ADL Stands in Solidarity with Israel and the Families of the Three Missing Teens

Jerusalem, June 15, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said that it stands with Israel as its military and security forces continue to pursue the safe return of the three Israeli teens kidnapped with the assistance of the terror group Hamas.

Following the kidnappings on June 12, a barrage of rockets was launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Southern Israel.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who are currently in Israel with a senior leadership delegation, issued the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three young men kidnapped with the involvement of Hamas, as the efforts by Israeli authorities continue to attempt to ensure their safe return.

We echo Secretary Kerry’s statement that the Palestinian Authority must fully cooperate with Israeli authorities to assist in locating the Israeli teens. Their horrifying abduction and the resumption of rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel lay bare the dangers of legitimizing Hamas' role in governing the Palestinians and present a stark choice for the Palestinian Authority leadership: Will they choose to continue on the path of aligning with forces promoting terror, violence and conflict? Or will they reject this hatred and return to the steps necessary for reconciliation and peace?

The bodies of the three abducted teens were discovered buried under rocks in the West Bank near Hebron on June 30, 2014.  ADL expressed "shock and sadness" at the murders.

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