ADL Appalled by Arson Attack on Joseph’s Tomb

Says Incident is an “Unfortunate Reminder of Anti-Jewish Sentiment”

New York, NY, October 16, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock at the horrific firebombing and desecration of Joseph’s Tomb by Palestinian rioters.

According to reports, on October 16 near Nablus, around 100 Palestinians broke into the holy site and hurled Molotov cocktails, causing major fire damage to the women's section of the site. Joseph’s Tomb, which is believed to be the burial site of Biblical figure Joseph, has been a frequent site of Palestinian violence in recent years, including a number of arson attempts.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, and Carole Nuriel, Acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office, issued the following statement:

We are appalled by the horrific arson attack on Joseph’s Tomb. The fact that the Jewish holy site is a frequent target of Palestinian violence and arson is greatly troubling and these terrible events are an unfortunate reminder of the anti-Jewish sentiment of those behind the attack.

Like other recent violence against Israelis and Jews, the torching of Joseph’s Tomb comes in the backdrop of nonstop Palestinian incitement, including that of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas. While we note the efforts of PA security forces to disperse the rioters and put out the fire, as well as President Abbas’ condemnation of the attack, more needs to be done on the part of Palestinian leadership to bring an end to anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement and contain the violence.

We ask all responsible leaders to step up and condemn the conspiracies and lies circulating on social media and in the street. We also call on Muslim and other religious leaders to condemn the attack and urge Palestinians to demonstrate respect towards Jewish holy sites.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.