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.

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.

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