ADL Welcomes OU Statement on Incendiary Rhetoric

New York, NY, November 26, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended the Orthodox Union for its “strong and principled statement” against the use of incendiary rhetoric with regard to the challenges facing Israel.

The November 25th statement from OU leadership stated that, “…we cannot countenance a response to terror that resorts to wholesale demonization, advocates for the collective punishment of Israeli Arabs, or calls for the destruction or dismantling of Muslim holy places.” Without referring to him by name, the statement was a clear rebuke of Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, who argued in favor of such steps in an essay, since removed from his personal blog, titled “Dealing with Savages.”

The following is the text of a letter sent by ADL to Martin Nachimson, OU President, and Allen Fagin, OU Executive Vice President:

We commend you and the leadership of the Orthodox Union for the strong and principled statement on incendiary rhetoric.

While recognizing the difficult situation Israel faces with terrorism, and urging your members to stand with the State of Israel in its struggle, the statement unequivocally rejected as un-Jewish calls for violence or the demonization of a whole community.

It can never be said enough: there will always be haters. How good people react to them is what will determine in which direction things will go. 

The OU has set a remarkable example with this statement.

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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