ADL Commends Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s Remarks on Religious Violence in Israel

New York, NY, April 15, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s unequivocal condemnation of religiously based hate crimes during his Easter visit with Christian leaders in Jerusalem.

In his remarks, President Rivlin referred to religious freedom as a “value dear to the State of Israel,” and reaffirmed the obligation to freedom of worship “for all denominations and communities.” The Israeli president also condemned hate crimes against individuals and buildings of faith and expressed that such crimes must be dealt with accordingly.

“President Rivlin’s consistent statements in support of equal rights for all of Israel’s citizens and his condemnation of religiously based hate crimes against people and institutions send the right message to all Israelis,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “We hope that the appropriate legal authorities will hear the strong moral voice of the President and redouble their efforts to protect religious minorities from attack and to apprehend and prosecute those who perpetrate these heinous acts.”

ADL has repeatedly expressed its concern about so called “price tag” attacks and voiced concern over the harassment of Christian clergy in Jerusalem. The League also urged Israeli officials to do all they can prevent further incidents.