ADL Calls on Palestinian Leaders to Condemn Murder of Israeli Jew

New York, NY, May 2, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at the murder of Eviatar Borovsky, an Israeli Jew by a Palestinian terrorist on April 30, outside the Israeli settlement of Yitzhar. ADL called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “unequivocally condemn” the murder.

According to reports, Borovsky, a father of five from Yitzhar, was stabbed to death at the Tapuach Junction by Palestinian terrorist Salam Zaghal, who was subsequently shot and detained by Israeli security officials.

“We are outraged and saddened by this murder,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “While Zaghal appears to have acted alone, his father’s comments welcoming the murder and referring to his son’s actions as a “duty for all Palestinians” express a philosophy of hatred and violence towards Israelis that exists within segments of Palestinian society. The attack must be unequivocally condemned by Palestinian President Abbas and other senior Palestinian leaders. Not only have they thus far failed to do so, but Fatah, the political party of the Palestinian Authority, issued a statement on its Facebook page praising Zaghal as a ‘hero.’”

ADL also expressed concern about anti-Arab violence that ensued following the attack which included Israeli Jews throwing rocks at Palestinian cars and school buses, and setting local fields on fire. There were also reports that the words “Price Tag” were found sprayed on a home in a nearby Palestinian village, a reference to the ongoing retribution campaign by extremist Israeli Jews to vandalize Muslim, Christian and Jewish property in response to government policies they construe as anti-settler.

“While we fully understand the sadness and anger felt by Israelis at Borovsky’s murder, Israeli settlers should not resort to vigilantism,” Mr. Foxman said.

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.