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.”

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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