New York, NY, July 25, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock and deep concern over the shooting of Rabbi Ovadia Isakov in Derbent, Russia.
According to local reports, around midnight on the night of July 24-25, the rabbi was ambushed in front of his house and shot in the chest by an unidentified assailant.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
While we do not yet know all of the facts surrounding this horrific attack, we are shocked at the point-blank shooting of a rabbi. We urge law enforcement to pursue this case tirelessly and bring all those responsible to justice.
Several local imams, who advocated for moderate Islam and spoke out against radical jihad, have been killed in the past two years in Dagestan. While we do not know the motivation of the perpetrator at this time, or know if the attack was intended to terrorize the Jewish community or to threaten Derbent’s long-established environment of religious coexistence, we condemn it and urge solidarity by local political, civic, and religious leaders.