ADL Welcomes Member of Knesset’s Retraction of Remarks on John Kerry;

Continues to Disagree With Ongoing Criticism

New York, NY, February 5, 2014 … In response to a letter from Member of Knesset Moti Yogev, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said that it welcomes Mr. Yogev’s “retraction” of his charge that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s engagement on the peace process bears “an undertone of anti-Semitism.”

ADL had denounced Yogev’s initial accusations as “offensive, inflammatory and totally without any basis.”

In the February 2 letter, Mr. Yogev shared with ADL a copy of his letter to Dan Shapiro, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in which he stated that he was retracting the charge of anti-Semitism, but maintained his opposition to Mr. Kerry as a “fair mediator” in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“We accept Mr. Yogev’s retraction of his charge that Secretary of State Kerry was motivated by anti-Semitism, while continuing to disagree with ongoing criticism of the Secretary of State,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have led to great political tensions in Israel, which are likely to last for some time, and we continue to urge all involved in this important public debate to express their views civilly and respectfully.”

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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