ADL Denounces Israeli Rap Artist’s Belittling of Stabbing Victim

Jerusalem, October 29, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced Israeli rap artist Yoav Eliasi for a Facebook post belittling the murder of Richard Lakin and insulting his co-existence advocacy work.

Richard Lakin was seriously wounded in a recent terror attack in Armon Hanatsiv, and succumbed to his wounds earlier this week. ADL called on Eliasi to immediately  apologize to the Lakin family for the offensive comments.

Reacting to Lakin’s death on Facebook, Eliasi wrote the following: “Richard was an English teacher and an extreme left wing activist in Tag Meir (a Jewish anti-terror group), which shows that no matter how much you, Leftists, will act on behalf of Arabs, sell and betray your people in the name of progressiveness - when a terrorist arrives your activity doesn't matter and the only thing he will see is that you are Jewish. Your blood is the same as the blood of the religious or the settler who sat next to you.” The post was later removed.

“Once again, Yoav Eliasi has used social media to spread hateful and violent messages about those whose political views he finds disagreeable,” said Carole Nuriel, Acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office. “His comments – which come during the Shiva mourning period for Richard Lakin – are a grave insult to Lakin’s memory and to his grieving family. He should immediately apologize to the Lakin family and issue a public statement retracting his hateful comments.”

Ms. Nuriel said, “As an artist, Eliasi is a role model to many young Israelis, and has a duty to act and speak in a responsible manner.”

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.

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