ADL Urges Congress to Demonstrate U.S. Resolve Against ISIL

New York, NY, February 13, 2015… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged Congress to act swiftly to pass the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Resolution submitted to Congress by President Obama “as a vital demonstration of America’s commitment to a strong, resolute military campaign against ISIL.”

ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman wrote to Congressional leaders and to the House and Senate Foreign Affairs Committees urging swift action “to show the world the urgency and determination behind America’s vital mission to stop ISIL,” even as Congress engages in the necessary debate about what would make U.S. strategy most effective.

ADL issued the following statement:

When it comes to an issue as serious as the use of military force in the face of ISIL’s brutal, genocidal onslaught, Congress has a duty to project to the world that Congress and the Administration are united in their resolve to ensure that, as the President declared, “ISIL will lose.”

The path ahead may be difficult and it may not be clearly lit, but the moral clarity of the core goal compels us to rally around America’s solemn mission to defeat ISIL. The group’s effort to impose its extremist ideology across the Middle East, through the use of mass executions and despicable acts of barbarism, cannot go unchallenged.  

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.