ADL Shocked by Burning of Torah Scrolls in West Bank Outpost

Jerusalem, February 7, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed shock at the burning of Torah scrolls in an outpost near the Karmei Tzur West Bank settlement overnight Friday-Saturday, reportedly by Palestinian arsonists. ADL called the incident “an act of anti-Semitism,” and called on Palestinian political and religious leaders to unequivocally condemn the burning of the scrolls.

The Torah scrolls had been stored inside a tent, which was reportedly used as a synagogue, and overlooks the site where the bodies of three Israeli teens were found after they had been abducted and murdered by terrorists in June 2014.

“The burning of the Torah scrolls at the Karmei Tzur outpost was nothing short of an act of anti-Semitism,” said Carole Nuriel, Acting Director of ADL’s Israel Office. “There is simply no political justification for such a heinous hate crime. Throughout the millennia, anti-Semites have burnt Torah scrolls as a way of expressing hatred and contempt for the Jewish people, and it is greatly disturbing that similar incidents continue to occur today. We hope that the perpetrators are apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Ms. Nuriel added, “We call on Palestinian political and religious leaders to unequivocally condemn this terrible incident.”

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.