ADL Condemns Dual Price Tag Attacks on Houses of Worship in West Bank and Jerusalem

New York, NY, February 26, 2015… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today harshly condemned two attacks on religious institutions, apparently “price tag” attacks perpetrated by Israeli Jewish extremists.

On February 25, a West Bank mosque was set on fire and vandalized with anti-Arab graffiti.  On February 26, a building in a Greek Orthodox Seminary complex on Mount Zion in Jerusalem was also set ablaze and vandalized with anti-Christian and Jewish nationalist graffiti. 

ADL’s Israel Office issued the following statement:

These shocking and reprehensible price tag attacks have gone on for far too long. We express our support and solidarity with the Muslim and Greek Orthodox communities affected by these acts of hate.

While Israeli political leaders have strongly condemned these violent attacks, we urge all public figures – rabbis; educators; community leaders – to make clear that these attacks are anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli.

It is critically important for Israeli officials to use the enhanced tools available to law enforcement and the judiciary to vigorously investigate and prosecute those responsible for these reprehensible attacks.

“Price Tag” is the name given by extremist Israeli settlers to attacks carried out in reprisal for Israeli government action against illegal settlement activity.  Such attacks -- including the targeting of mosques, churches, Arab homes and property, Israeli military bases and vehicles, as well as other settlers -- have increased in recent years.

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.