ADL Surprised By David Cameron's One-Sided Comments On Israel And Gaza

New York, NY, July 28, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed "surprise and disappointment" at one-sided remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which he condemned the Israeli attack on a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza as "completely unacceptable" and described Gaza as "a prison camp."

The remarks came during a speech in Turkey where the British P.M. urged Israel and Turkey "not to give up" on their relationship in the aftermath of the flotilla incident.

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

We are surprised and disappointed that Prime Minister Cameron has resorted to the same kind of inflammatory rhetoric that has been used by Israel's enemies to describe the humanitarian situation in Gaza. We would have thought that given Israel's important relationship with Great Britain, the prime minister would have more carefully considered his words about the complex situation facing Gazans and the security challenges facing Israel.

Since coming to office, Prime Minister Cameron's government has underscored that the U.K. is a good friend of Israel. The prime minister is well aware of Hamas' reign of terror and he has been clear in his condemnations of Hamas in the past. The lack of context in this case is disturbing, especially in light of the recent Israeli decision to allow significantly more items to enter Gaza. We hope he will quickly find an opportunity to clarify his unfortunate statements.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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