When Friends Turn Anti-Semitic

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is the NGO of the Society of Friends, or Quakers. While it seeks to wear a moral mantle it claims from its 1947 Nobel Prize, in recent decades it has eschewed its values of peace and nonviolence and embraced unapologetically the world’s worst dictators and terrorist movements bent on genocide. One of the first pieces I wrote for this website almost three years ago was an examination of the AFSC’s work in North Korea and, previously, I had also co-written a piece with a fellow Quaker school alum looking at the AFSC’s conflation of pacifism with hard-left politics. It might seem strange to preach non-violence and work with a government that both runs concentration camps and summarily executes children, but after having shilled for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge as that monstrous group massacred millions of Cambodians, such skewed values shouldn’t surprise.

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When Friends Turn Anti-Semitic

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