Two Muslim Groups Named as Anti-Israeli

Two Muslim groups rank in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) newly released top 10 list of anti-Israel groups in the United States. They are the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and American Muslims for Palestine. The ADL, a prominent pro-Israel activist group, says their top 10 list is made up groups that have a “hostile and misleading narrative about Israel.”

The ADL claims that these groups are the most “significant” players in the American domestic anti-Israeli movement. Groups are added to the list because of their alleged ability to organize, sponsor and endorse Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel; their sponsorship of and participation in anti-Israel rallies, panel discussions or conferences; and lobbying efforts against Israel. No specific examples were given.  Still, ADL National Director believes their top 10 list is comprised of groups on, “convincing the American public that Israel is an international villain that deserves to be ostracized and isolated.”

The ADL admits that the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) plays a “positive role in the civil rights, counterterrorism and interfaith communities,” however, it is MPAC’s involvement in supposed anti-Israel campaigns and the use of anti-Israel rhetoric, that the ADL finds, “extremely troubling.”

The Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups, as identified by ADL, are:

  • ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
  • American Muslims for Palestine
  • CODEPINK
  • Friends of Sabeel-North America
  • If Americans Knew/Council for the National Interest
  • Jewish Voice for Peace
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Neturei Karta
  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation