ADL Expresses Horror and Outrage Following Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack

New York, NY, January 7, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the terror attack in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office, and expressed horror and outrage at the brutal escalation in violent radical Islamist terrorism.

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

We are outraged and horrified by this terror attack which was a dreadful reminder of the terror attacks at the Jewish school in Toulouse and the Jewish museum in Brussels. French authorities rightly declared this horrific attack to be against the French Republic, just as they have when radical Islamists have attacked French Jews and Jewish institutions.

Radical Islamist terrorists targeted a French symbol of press freedom.  While we have criticized Charlie Hebdo’s insulting caricatures in the past, terrorism is never justified and freedom of the press must be protected.  Newspapers must be free to publish controversial content, not without criticism, but without intimidation or violence.

The swift and unconditional condemnations by mainstream French Muslim leaders should be highlighted and should focus anger and blame where they belong – on the terrorists and their sympathizers, who oppose freedom of speech, freedom of press, and freedom of religion.

We extend condolences to the families of the victims and to the French people.

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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