U.S. Jewish Organizations Condemn Recent Attacks Against Palestinians

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said Israeli leadership 'must come together to make clear that these manifestations of hate are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.'

Two incidents of violent attacks against Palestinians – the hurling of fire bombs at a taxi cab outside the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin on August 16 and the attempted lynch of three Palestinians by Jewish youths in Jerusalem the following day - were widely condemned in Israel and across the world.

The U.S. Jewish organizations also condemned the incident. Shortly after the incidents were reported, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement saying: "We are horrified by these violent attacks against Palestinians", adding that the organization joins Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to Palestinian President Abbas "that the victims of this heinous assault will see justice served."

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said the attacks cannot be seen as isolated incidents. "Israeli leadership – political, religious, cultural – must come together to make clear that these manifestations of hate are unacceptable and will not be tolerated, and that country-wide social and educational initiatives must be considered.”

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) issued on Tuesday a similar statement, of condemning the attacks and commending Netanyahu for rejecting the violence, providing a lengthy quote of his promise to bring perpetrators to justice and pledge not to tolerate racism and condemn violence in Israel.

Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of the Major Jewish Organizations stated that "such actions are not tolerable in a democratic society regardless of the identity of the perpetrators or the victims. We commend the leaders of Israel for their swift and stern condemnation of this act, which is contrary to the values and principles of the people and State of Israel. The true test of a society is how authority figures react to acts of bigotry and steps taken to prevent a reoccurrence. The next step is to identify remedial measures as well as identify any sources of incitement and address them."

U.S. Department of State's spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement that the U.S. administration "condemns in the strongest possible terms attack on a Palestinian taxi." Nuland said the U.S. extends its "deepest sympathies to the victims," and expressed hope for their speedy recovery. Nuland mentioned that the "the government of Israel has also condemned" the attack, adding that the administration looks to Israeli law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice "expeditiously."

Nuland also called "all parties to avoid any actions that could lead to an escalation of violence."