ADL Expresses Concern Over Incitement Targeting Israeli President Following Remarks on Death of Palestinian Toddler

New York, NY, August 3, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep concern over the incitement targeting Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, following his condemnation of the terror attack in the West Bank village of Duma which resulted in the death of the Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh.

The President’s Facebook post on the matter, in which he expressed “shame” over the attack, received many hateful comments, including violent threats and depictions of him wearing a kufiya (Arab headdress).

“President Rivlin took a courageous and moral stand against extremism and its ramifications for Israeli society as a whole,” said Carole Nuriel, Director of the ADL Israel Office. “Israeli society knows all too well that an environment of incitement can lead to violence and death.  The experience of this reality by Israel over twenty years ago with the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin should be a guiding principle for both the education system and for the law enforcement authorities.”

Ms. Nuriel added, “Social media companies must also do their part and work decisively to ensure their platforms are free of incitement.”

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.