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.”

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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