ADL Condemns Desecration of Graves in Catholic Cemetery Near Beit Shemesh

New York, NY, January 12, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned the desecration of graves in a Catholic cemetery near the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh. Over the weekend, the Latin Patriarchate announced that dozens of crosses had been destroyed in the cemetery at the Beit Jamal Monastery.

"We join the Latin Patriarchate in calling for a thorough investigation into this incident, leading to the bringing to justice of the perpetrators," said Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs, and Carole Nuriel, Acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office. "While it is too early to know if this incident is a hate crime or 'price tag' attack, Israeli law enforcement and society must ensure that protection of religious sites and freedom of religion remain core values of society."

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.