Jerusalem, November 22, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at reports of an abhorrent program organized by Israeli Jewish extremists to map businesses in Jerusalem that employ Arabs, so as to steer Jewish customers away.
According to news reports, the program "Hebrew Labor," is being conducted by approximately 20 right-wing activists who go door-to-door assessing if Arabs are employed in a particular business.
ADL's Israel Office issued the following statement:
The singling out of businesses that employ Arab labor by extremist Jews is abhorrent and reminiscent of vigilantism. It is outrageous and repugnant. This so-called 'project' is antithetical to Israel's democratic society, and contrary to the core values of the State of Israel, which foster the full economic and social integration of all its citizens.
All businesses in greater Jerusalem should refuse to cooperate with these fringe activists.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.