YOU’VE got to give Abraham Foxman credit — he is an eminently adaptable creature.
Leave alone that his knowledge base and skill set as the Anti-Defamation League’s national director since 1987 are nothing less than amazing when it comes to anti-Semitism and discrimination, the ADL’s traditional areas of focus.
It’s his ability to change with the times and circumstances that makes Foxman so formidable a foe of anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all varieties.
Anti-Semitism and racism are constantly changing phenomena. They respond to any number of economic, political, social and religious forces, sometimes coming out in the open, other times slipping into the shadows, sometimes manifesting in violent ways, other times surfacing in peaceful, even democratic, avenues.
Foxman is neither daunted nor confused by any of this. Like any capable fighter, he adapts to his opponent’s moves and tactics. He has an encyclopedic memory and an experienced eye, and is very seldom misled or misdirected.
While he would be the first to acknowledge that during his 47-year career with ADL he and the organization have made a handful of mistakes, he is obviously unafraid of standing on his record.