Billionaire investor Bill Gates has given $10 million to a nonprofit that seeks to defeat anti-Semitic boycotts by the Anti-Defamation League, according to The Hill.
The philanthropy will be used to fight the boycott by “the Jewish community and their allies,” Gates’ foundation said in a statement.
The billionaire investor has been vocal in his opposition to the boycott, and this is the first donation from a foreign investor to the ADL.
The ADL’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said he was “heartened” by the donation.
The organization, ADL StandWithUs, will support the “public diplomacy campaign” of the Jewish community, Greenblat said in the statement.
“We believe that the ADLC is one of the most effective voices on this issue in the United States.
Its advocacy is consistent with its mission, and it is critical that our work remain public,” Greenblatto said.
“Its advocacy and work has made a huge difference in the lives of millions of Americans, and we are committed to ensuring that it continues to do so.”
The donation comes as ADL has seen a significant rise in hate incidents over the past year.
According to a report by The Anti-Fascist Action Center, the organization saw an increase of 11.8 percent in hate crimes last year.
The number of anti-Israel incidents grew by 10.5 percent.
The anti-Semitism is not new to the group, as the organization has faced criticism for using the word “Zionism” to describe the Jewish state.
In 2016, the ADLS announced the creation of a new office focused on combating anti-Jewish bias and the spread of anti–Semitic stereotypes.
The office is called the Anti Defamation League Anti-Semitism Project.