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.

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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