ADL Denounces Vandalism of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, January 19, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly denounced the hateful graffiti that defaced the Dormition Abbey, a significant holy site in Jerusalem.

According to reports, on January 17, “May his name be obliterated” (a phrase that creates a Hebrew acronym for Jesus), “Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel” and “go to hell” were among the graffiti found on the church, which has been the target of attacks in the past. 

“This Church has been the target of repeated attacks,” said Carole Nuriel, Acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office, and Rabbi David Fox Sandmel, ADL Director of Interfaith Affairs. “Sadly it is, but one of an increasingly long list of religious sites, including churches, mosques and synagogues that have been vandalized by Jewish extremists who reject the value of religious freedom enshrined in Israel’s Declaration of Independence.”

Ms. Nuriel and Rabbi Sandmel added, “While we acknowledge Israel’s efforts to combat this extremism and call to bring the perpetrators to justice, we share the feeling expressed by many in the Christian community that enough is enough.”

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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