ADL Statement on Violence at Israel-Gaza Border

New York, NY, May 15, 2018 ... Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt issued the following statement today in response to the recent violence at the Israel-Gaza border:

We are steadfast supporters of the Jewish state of Israel. That support is what obligates us to see the situation in Gaza with clear eyes. We believe that Israel has a right to self-defense and to secure its border, and at the same time, we believe that it is a horrific tragedy that so many people have been killed and wounded at the Gaza border. Such violence does nothing to bring a two-state solution closer to reality or advance peace and security in the region. All parties should explore all possible approaches to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Gaza quickly and peacefully in a manner that directly provides for the needs of civilians who are the ultimate victims of Hamas' policies and the ensuing conflict.

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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