ADL: Mapping Of Israeli Businesses Who Employ Arabs Is Abhorrent

Jerusalem, November 22, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at reports of an abhorrent program organized by Israeli Jewish extremists to map businesses in Jerusalem that employ Arabs, so as to steer Jewish customers away.

According to news reports, the program "Hebrew Labor," is being conducted by approximately 20 right-wing activists who go door-to-door assessing if Arabs are employed in a particular business.

ADL's Israel Office issued the following statement:

The singling out of businesses that employ Arab labor by extremist Jews is abhorrent and reminiscent of vigilantism. It is outrageous and repugnant. This so-called 'project' is antithetical to Israel's democratic society, and contrary to the core values of the State of Israel, which foster the full economic and social integration of all its citizens.

All businesses in greater Jerusalem should refuse to cooperate with these fringe activists.

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.