ADL Calls for Improved Security on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives

Jerusalem, July 2, 2015 … Concerned about the deterioration of security and the recurring vandalism of gravestones on the Mount of Olives, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling on Israeli authorities to take action to ensure the safety of families and visitors to the historically significant cemetery in Jerusalem.

“The Mount of Olives used to be safe, but that is clearly not the case now,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who is currently in Israel and who stopped at the cemetery recently to visit his parents’ graves. “We routinely speak out and demand better security when Jewish cemeteries are desecrated in Europe.  How can we tolerate it here?”

Mr. Foxman noted that security on the road to and from the site is lax, and that many visitors now check with authorities to ensure whether the site is safe to travel to before planning a visit. The situation could be improved or remedied, he said, with the addition of security cameras and more police surveillance.

“We hope that the authorities in Jerusalem will address this issue soon and take action against the vandals who are taking advantage of lax security to desecrate this important and historic Jewish landmark,” Mr. Foxman said.