ADL Expresses Concern Over Incendiary Threats and Accusations Directed at U.S. Ambassador to Israel

New York, NY, August 13, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern over threats and incendiary accusations being directed at Dan Shapiro, the United States Ambassador to Israel.

According to reports, police and the U.S. Embassy have increased security for the Ambassador following the receipt of threatening letters over the past week.  The threats, by letter and posted on social media, were related to the U.S. position on the Iran agreement. The Ambassador was also referred to as a “kapo” for his promotion of the deal.

“It is deplorable to see the Iran debate veer into such a dark place,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director. “While there is room for legitimate disagreement over the proposed deal, there is absolutely no place for threats and incendiary accusations, particularly targeting a diplomatic representative of the U.S. in Israel.  We deeply respect the ambassador and commend him for his service.”

Mr. Greenblatt added, “We continue to urge for civil discourse in this debate and Israelis must engage in the same manner.”

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.