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ADL: Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria "An Immoral Crime of the First Order"

New York, NY, August 26, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed horror and outrage at the deployment of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians, reportedly by the Syrian government, and welcomed the commitment by the United States to hold accountable those responsible for this “moral obscenity.”

According to news reports and international humanitarian groups, rockets containing nerve gas were fired at the suburbs of Damascus last Wednesday, killing hundreds of civilians and wounding thousands. 

In a strong statement denouncing the attack, Secretary of State John Kerry stated that the administration is consulting closely with key allies, and that the president “will be making an informed decision about how to respond.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We are horrified and outraged at the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria, an immoral crime of the first order.  As Jews, we are particularly sickened by the images of unarmed and defenseless men, women and children who were indiscriminately targeted for death by toxic chemical weapons made and stockpiled by the Syrian government.

For more than two years, the world has been witness to President Bashar al-Assad’s slaughtering of his own citizens. Following the horrific events of last week there is no longer any doubt about the brutal and evil nature of Assad and his regime.

We welcome Secretary Kerry’s clear statement of condemnation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the U.S. commitment to work with allies to ensure those responsible are held accountable. The world failed to act during the Holocaust and stood by through the genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda.  It is a moral imperative that the international community act now to prevent further atrocities in Syria.

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.

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