ADL Expresses Concerns About Anti-Semitic Comments Against Members of the Jewish Community in Argentina

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New York, NY, November 16, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today raised concerns over the anti-Semitic comments expressed against Argentinian journalist Alfredo Leuco and federal legislator representing the Province of Buenos Aries, Deputy Waldo Wolff. Leuco was called a F* Jew during the Martin Fierro award ceremony, and Deputy Wolff was referred to as a Mossad agent during an interview about the 1994 terrorist attack against Jewish institutions in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and injured hundreds.

ADL’s Senior Vice President of International Affairs, Sharon Nazarian, said “we stand in solidarity with the leadership of the Argentinian Jewish community, and their categorical rejection of the base statements, and affirm their declaration that ‘in the Argentina of today, in the Argentina that we choose to live in, there is no place for discriminatory expressions or charges of dual loyalty that perpetuate classic anti-Semitism.’”

A poll in 100 countries commissioned by ADL in 2014 found that 24 percent of those surveyed in Argentina harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. ADL’s subsequent polling in Argentina in 2015 yielded similar results at 24 percent.

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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