Rangel Offers Olive Branch to ADL's Foxman

NEW YORK -- Charles Rangel, the Harlem congressman whose fence-sitting in the Rev. Louis Farrakhan imbroglio upset many in the Jewish community -- including some of his backers -- is expressing regret for making statements critical of the Anti-Defamation League.

Mr. Rangel had a public falling out with Abraham Foxman, the national director of the ADL, after the ADL set off a national controversy by printing in a New York Times advertisement vitriolic anti-Jewish remarks made by a Nation of Islam spokesman, Khalid Abdul Muhammad. Mr. Rangel publicly excoriated the Jewish group and accused Mr. Foxman of placing the advertisement to scare up donations. Mr. Rangel could not be reached for comment this week; Mr. Foxman said in an interview only that "it takes a big man to accept that he may have made a mistake and then to move forward from there."
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