ADL Concerned About "One Sided" Criticism of Israel Over East Jerusalem Building

New York, NY, January 10, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep concern about criticism of Israel leveled by the European Union, the United Nations and the United States in response to Israel's demolition of an East Jerusalem hotel. The League called the criticisms "one-sided" and said they ignore the Palestinians' continued efforts to evade responsibility to negotiate with Israel.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We are deeply concerned by this barrage of condemnation aimed at Israel and the claim that building in any part of Jerusalem could stymie negotiations. It was especially troubling to see the harsh condemnations from the E.U. and the U.N. go as far as they did. Neither the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel nor the construction of housing for Jews anywhere in Jerusalem contradict the Israeli commitment to a negotiated resolution of all the core issues and certainly will not preclude the subject of Jerusalem from those negotiations.

The one-sided criticisms focused on Israel come at a time when the Palestinian leadership is brazenly violating internationally recognized obligations to participate in negotiations with Israel, and seeking U.N. resolutions which would effectively circumvent those obligations. Moreover, the Palestinians are encouraging countries to recognize a Palestinian state while actively promoting the abuse of international forums to attack Israel's legitimacy, bring criminal proceedings under universal jurisdiction, and implement boycotts of Israel.

Each of these activities – which are so clearly counterproductive to achieving a negotiated resolution of the conflict – merit public and repeated condemnation by the international community. Collectively they convey to Israel and the world a strong message of bad faith by the Palestinian Authority.

ADL raised specific concerns to Foreign Policy Representative for the E.U. Catherin Ashton, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in separate private letters to each of them.

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