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.

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.

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