ADL Outraged and Saddened by Vandalism at Louisville Mosque

Cleveland, OH, September 17, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage and sadness over the vandalism at the Louisville Islamic Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to reports, vandals spray-painted anti-Islamic messages on the facade of the center on September 16.

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL National Director, and Anita Gray, ADL Ohio/Kentucky/Allegheny Regional Director, issued the following statement:

As Americans and as Jews, we are outraged and saddened by this attack. We hope that law enforcement will apprehend the perpetrators of this heinous act and that they will be appropriately prosecuted. Those who attack houses of worship strike at the very heart of American freedom.

The fact that Hebrew, the Star of David, and other Jewish references were painted on the mosque is particularly disturbing. While we do not yet know the identity of the perpetrators, we unequivocally condemn this cowardly act of hatred. An attack on any house of worship is an attack on all who value religious freedom.

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.