ADL Welcomes Israeli Government Indictment of Suspects in Murder of Palestinian Teen

New York, NY, July 17, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today noted the indictment of three suspects in the kidnapping and brutal killing of Palestinian teen Muham­mad Hus­sein Abu Khdeir, and welcomed the official Israeli government recognition of him as a victim of terror.

“We commend the Israeli justice system for moving expeditiously to indict and commence the prosecution of the three individuals who are believed to have perpetrated this shocking and hateful crime which Israelis across the spectrum strongly condemned,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “It is further important and entirely appropriate that Muhammad Abu Khdeir has been designated by the Ministry of Defense as a ‘victim of hostile action,’ which is a highly significant designation given to all Israelis who are victims of terrorism.”

Mr. Foxman added, “The hateful attack on Muhammad was indeed a despicable act of terrorism.”

Muhammad’s body was found in the Jerusalem Forest on July 2.  The three Israel Jewish suspects are believed to have carried out this heinous attack in revenge for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, whose funerals were held on July 1. Two of the defendants were also charged with other acts of vandalism and violence, including the attempted kidnapping of a seven-year old Palestinian boy.

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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