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."

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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