The Anti-Defamation League compiled a list of 10 significant issues and events that the organization determines could affect the lives of Jews worldwide. Nuclear arms talks, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and increases in anti-Semitic attacks are found on the list, as well as the election of Pope Francis and his positive influence on Catholic-Jewish relations.
The list is as follows:
1. World powers negotiate with Iran, with limited results
2. In a visit to Jerusalem, President Obama urges a two-state solution
3. Supreme Court decisions change landscape for civil rights in America
4. Attacks against Jews increase globally; neo-Nazis gain traction in Europe
5. Election of Pope Francis bodes well for Catholic-Jewish relations
6. Syrian civil war prompts a refugee crisis; Assad fires chemical weapons
7. Anti-Semitism challenges Internet providers
8. U.S. spearheads new round of Israeli- Palestinian negotiations
9. Anti-Israel activity spreads on American college campuses
10. Anti-Semitism declines domestically, but concerns remain
“The diplomatic talks in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program were a serious gamble for the U.S. and the other five countries involved,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director. “And now that there’s a limited initial agreement on the table, there is also an open question of Iran being truly serious about conceding its nuclear weapons program and arriving at a comprehensive final agreement.”
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL national chair, also cited significant changes to the civil rights landscape, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision to declare a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, as well as striking down a critical component of the Voting Rights Act.
“These were landmark decisions that could impact Americans and the Jewish community for years to come,” Curtiss-Lusher said.
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.