Press Release

ADL Statement on the Dual Terrorist Attacks in Jerusalem During Shabbat

New York, NY, January 28, 2023 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today released the following statement following two terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. The attacks occurred less than 12 hours from each other during shabbat. The first attack, with seven known fatalities, occurred at the Ateret Avraham synagogue in the Neve Ya’akov neighborhood. The second attack took place near Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding two.

Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, issued the following statement:

"ADL condemns the dual terrorist attacks that took place in Jerusalem during Shabbat and immediately after the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. One of these horrific incidents was a vicious attack in which at least seven people were brutally murdered at the Ateret Avraham synagogue with additional victims suffering wounds. The second attack, allegedly by a 13-year-old assailant, took place only hours later, wounding a father and son, an off-duty IDF officer.

"These casualties of these appalling crimes included elderly people, married couples and innocent passersby. As we continue to witness the intentional escalation of violence and terror in Israel, ADL remains committed to the security of the Jewish state, fighting hate and extremism in all forms, and working for a future of peace.

"Our thoughts remain with last night’s victims and their families, and we pray for the swift recovery of the survivors from both attacks."


ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.