ADL Distressed by Intensifying Violence and Tensions Across Israel and the West Bank

New York, NY, November 10, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed growing concern over intensifying violence and tensions across Israel and the West Bank after the killings of a 25-year-old Israeli woman outside the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut and of an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier at a Tel Aviv train station, and of ongoing demonstration and riots taking place in Jerusalem and Arab-Israeli villages across the north.

According to Israeli officials, the attacks were perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists.

“This spate of violence by Palestinians, including stabbings, shootings and the deliberate crashing of cars into civilians is alarming,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “It is appalling that Palestinian President Abbas has not condemned against these attacks, despite the ongoing violence and messages throughout Palestinians media and society celebrating the violence and calling for more. Abbas’ outrageous and disgraceful silence is further evidence that he is abandoning his past commitments to non-violence and to Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.

In response to heightened tensions between Arab-Israelis and Jews, particularly across villages in northern Israel, ADL called on civic and political leaders to work toward deescalating the tensions.

“We are also seriously concerned about the heightened tensions in recent days between Jewish and Arab citizens across Israel,” Mr. Foxman said. “It is imperative that responsible political, religious and communal leaders continue to engage with representatives of Arab-Israeli communities to ease the growing tensions and work to return to a state of calm.”

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.