Friday, December 30, 2005

Uma Carta

Dear Andre Pereira,

As the conclusion of 2005 draws near, I would like to thank you for your support of ADL. Whether the backing is moral or financial, we couldn’t undertake the work that we do without you.
ADL’s Annual Appeal is the most important campaign of the year. It’s the one that determines how much funding we can call on in the coming months to sustain our fight against anti-Semitism and hate and to challenge bias and prejudice wherever it is found.
Over the last year - because tens of thousands of individuals like you have spoken up and spoken out -world leaders, especially in Europe, have heard our concerns and have begun responding more vigorously to anti-Semitism both in their own countries and around the world. That said, I sometimes feel that for every step forward, we have to fight harder and harder to prevent ourselves being driven two steps back. As you well know, in places such as the Middle East, significant areas of Europe and specific countries like Ukraine, the disease of anti-Semitism is spreading at an alarming rate. We need your support more than ever to fight this epidemic.
You can be sure of one thing. In the face of these new threats, ADL will not back down. Whether the challenge is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his threat to destroy Israel and kill millions, or a swastika on an American synagogue in your neighborhood, we will:
Investigate hate crime
Expose extremists
Educate and engage the public
Advocate and intervene with leaders worldwide
In all these efforts, we depend on people like you who are willing to stand up for your principles and beliefs by funding our work.
Abraham H. Foxman