TITLE:ARAB-AMERICANS AND OTHERS DEMAND END TO ADL "SPYING" (06/23/93)
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ARAB-AMERICANS AND OTHERS DEMAND END TO ADL "SPYING"
(Jewish group says allegations "greatly distorted") (520)
By M. C. Jaspersen
USIA Staff Writer
Washington -- Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) President
Albert Mokhiber has called on the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
(ADL) to apologize for its "spying" on American citizens and to discontinue
At a June 22 news conference in front of ADL's national headquarters in
Washington -- which followed a lengthy protest by some 45 picketers --
Mokhiber pointed to the recent case in California, where, according to
press reports, authorities are investigating allegations that the ADL
maintained a private intelligence network which illegally tapped into
police records to cull information on some 12,000 people.
ADL "agents" reportedly admitted selling information on anti-apartheid
activists to South African intelligence agents, Mokhiber said, thus
generating "fears that similar information on Palestinian, Central American
and Irish political activists in the United States may have been provided
to governments hostile to" their right to participate in political
activities, as guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
Joining Mokhiber in protesting the alleged ADL surveillance were
spokespersons of other ethnic organizations who said they have been the
targets of such ADL spying.
Asked to comment on the protest, ADL spokesman Michael Lieberman said, "This
demonstration is based on grossly distorted and groundless accusations
against the ADL.
"Many of the groups involved in this demonstration," he added, "have a long
record of hostility to ADL and important interests to the Jewish community
-- such as the security of the state of Israel."
And, Lieberman added, "Contrary to allegations, ADL has never targeted civil
rights groups for investigations and we have never targeted any individual
on the basis of his or her race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual
Mokhiber said that "for years, ADL has attempted to discredit Arab-American
and other political activists who are critical of Israeli policy. Roy
Bullock, the ADL paid spy, it has now been revealed, infiltrated our own
The ADC, he said, finds it "most disconcerting" that the ADL, "a civil
rights organization with a commendable history of work for American
minorities, has taken it upon itself to spy upon a whole range of other
civil rights and progressive organizations" which should be "allies,
sharing the same values."
Adjoa Aiyetoro, executive director of the National Conference of Black
Lawyers, called the monitoring "shameful" and condemned what she
characterized as "government collusion" in providing illegal materials to
Also joining in the news conference were Angela Sanbrano, executive director
of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES);
Cynthia Johnson, co-director of the Women Strike for Peace; Betsy Swart,
representing the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; Rita Mullan,
representative of the Irish National Caucus; and Benito Torres, of the
Washington Peace Center.
Mokhiber said the ADC and the other organizations plan to continue picketing
the ADL on a weekly basis, until the ADL responds positively to their
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