tv The Anti- Defamation League Holds its National Leadership Summit CSPAN May 16, 2016 10:18pm-11:09pm EDT
>> i am pleased and honored to have with us today israel's ambassador to the united states. ambassador was raised in miami beach florida where his father and brother served as mayor. you can consult the summit with his dirty from miami to be appointed as israel's ambassador in 2013. what did his most trusted geysers and as the emissary to the united states during a consequential time for
israel and the jewish people. we are grateful to be with us today. mr. ambassador it is great to have at our podium please join me to welcome him. [applause] >> bone appetit. i hear the clinking of the plates. >> it is the pleasure to have an opportunity to speak at this conference that brings in leaders from across the country and it gives me on behalf of israel and said to think jonathan. where is he?
it still gives me the opportunity. [laughter] and the many others who work day after day, to fight the definition of the jewish people and the jewish state has embassador my mission is to regain since israel's interest in washington and strengthen the relationship between israel and america. the sheer that has included focusing on ways to combat the aggression and terror working and efforts between the israelis and palestinians into opposed him in the international arena with the memorandum of understanding with military
assistance to israel that i hope we can conclude soon. but today i want to use my very limited time to talk not about my mission but your mission over one century ago with a defamation of the jewish people with fair treatment for all in this organization can take great pride in the work it has done over the last century to advance that mission that has long been the respected voice in the broader struggle for civil rights is a human-rights and is always recognized when the rights of one are in danger the rights of all are in danger with this is more
than 100 year-old mission but also a reminder of what some have forgotten is the definition of the jewish people for the birth of the jewish state when year before in the outbreak of world war i, two decades before the rise of hitler and 35 years before the birth of israel it was founded to stop us a definition of the jews and as people go very well it was not unique to the 20th century. it is a problem unique or more with descended time and space and cultures.
and the jewish state's is because of the defamation with a spread of anti-semitism across the world. plus the schaede poll questioning with the enrages statements with the actions of killers in paris the irony is that is the cause of today's semitism some believe that israel was the cure for anti-semitism and some of the greatest his eye on thinkers that it was primarily a function to be a minority every where that
the jewish people would be treated. that they did not have the state is that they do have a state of the establishment is neither the cause of for the care of anti-semitism but what that did do was to give the jewish people the power to defend themselves against anti-semitism to allow the jewish state inevitably spill over among
the anti-semitic movement is should be exposed as much. but it is not enough, you can clap in a minute. [laughter] but it is not enough to pin "the scarlet letter" on the chest of the movement. that is not difficult to do and with the attempt to judge them by a a different standard than other people. and to judge them by a different standard of other people -- other countries is an old hatred in a new form. and wishes to lou divest or boycott the question we should be asking is a very simple one.
is that the list of the boycott countries? we should not accuse them of anti-semitism but should assume they are misinformed that it has applied that to all countries in the world israel has for some reason been wrongly included. our job should be to engage this organization to get a fax to ensure that they know the truth. to make sure they knew about the open society and the commitment to women and minorities and to protect the sacred site of jews and muslims and christians and all faith. i'll put their recent
decision of freedom house has only partially free. with the israeli press that this is an absolutely absurd decision. and that is one of the freest press of the world. and to have included some the other countries in that category i would say that the answer is more engagement and dialogue to get the facts straight. and to divest those funds
from israel but when we hear american academic society has called to boycott israeli academics and we find out the only country being targeted for divestment is israel then we should assume it is anti-semitism. that in the middle east where agent communiques are decimated the one country being targeted is the only country in the region where christians are free and safe only makes anti-semitism that much more disgraceful. in the world and we're in dozens of countries are imprisoned for their belief but they can say what they want and research what they want only to make it that much more obscene but the
is to believe it is a disease that information and education alone can eradicate. those who believe this should learn the history of the jewish people. they should learn that anti-semitism has afflicted both the ignorance and the educated. they should learn that the legacy of this ancient hatred is not only in the pitchfork and clubs of the crowds but also in the poisoned minds of the voltaire's and the t.s. eliot's. they should read a book called, the devil in the juice. and tried to make sense of that poison. it was written by joshua trachtenberg and published in 1940. it was published on the even the holocaust. here's here's a passage from it that we should all be wise to keep in mind in the years ahead.
all the statistics and the arguments that have been advanced to refute anti-semitic rivals have not succeeded in effectively demolishing a single one of them. they thrive despite the fact that they can be, and are so easily exploited. the story ends in sociologists, economists and anthropologists, and all the rest, not to mention simple lovers of truth can argue themselves blue in the face, but those who believe those fables go on believing. and acting as though they were truths. why in heaven's name is this? there can be but one answer. people believe such things because they want to believe them. they are previous foes predisposed to accept these
irrespective to what they fit into their preconceived notion of the jews. the specific charges charges are nothing more than rationalizations of an underlying animus. if one is temporarily outvoted, a, a dozen others spring up in its place. and they need be but superficially paul plausible to be embrace as gospel truth. ladies and gentlemen, we can, and we must face the facts nearly clearly. we can and we must spread the truth on apologetically. because the facts and the truth do matter. they matter first of all to the jewish people, that they also matter to people of good will and opened minds everywhere. but we must also recognize that old habits die hard. and that the oldest habits die hard us.
we once recognize that there are some people who will always want to believe the worst about the juice in the worst about the jewish faith. we must must appreciate that israel is no more responsible for the venomous hatred directed against it then jews were responsible for the venomous hatred directed against them across the ages. a century ago this organization set out on a mission to stop, to stop the deformation of the juice. that is a noble mission. certainly worth pursuing. i am just not sure any force on earth can fully achieve it. but if we cannot stop the deformation of the jews, we can certainly fight the deformation of the juice. we can spread the truth, we can
expose the hypocrisy, we can do the legitimize the d legitimize her's. and we can do it knowing that while this war may never be fully one, each and every battle counts, and the actions of each and every soldier can make a difference. so to you, the soldiers of the avl, i say thank you. thank you for continuing to be israel's steadfast partner in defending the jewish people and the do jewish state. [applause]. thank you [applause].
[inaudible] [inaudible] >> and now jonathan. >> thank you. i think they said i was going to take a couple of questions which i am happy to do now. >> no questions. >> trend for. >> so the question was is there a question between anti- semitism -- what i would say snow. there is a difference between it and i said in of israel. a number of years ago i worked with one of my mentors on coming up with the way of telling the difference, which i'm sure many people here in this room know it
that call it the 3-d test to be able to show the difference between legitimate criticism could be tough. and criticism that spills over into anti-semitism. these were demonization of israel, a double standard and also the denial of israel's right to exist. by the way, those of you who do not know the reason why i chose the three d's is because the image is because when you watch a 3-d movie everything is blurred if you are not wearing the glasses. if you put it on, it pops up at you. but i didn't know is when i said that, while called the 3d test, he had never seen a 3d movie. [laughter] i suppose growing up in the soviet union and spending nine years of your adult life -- probably limits your 3d watching possibility. but that 3-d test was supposed to show the difference. now i suppose you could argue,
before the birth of israel that if you are again zionism that you are not anti-semitism. in fact, fact, the jews believe do something doesn't preclude, there's a lot of anti-and american americans, there's a lot of anti- somatic jews as well. that's not an answer. but once you have a solid jewish fate you have a living, breathing state that is 68 years old. what are the anti-zionist saying? they're saying they're saying that the jewish people who have a state do not have a right to self-determination, alone among nations of the world. to have that position and be anti-zionist and to to argue that you believe the palestinian should have a state, that makes it more outrageous. the palestinians trace back their history as they collected all the way back to the 1950s. the jewish people faced our
identity as a people, we are calling ourselves jews, i'm just not getting into the bay, same when the palestinians were first themselves as palestinians, we have been a jewish people for 4000 years. so you are going to be against the right of the jewish people to a state of their own? that's what zionism is. now, zionism, the definition, the definition, the right of the jewish people to self-determination in the land of israel. you can argue i suppose what the jewish people it is, you, you can argue about the borders of the state and the land of israel should be, but if you are arguing against the self-determination of the jewish people and you are denying the right of the juice to the state of their own, i think, unless you don't believe any peoples have right to state, if you are someone who does not believe
that there should be any nation, any nations of the world, any nationstates any nationstates in the world, then i suppose you can be an anti- zionist without being anti-seminars. but if you believe there are any nations in the world that deserve a right to a state but you deny the jewish people the right to a state then you have a promise called anti-semitism. [inaudible] >> obviously all. >> the question was what was the position of israel to the rising anti-semitism europe and jews in coming to israel. first of all we believe that all government should protect their citizens. regardless of their faith. so they should be protective where they're at. what they should know is that they always have the right to
come to israel. that is a right that everyone who is a supporter of israel should never take for granted. it is a a right that we did not have as a people for many many centuries. we were kicked out of one landed were looking for some other king or president. what's interesting is with all of the problems of the jews in europe, one question that no one is asking is where are those jews going to go? that is, because israel is an answer, it might not be the answer but it is an answer. that is, i think, to provide a refuge to jews in danger anywhere around the world. i will tell you, this may be a personal observation for somebody who lives in jerusalem.
i see a direct connection between anti-semitism in france and the quality of restaurants in jerusalem. [laughter] the worse it gets there, the better the eating is in jerusalem [applause]. i think one more question. [inaudible] >> it seems to me a lot of young jews were about the essence of exercising that pattern. >> let me make a -- i actually make a distinction. the question is, sorry the jews are holding themselves to a higher standard and a lot of the jews were involved are simply can tune you that tradition. here i would make an addendum to what i said. of specifically mentioned church groups and i specifically mentioned academic groups.
because those are national organizations or international organizations. therefore if you single out israel at the national or international organization, alone among nations of the world i believe you're an anti-semi. i i do not believe the same can be said of jews are palestinians who are engaged in the vbs movement. i will not call them a anti-salmon night because the fact that they're more interested in israel than in north korea, iran, or syria, or a hundred other countries in the world is because they feel a specific connection and may be responsibility to that. i would not call them anti-semites. they might be. but i don't know it by nature of the movement itself. what i would call them as moral idiots. which is different. there have been many jews who have actually taken, stood stood with the enemies of the jewish people throughout our history, who thought they were doing it for the best of reasons. they do not intend to bring harm to the jewish people but ultimately they brought the
power, forces to cause great harm to the jewish people. that is the case with the bolshevik movement, it was the case there is even jews who wanted to join the nazi party. people don't know this. or not d it until about 1935. in the case of the vbs movement, all of the non-jewish supporters of the vbs movement, i think without exception will all want to see the disruption of israel. maybe you can find one or two people. all of them. they will said openly. they don't they don't support to states of two people, they don't support peace between israel and a future state, they support the dismantling of israel. so for jews to join those groups who are enemies of the jewish people and i say enemies because they intend to bring harm, your answers, your opponents are those who disagree with you on
the best way to achieve a common objective. your enemies are those who try to do harm. so 99% of people who are leading the vbs movement want cause harm to the jewish state and the jewish people. that is why kyle those jews who mistakenly, and misguidedly join them, i call the moral idiots. we have a long tradition of them among our people but we have a new tradition over the last 68 years. the stories of jews siding with the enemies of the jewish people, handful of jews siding with our enemies is an old story. the new story is that there is a sovereign jewish state ready to defend the jews on the battlefield and to defend the jewish people on the course of public opinion. thank thank you. thank you very much. [applause].
>> ladies and gentlemen to make a special presentation, please welcome the ceo, jonathan green black. [applause]. >> good afternoon. first of all before i get started and we begin the presentation, can i just remarked upon what a pleasure it was to have a master drummer here today. thank you for clear and forceful conversation. i think his description of anti- saying this and anti-semitism and the linkage between the two is something we should take to heart. there's nothing wrong with criticizing policy. we all do it but when he
question the legitimacy of the state in the way nobody does in the country of the civilized world, that's a problem, that's anti-semitism. many years ago, before terrorism was a concern for all of us in before the horror of 911, our friend and longtime supporter, alan gary had the foresight to help adl provide our expertise on terrorists and extremists to law enforcement so they could do a better job of protecting all of us. ellen and the adl created the william and naomi terrorist -- in the intervening years material and information that we through the center had been able to apply to law enforcement have proved to be extremely valuable and the work that they do day in and day out protecting us. every single person in this room owes an eternal debtor of gratitude to those men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every single day to
keep all of us safe and secure. [applause]. we are extraordinarily proud that our institute service award has been presented to many law-enforcement officials at the fbi, cia, u.s. customs service among other federal agencies. the list of prior recipients is in your program. i think you'll agree that you have a chance to take a look that it's an incredibly impressive roster. today we honor another distinguished member of the law-enforcement community and truly a national leader on the issues that all of our communities are facing everyday. on december 18, 2014, 4 months after the events of ferguson missouri the relations between police and the communities they serve its got national attention president obama signed it executive order establishing the task force on policing. it was charged with making recommendations on matters ranging from use of deadly force
to police training. it's paramount uncle was tacked as a catalyst of rebuilding the trust between the people and the guardians who serve them. the choice to leave this initiative as cochair was a man rightly recognized inside and outside of law-enforcement as one of the profession's most important and influential leaders in law-enforcement. that individual is charles h ramsey. [applause]. >> in a career spanning more than four decades charles ramsey led the distinction of having lived three of the largest police department, chicago, washington, dc, and philadelphia. he simultaneously served as president of to the nation's most prominent law-enforcement organizations, the major city chiefs association and the police executive research forum.
ramsey is respected by his expertise and as a visionary police leader in the arena of civil rights and police community relations. he grew up in the south side of chicago and enrolled in the city's police cadet program to help pay for his college tuition. chief ramsey quickly rose to the ranks becoming is chicago police department's youngest african-american sergeant. he became a lieutenant and captain. by the time he was employed at deputy superintendent, chief ramsey had established a reputation for innovation within the department and across the country, particularly in this area building trust between police and communities. in 1998, he was selected to serve as chief of police of washington dc's metropolitan police department. transforming an agency that was weakened by budget cuts, low morale and misconduct, he literally transformed it into one of the finest in the nation.
in 2007 he washed washington to become commissioner of the city of philadelphia's police department, the nation's fourth largest in this past january he retired after eight years as commissioner. mr. ramsey has always believed law-enforcement leader must also be an educator and a mentor, and a role model. commissioner ramsey has said david friedman was the first community leader that he met when he came here to washington d.c. shortly after they met, david and chief ramsey visited the united states holocaust memorial museum together. that it that experience affected him so much. he created a training the history of the holocaust as a springboard to increase law-enforcement's understanding of its relationship to the people that it served. also its role as a protector of the constitution and as a
guardian of our individual rights. he wanted something different from other trainings, one that would connect his recruits, not just intellectually but emotionally. we will not change behavior if we do not change attitudes, he later wrote. wrote. we will not change attitude if we do not change a person's heart. we need we need to affect away in which officers see themselves and their role in society. we need need to change what is inside them and help them see things differently. the new program that resulted from chief ramsey's inspiration, we call it law-enforcement in society, or l.a. es was launched in 1998 and expanded from training recruits to training all 3500 sworn officers in the department. the next year, the fbi director louis heard about the training and mandated that every new fbi agent must go through this
program, this adl program. las has trained more than 110,000 law enforcement professionals in the u.s. as well as senior leaders from 85 foreign countries. it is now a required component in the fbi's major training program for u.s. and international law-enforcement. last year they redesigned the new agent curriculum and built it around l eas. think about that for a moment. around l eas. the program is no quote component of ramsey's own police executive leadership institute. above all us he says her role as police officers is to protect and preserve the rights of the people, defending these rights for all people, all of the time, ultimately defines us as police officers. for more than four decades charles ramsey has devoted his life to fulfilling that role. at a time when our political season is so charged, and there's so much rhetoric that pushes people apart, it is an honor and a privilege that we
today have the opportunity to celebrate ephraim z whose entire career is about bringing people together. adl is proud to honor and present our institute service award to none other than charles h ramsey. [applause]. [inaudible] >> as chief ramsey takes the award i would like to read the inscription to everyone.
we are proud to present the william institute service award to charles h ramsey in recognition of your distinguished career and public service and for preserving our democratic values. the institute is is dedicated to providing the institute with timely education and materials to enhance productivity in serving the public. adl is committed to achieving. chief ramsey in a course we like to thank ellen gary and daryl for being here today, thank you so much. [applause]. >> thank you very much. you you took a lot of what i was going to say in your duction there but i want to thank you. i was just handed the award to an individual who means all and a lot me and that is david friedman. [applause]. i handed him that award because without david i would not be standing here right now quite frankly. it all started in 1998. i was a
i was a brand-new police chief in washington, d.c. jonathan, i'm not certain if he was the very first person i met but he was among the first. it was very close, too close, too close to call, i can't really remember. when he first take over in a city is a police chief you get a lot of letters and invitations because everybody wants to meet you. i came from chicago, i was not from washington, so i had no history with anyone so whether it is community organization, business groups, it really didn't matter. everyone wanted to to kind of know the new guy was in town. one of those letters came from david freeman. i wesley i had never met david before, i did not know him. i read the letter and i said okay, fine it sounds interesting, we'll have a chance to visit the united states holocaust memorial museum with him.
it was put on my schedule. to be honest with you it's absolutely nothing more than one more thing on my schedule. i mean, you start each day look to see what you have to do. i was still, my family still in chicago and every other week i was flying back to chicago and that afternoon i was scheduled to fly back to chicago so that would fill my morning, i would leave, go, go to the airport, that would be it. so i go to the museum and i meet david. but i also met another individual, irene weiss was a survivor. it was a group of people, fairly large group of people come untran, some members members of adl, some from the museum itself, and of course irene and her daughter were there. as we are walking through museum, i am walking alongside irene and she is telling me her story as we walked through the museum.
now, i am 66 years old so i went through high school in the 1960s. i have to admit, history was not my favorite subject. i do not recall learning of an awful lot about the holocaust when i went through school. it was glossed over. it probably, to a large extent is still not debt with the way it ought to be dealt with in school. but in the 1960s i guarantee you it was not really talked about, at least not in the chicago public school that i went to. so i knew a little bit about it and so forth but i did not really understand everything that took place. so going through the museum it was an incredibly powerful experience. in fact, it was hunting because after i left i connected the images out of my mind and i felt troubled and i did not quite know why.
when you go on a tour like that you are moving quickly, you cannot stop and read everything, people are explaining and you have to keep it moving. i remember one very powerful moment when i am with irene, we get to that one part of the museum when you go to this boxcar that we use to transport juice to the concentration camps. she says, this is very much like the card that my family and i were placed in and taken to auschwitz. we walk through the car and she pointed to a couple of areas in the car where the buckets for people to relieve themselves, how credit was, how hot it was and everything she remembered. there is a huge photograph that you see as you step out of the car. >> .. she says that's me right there. >> ..
it wasn't long lysol what bothered me one of the first photographs is of a police officer and a soldier with the german shepherd with a crazed look in his eye. i never understood the role of police and the holocaust i always thought soldiers and the nazis but never thought about the police. i thought more errant more how they were involved it made me stop and think about the role of police in a democratic society which germany was was struggling with three relations although i felt uncomfortable with the.
into implied that everybody is insensitive. it is a total waste of time because but i saw this as an example of the role of police in a democratic society and i had an obligation to protect all of them and not allow any type of different years special treatment but the holocaust was an even that was very real that happened at a point in history before that people or the officers in the classroom were even alive so that does it carry that same emotional baggage
if you talk about courage to race relations. and to see what happens if you allow yourself to start sliding down. i gave david a call he was the first person. i did not know him that well so it was a hot hand an idea and we talked and we got the museum people involved. and they began the hard work and they started to cartel
that curriculum with a lot of different versions but the bottom line is a really did stimulate thought and devotion to get people understanding what it means to be a police officer in how unique our role is it society. to ask the average police officer with the reality that it is a narrow slice of what we do. we have not only stood on this side of justice either you need only to think of the civil-rights movement and we have evolved in have continued but there is baggage with the oath of office that we take.
as part of major city chiefs decided we would start a leadership development program it is more by a lot they can design unfortunately. it is what developed the future leaders in our profession. they don't create followers but other leaders so the first person i call it is stated. so we have three cohorts go through and those of a 40 become chiefs of the country up pretty good track record. [applause]
and table the department's because they have a deeper understanding of what they're really means to be a police officer or to lead an organization and in today's environment it is more important so i humbly accept this award and i share it with you in never would have gotten off the ground want to thank you and the holocaust museum for their efforts because you make ed huge difference in my life. god bless. [applause]
[inaudible conversations] that was us a great morning and now we have a wonderful afternoon. i would like to tell my story in six words. i imagine a world without hate. [applause] it as advocates we know sometimes it is not enough to be smart or even correct but with a grasp of the political landscape to have those strategies to succeed. so we have been listed those with a deep understanding to reform a conversation we should look for in the next phase of the election campaign.
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