ADL Condemns Desecration of Muslim Grave at Evergreen Park Cemetery

August 17, 2012, Chicago, IL… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned vandalism at the Evergreen Park Cemetery in Chicago, where a Muslim grave was reportedly defaced with anti-Muslim graffiti.

"We deplore this disturbing apparent act of bigotry, which is an affront to the entire Muslim community and the community at large," said Lonnie Nasatir, ADL Chicago Regional Director. "We commend the Evergreen Park Police for its quick response and for investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. We also urge members of the Evergreen Park community to speak out and to declare that such hate-filled actions are unacceptable."

The League continues to be in contact with law enforcement as the investigation proceeds.

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.