ADL Expresses Concern Over Attacks Against Arabs in Israel

New York, NY, March 8, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed strong concern at reports of a series of violent attacks directed by Israeli Jews against Israeli Arabs in Tel Aviv, near the Sea of Galilee and in Jerusalem. Arrests have been made in all four cases.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We are greatly concerned by the recent spate of violent attacks by Jews against Arabs in Israel. The recent establishment by the Israeli police of a special unit dedicated to preventing and investigating these types of attacks was an important development. We encourage Israeli law enforcement officials to utilize this new unit effectively in order to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent the occurrence of further racist attacks.

We welcome the strong condemnations by Israeli politicians and law enforcement officials of these heinous acts. Yet, more than words alone are needed to end these racially motivated incidents. Israeli authorities should also intensify educational initiatives directed at Israeli youth and society at large, which promote the values of respect and understanding within Israel’s diverse society.

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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