Friday, 5 October 2007

MuzzleWatch - A Cure for the ADL Toxins?

This website declares its mission as:

Tracking efforts to stifle open debate about US-Israeli foreign policy.

But it's rather more than that; a welcome antidote to the poisonous bile promoted by the ADL and other US Jewish organisations:

MuzzleWatch is a project of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
Founded in 1996, Jewish Voice for Peace is a national grassroots peace organization dedicated to promoting a US foreign policy in the Middle East based on peace, democracy, human rights and respect for international law.

With over 20,000 supporters and members, JVP’s board of Jewish American and Israeli advisors includes Pulitzer and Tony award winner Tony Kushner, actor Ed Asner, poet Adrienne Rich as well as other respected rabbis, artists, scholars and activists.

MuzzleWatch is dedicated to creating an open atmosphere for debate about US-Israeli foreign policy by:

- shining a light on incidents that involve pressure, intimidation, and outright censorship of critics of US-Israeli policy
- showing that there is a real environment of intimidation that keeps people from speaking honestly and openly
- making groups that use silencing tactics accountable

While the site encourages people from across the political spectrum to debate freely and vigorously, personal or excessively abusive attacks will not be tolerated. Repeat offenders may be banned from the board.

A thankful sign of sanity and health in American Jewry.

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