ADL: Death of Terrorist Mastermind Osama bin Laden "Critical Blow" in War Against Terrorism

New York, NY, May 2, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called the killing of 9/11 terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan "a critical blow" against the Al Qaeda network and a significant turning point in the war against terrorism.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces in Pakistan strikes a critical blow against the Al Qaeda network and is a significant turning point in the war against global terrorism. His killing nearly 10 years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, orchestrated by Al Qaeda, shows that no act of terrorism on U.S. soil or against U.S. interests abroad will go unanswered and the United States will never waver in its efforts to bring terrorists and their supporters to justice.

The death of such a significant figure in global terrorism inevitably raises concerns that those sympathetic to bin Laden will now seek to retaliate against the U.S. and its allies in the West, or against Israeli or Jewish targets. One recurring theme of bin Laden's videotaped messages was a special hatred for Israel, often expressed in anti-Semitic terms. Past plots in the U.S. motivated by the ideologies of extreme intolerance have often targeted Jewish and Israeli institutions. We must remain vigilant against the ever-present threat of new acts of terrorist violence inspired by his death.

We extend our congratulations and appreciation to President Barack Obama and the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and intelligence community who engaged in a relentless pursuit of this mortal enemy of freedom and peace.

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.