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There is no excuse for bringing religion into a discussion about greed and the film industry. Greed is a human frailty. -- Abraham Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League. [More on Foxman and Greed.]

Press Release
October 17, 2003

Index to ADLADL Says New Republic Editor's Apology for Anti-Semitic Column 'Insufficient'

To: National Desk

Contact: Myrna Shinbaum, 212-885-7747, Todd Gutnick, 212-885-7755, both of the Anti-Defamation League

Harvey WeinsteinNEW YORK, Oct. 17 [U.S. Newswire] -- The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that today's mea culpa by New Republic Senior Editor Gregg Easterbrook for his anti-Semitic writings on the Hollywood film industry was "insufficient," and called on Easterbrook and the magazine to make a clear statement of apology.

The League responded after Easterbrook published "An Apology" on the New Republic's Web site, where he characterized his original remarks as a "poor wording."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We expect more from The New Republic. Gregg Easterbrook's mea culpa is insufficient. It's a rationalization. There is no excuse for bringing religion into a discussion about greed and the film industry. Greed is a human frailty. Money is not only colorless, it is faithless.

By injecting religion into his criticism about the film industry -- in his identifying Harvey Weinstein of Miramax (right) and Michael Eisner of Disney (left) as Jewish -- Mr. Easterbrook Michael Eisnersummons up classic stereotypes that Jews are greedy, money-grubbing and morally deficient.

His column feeds into the classic canard of "Jewish control" of Hollywood, a charge that has led to blaming Jews for contributing to the general decline of society through their "control" of popular culture.

Sadly, instead of making a clear apology and a rejection of anti-Semitic stereotypes, Mr. Easterbrook says he "wrote poorly" and was misunderstood. Mr. Easterbrook's remarks reflect either absolute ignorance or total bigotry.

We find it hard to fathom that a senior editor at the New Republic could have absolutely no knowledge of the hateful canards about greed and Jewish moneylenders that have contributed to two-thousand years of persecution against the Jewish people.


The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

© 2003 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/



Website note: Abraham Foxman, wealthy and controversial chief of the Anti Defamation League, likes to refer to himself as a "Holocaust survivor." As a biography on this website shows, he was not even born when Hitler invaded his native Poland, and he was looked after by Polish Catholics throughout the war; his parents also "survived".

. . . on this website

Our dossier on the Anti-Defamation League
Outrage in Hollywood New Republic editor Easterbrook accuses "Jewish executives" Harvey Weinstein and Michael Eisner of money grubbing with violent movie "Kill Bill"
Easterbrook's subsequent apology
More from our website on ADL's Abraham Foxman: The boss of crusade against anti-semitism confesses to press that his organisation took huge bribe to influence US President to pardon billionaire Jewish fraudster | -- says "The guy who gives you $100 doesn't get as much attention as the guy who gives you $10,000" | -- admits ADL took Marc Rich's $100G before pushing pardon: sees "no connection" | ADL's Foxman grovels, March, 2001 | New York Daily News assails ADL, "Jewish Leaders' Unpardonable Role" in Jan. 2001 Marc Rich corruption scandal | Elie Wiesel denies he Threw Weight into Campaign to Secure Pardon for Mega-Fraudster Rich (but he did) | Marc Rich Linked To $9 Billion Russian Jewish mafia Money Laundering Investigation | Walter Reich and Charles Krauthammer on Bill Clinton's pardoning of tax-fraudster Marc Rich
Oct 22, 2003: Easterbrook dismissed by ESPN

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