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    Anti-Defamation League Donations Surge 1000 Percent Following Neo-Nazi Violence

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    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the oldest organizations dedicated to fighting against anti-Semitism in the United States, recently witnessed a surge in donations in the wake of the violence that erupted at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12.

    ADL spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara confirmed that donations from James Murdoch, chairman of 21st Century Fox, who donated $1 million last week, and other companies like Uber, Apple, MGM Resorts and dating app Bumble, resulted in a 1,000 percent increase in donations compared to an average week. 

    The number of online donations also spiked 600 percent, and more than half of online donations were from first-time donors.

    Giant bank JP Morgan also chimed in and donated a generous $1 million to the ADAL and Southern Poverty Law Center, an American nonprofit legal advocacy group.

    All these corporate donors also vowed to match ADL donations that their employees make.

    Although the New York-based anti-discrimination organization publicized percentage increases in donations, they did not release any dollar amounts.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger also joined the ranks of donors, donating $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, another global human rights organization fighting against racism and anti-Semitism.

    Schwarzenegger's contribution accompanied his release of a passionate video on August 19, denouncing hate and taking US President Donald Trump to task for hesitating to do the same.

    ​After the Charlottesville violence, ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt released a press statement calling for much-needed leadership from Trump.

    "I think we should expect our leader in the highest office in the land to step above the lowest possible bar," he said. "Statements are not sufficient at this stage in the game. We need to move from words to action."

    He went on to add, "The threat is not over. The hate groups are feeling emboldened and are already organizing a number of other rallies. The president needs to engage broadly, with leaders in Congress and others in the civil rights community, to execute a plan to stop the threat of further violence."


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