ADL Condemns Torching Of West Bank Mosque

Jerusalem, October 4, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the torching of a West Bank mosque in the village of Beit Fajar. According to reports, the mosque was set aflame, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim graffiti was found on the walls.

The incident followed at least two other acts of vandalism on mosques in the West Bank which are believed to have been perpetrated by extremist Israeli Jews.

ADL's Israel Office issued the following statement:

We are outraged by the attack on the mosque in Beit Fajar. 

We join with Israeli officials in condemning this act of hate, and hope that the joint IDF-Palestinian investigative team will identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this vicious act and bring them to justice according to the law.

These violent acts, which are believed to be the work of Israeli Jewish extremists, are unacceptable. Political opposition should be expressed in peaceful and legal ways.

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.