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.

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.