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.”

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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