11/23/2005 11:34:00 AM
To: National Desk
Contact: Myrna Shinbaum, 212-885-7747 or Todd Gutnick, 212-885-7755, Both of Anti-Defamation League
NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Reacting to revelations that Michael Jackson referred to Jews as "leeches" in a voicemail to a former business manager, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said the pop music icon "has an anti-Semitic streak" and hasn't learned from his past mistakes, including the use of anti- Semitic epithets in a 1995 song he wrote.
In tapes aired yesterday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Jackson was heard saying of Jews, "They suck...They're like leeches... I'm so tired of it...It is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
"Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak, and hasn't learned from his past mistakes. It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on Jews. It is sad that Jackson is infected with classically stereotypical ideas of Jews as all-powerful, money-grubbing and manipulative.
"We had hoped that Jackson would have learned from his mistakes. While he apologized for, and later removed the anti- Jewish lyrics in 'They Don't Care About Us,' it is clear now that he never was able to completely remove the bigotry from his own heart.
"It is important now for Mr. Jackson to stand up and acknowledge that his words are hurtful and hateful. He needs to show his fans that he rejects bigotry and is truly serious about stamping out, in his words, 'the ugliness of racism, anti- Semitism and stereotyping.' This can only begin with an apology to Jews everywhere, especially those fans who have been deeply hurt and offended by his words."
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.
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