ADL Urges El Salvador and Costa Rica to Reverse Decision Moving Embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

New York, NY, August 28, 2006 … Deeply distressed at announcements by El Salvador and Costa Rica that both intend to move their embassies in Israel to Tel Aviv, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the leaders of both nations to reverse their decisions and maintain their official diplomatic offices in the capital city of Jerusalem.

"El Salvador and Costa Rica have for many years maintained a special and constructive relationship with Israel, so it would be a shame for those relations to sour now given the positive moral stand these countries had taken by maintaining their embassies in the eternal capital of the Jewish people," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.

"Given all that has happened with Hezbollah in the past few weeks, the timing couldn't be worse, for it gives the appearance that Costa Rica and El Salvador are punishing Israel for its decision to fight back against Hezbollah's unprovoked acts of aggression," the ADL leaders added.

In letters to President Elias Antonio Saca of El Salvador, and President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica, the League expressed dismay at the announcements and urged both nations to "stand united with Israel against terrorism."

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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