ADL Applauds FBI for Arrest of Two Men Conducting Surveillance of Jewish and Israeli Locations in U.S.

New York, NY, August 21, 2018 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the arrest of two men for allegedly conducting covert surveillance of Jewish and Israeli facilities in the U.S. on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The men, one a dual US-Iranian citizen and the other an Iranian citizen living in California, were arrested on August 9 and charged yesterday for conducting surveillance of the Rohr Chabad House, a Jewish institution in Chicago, in July 2017.

“We commend and thank the FBI for disrupting the alleged intelligence gathering efforts of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a nation with a long record of involvement in, and support for, terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli institutions,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “Cooperation among law enforcement and the people and communities they serve is essential to safeguarding us from extremism and terrorism. We deeply appreciate the Bureau’s commitment to that principle.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism 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 anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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