ADL Strongly Condemns Separation and Execution of Christian Students at Kenyan University

New York, NY, April 3, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack at a university in eastern Kenya, where masked Somali terrorists moved from dorm to dorm intentionally separating Christians from Muslims as they selected nearly 150 Christian students to be massacred. 

The attacks were carried out by a small group of gunmen from the terrorist group Al Shaabab, one of the most violent offshoots of Al Qaeda.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

This horrific and unconscionable attack on innocent civilian students in Kenya is devastating and shocking. The selection of those to be murdered from among a larger population is particularly chilling. No one should ever be singled out for indiscriminate violence because of their religious beliefs, ethnic background, or values.

How many times must this happen before the world community takes concerted action against those groups who pervert religion in the name of violence and vengeance?

The anti-Christian and Muslim-against-Muslim violence routinely perpetrated by terrorist groups in Africa and the Middle East is unacceptable and must stop. It is time for the United Nations and other international bodies to back up words with action to stop the intentional targeting of Christian minorities. And it is time for more religious leaders around the world to loudly and unequivocally denounce violence in the name of fundamentalist Islam.

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.