ADL Statement on Facebook Videos With Mothers and Children Threatening Muslims, Mosque in Arizona

New York, NY, March 15, 2018 … The following is a statement from Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in response to a series of videos on Facebook where two mothers take their children to a mosque near Tempe, Ariz., to threaten Muslims in the community.

Watching these videos is extremely disturbing and ugly on so many levels. It’s bad enough that these individuals felt emboldened to go to this mosque and threaten the security of those peacefully practicing their religion. But to involve young children and to indoctrinate them with their hate is abhorrent.

Sadly, the behavior we see in the videos is consistent with the growth in hate crimes, rise in attacks on Muslims, and the surge in anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism we have seen the last couple of years.

ADL stands with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim community and condemns this intolerable behavior. We have contacted Facebook and asked the company to make sure the videos are taken down. The content clearly violates Facebook guidelines.

We call on law enforcement to fully investigate their conduct and take any appropriate action.

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.