The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an international non-governmental organization based in the United States. Describing itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency”, the ADL states that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.”
Founded in October 1913 by The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, a Jewish service organization in the United States, its original mission statement was “to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.” The ADL maintains a devotedly pro-Israel stance in their activism, working to raise awareness about the “complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian/ Israel/Arab conflict.” The ADL regularly publishes reports and web content about anti-Israel organizations and advocates against them.
The ADL has 29 offices in the United States and three offices in other countries including Israel, with its headquarters located in New York City. Since 1987, Abraham Foxman has been the national director. The national chairman in the United States is Robert Sugarman.