ADL: Kerry’s “Apartheid” Reference to Israel “Undiplomatic, Unwise and Unfair”

Washington, DC, April 28, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was "startled and disappointed" by reports that Secretary of State John Kerry used the highly inappropriate and offensive term "apartheid" to warn what might become of Israel should an agreement not be reached with the Palestinians.

Mr. Kerry reportedly said that Israel will become "an apartheid state" in a closed door meeting of the Trilateral Commission with European and Asian leaders on Friday.

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

It is startling and deeply disappointing that a diplomat so knowledgeable and experienced about democratic Israel chose to use such an inaccurate and incendiary term.

We appreciate Mr. Kerry's deep concern for Israel and his desires to ensure that it have a future of peace and security. Even if he used the repugnant language of Israel's adversaries and accusers to express concern for Israel's future, it was undiplomatic, unwise and unfair. Such references are not seen as expressions of friendship and support.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism 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 antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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