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.”

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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