ADL Praises Countries Who Have Come To Israel's Aid As Forest Fire Rages In Carmel

New York, NY, December 3, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the numerous countries who have aided Israel's efforts to fight the devastating forest fire in the Carmel region. 

To date, the countries who are reported to have offered or provided assistance include: Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. And more are gearing up to send supplies and support as appropriate.

ADL took particular note of Turkey's response, after Ankara sent firefighting aircraft to the scene of the blaze and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement expressing condolences for the 41 Israelis who perished in the blaze on Thursday.

"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes misfortune to bring old friends closer and reinvigorate their relationship," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Perhaps Turkey's unconditional willingness to help Israel in this time of need will lead to something good arising from the ashes of these terrible fires."

In a letter to Erdogan, ADL wrote: "Turkey's immediate and constructive response to this crisis is an important gesture of friendship at this very difficult time for Israel and a present day reminder of the historic and deep ties between Israel and Turkey."

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.