ADL: Silence from Palestinian President Abbas on Jerusalem Attacks Suggests Indifference to Terror Against Israel

New York, NY, November 5, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem, and called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to unequivocally condemn the acts of violence and refrain from using the attack to further inflame passions and hatred.

According to reports, a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem drove his van into multiple crowds, killing Israeli Border Patrol officer Jadan Assad and injuring 13 others. The terrorist then exited his vehicle and began attacking people with a metal rod, before being shot and killed by police.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We strongly condemn this terror attack in Jerusalem, in what appears to be another effort by extremists to further inflame tensions across the city. President Abbas must quickly and unequivocally condemn this senseless act of violence, which is something he has failed to do following previous terror attacks in recent weeks, and refrain from using these events to further inflame tensions between Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem.

Silence from President Abbas on these incidents suggests an indifference to Palestinian terrorist activity directed at Israel, and raises questions about his commitment towards achieving a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Our thoughts are with the family of Jadan Assad, and we hope for a quick recovery for all who were injured in this horrific attack.

The incident comes on the heels of an assassination attempt on October 29 of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem, and a terror attack on October 22 at a Jerusalem light rail station which killed a three-month old baby and one other person.

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.

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