ADL Condemns Horrific Easter Sunday Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

New York, NY, March 27, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the horrific Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Pakistan. Jamaat-e-Ahrar, a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing, which killed at least 68 people and wounded 300 more. A spokesman for Jamaat-e-Ahrar said Christians were the target.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

The cruelty and brutality of terrorism is evident wherever it occurs. The horrific terrorist attack on Easter Sunday in Lahore targeting Christians and children deserves special condemnation in a seeming never ending stream of terrorist events. This one because of when it happened and whom it targeted leaves one nearly speechless. It targeted Christians on a holy day and seems to have deliberately targeted children, of whom there were many among those murdered.

It reminds us that terrorism is a threat to all civilization and that nations must all stand together if we are to defeat it. And, while the mass killing of Christians on Easter Sunday is particularly pernicious, we should not lose sight of the fact that the greatest number of Islamic terrorist attacks are directed at  Muslims and often at their religious institutions and on religious holidays.

Whether in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East or North America, terrorism has no place in a civilized society and good people need to stand up whenever innocents are slaughtered for no reason other than to spread violence and promote hatred.

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.