ADL Applauds Federal Hate Crime Conviction for Death Threats to Arab American Institute Staff

New York, NY, May 10, 2019 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today applauded the successful federal hate crime prosecution of a Virginia man who had repeatedly issued death threats to leaders and staff of the Arab American Institute over a five-year period.

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, issued the following statement: 

Hate crimes like this may target specific individuals, but their effect can be far greater – the perpetrator attempts to intimidate or silence not only the victim, but also the victim’s whole community. No one should be targeted for harassment or hate violence because of who they are.

With this successful prosecution, the Justice Department has sent a welcome message: bias-motivated threats will be treated seriously and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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.