ADL Condemns Violent Attacks Against Palestinians

New York, NY, August 17, 2012…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned recent violent attacks against Palestinians, which authorities believe were perpetrated by Israeli Jews.

"We are horrified by these violent attacks against Palestinians but welcome Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's pledge to Palestinian President Abbas that the victims of this heinous assault will see justice served," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

"If the attacks were carried out by Israeli Jewish youth, this violence cannot be seen as isolated incidents. Israeli leadership – political, religious, cultural – must come together to make clear that these manifestations of hate are unacceptable and will not be tolerated, and that country-wide social and educational initiatives must be considered."

On August 16, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a taxi carrying six Palestinians outside the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin. The passengers suffered severe burns. While investigations are continuing, police suspect extremist Israel Jewish youths.

During the morning of August 17, according to Israeli media reports, a group of Jewish youths attacked three Palestinians in Jerusalem's Zion Square and yelled anti-Arab slogans, including "Death to the Arabs." One of the victims was seriously injured.

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.