ADL: Moment of Silence in Jordanian Parliament for Palestinian Terrorists Deeply Concerning

New York, NY, November 25, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the government of Jordan to distance itself from actions by Parliament and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour which appear to condone the November 18 terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, in which four Israeli worshippers were killed.

In a letter to Dr. Alia Hatoug-Bouran, the Jordanian ambassador to the U.S., ADL expressed deep concern at reports that the Jordanian Parliament held a moment of silence and recited a prayer for the two deceased Palestinian terrorists. ADL also voiced concern at reports the Prime Minister sent a letter of condolence to the families of the terrorists.

“The message conveyed by the actions of the Jordanian Parliament and Prime Minister appears to condone terrorism against innocent Israeli citizens,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “This approach is completely inconsistent for a country at peace with Israel, and should be acknowledged by the Jordanian government as such.”

Mr. Foxman added, “We hope that significant voices within Jordan will distance themselves from these actions.”

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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