ADL doesn’t acknowledge others’ work on Northeastern University anti-Semitism, groups say

( The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) say the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) failed to acknowledge their work to combat anti-Semitism at Northeastern University in Boston, while taking credit for successes itself.

Northeastern University. Credit: Piotrus via Wikimedia Commons.

In a recent statement on the issue, leaders of ADL’s New England Region and Boston’s Jewish federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), said, “Over the past year we have worked closely with officials at Northeastern regarding those concerns [of anti-Semitism]. Northeastern has devoted considerable resources to addressing this issue, and has done so in a thoughtful and responsible manner.”

Susan Tuchman, director of the ZOA Center for Law and Justice, explained that ZOA “prepared a letter back in July detailing all of the problems that Jewish students were suffering” at Northeastern. ADL followed up by sending Northeastern President Joseph Aoun its own letter, but “never sent us a copy of [their] letter, never reached out to us to work together on the issue,” Tuchman told

APT President Charles Jacobs told The Jewish Advocate of Boston that when ZOA and APT first brought up the issue of Northeastern anti-Semitism, ADL dismissed their concerns.

CJP President Barry Shrage told that he has called both ZOA National President Morton A. Klein and Tuchman to apologize for CJP and ADL not mentioning ZOA’s involvement on the Northeastern issue.

Posted on November 29, 2013 .