ADL Welcomes Arrest in Spain for Incitement to Kill Jews

New York, NY, June 3, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the arrest of an unnamed 28-year-old foreign national in Ribaforada, Spain, for online incitement to kill Jews.  The Spanish Ministry of the Interior announcement on May 30 noted the “gravity and brutality of the content,” being spread on social media.

In one video, three visibly identifiable Muslim women reportedly chanted, “Catch and kill all the Jews. Strike them and make the Jews bleat like animals. Exterminate the Zionists. Exterminate them, exterminate them, the world will be better off,” while one of the women stabs a doll of an Orthodox Jew with a knife.

“If you call for Jews to be killed, you should be prosecuted and go to jail,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “That should be the standard, especially in Europe where we have seen several anti-Semitic murders over the past few years.  Spain deserves praise for upholding that principle in this case, even though Spain and other European governments have failed to prosecute other instances of clear incitement to murder Jews.”

A recent ADL poll in 100 countries found that 29 percent of those surveyed in Spain harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, including 48 percent of the respondents agreeing with the statement, “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”

Last summer, ADL urged the Spanish government to take action on anti-Semitic incitement emanating from various anti-Israel demonstrations.