November 2016: HuffPost published a blood libel in its Arabic editions, that a Jewish woman murdered the Prophet Muhammad — then refused to even reply to the ADL CEO’s request that it and other anti-Semitic items be removed
ADL Dismayed Over Failure By HuffPost Arabi to Remove Anti-Semitic Blog, ADL.org, January 12, 2017. Excerpt:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today voiced disappointment over the failure by editors at HuffPost Arabi to remove a blatantly anti-Semitic blog after it was first brought to their attention several weeks ago. The Arabic-language blog promotes a conspiracy theory blaming Jews for the death of the Prophet Mohammed.
“It is troubling that an anti-Semitic screed cleared The Huffington Post’s editorial review process and that our concerns so far have been ignored,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We call on The Huffington Post to immediately remove this offensive entry and to ensure that the proper safeguards are in place so that the Arabic site is free of anti-Semitism and incitement against Jews.”
The blog, initially titled “’Arsenic’ The poison, which a Jewish woman put in the food of the Prophet, peace be upon him,’” has been live on The Huffington Post’s Arabic language web site since it was first published on Nov. 29. It claims that a Jewish woman used arsenic to poison the Prophet Mohammed and includes other offensive anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.
ADL initially reached out with a letter to the editor of HuffPost Arabi on Dec. 7 and issued various tweets in Arabic and in English directly at site’s editor in chief, but has not received a response.
The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, was in full agreement with HuffPost that it should not comply with the ADL’s demands:
ADL Demands Arabian HuffPo Remove Article Saying Muhammed was Poisoned by a Jew, by Andrew Anglin, Daily Stormer, January 14, 2017. Excerpt:
Can you imagine going around defending the actions of your ancestors 1500 years ago? […]
I guess their [the ADL’s] argument would be that this stirs up hatred against them in modern times.
But obviously, that is wrong. No one cares about what the Jews were doing over a thousand years ago. No one even cares what the Jews were doing a year ago. What matters, and why people hate the Jews, is what they are doing now.
The CEO of the ADL wrote another free editorial for HuffPost, two weeks after HuffPost published this latest blood libel
HuffPost’s latest blood libel against Jews went live on November 29, 2016. ADL’s CEO continued writing free editorials for HuffPost, as in the case of this December 13, 2016 editorial:
As Aleppo Burns, We Cannot Stand Idly By, by Jonathan Greenblatt, The Huffington Post, December 13, 2016.