ADL SHOCKED BY APPARENT ARSON ATTACK ON WARSAW'S ONLY
SYNAGOGUE; URGES GOVERNMENT TO MAKE INVESTIGATION A PRIORITY
New York, NY, February 28, 1997...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
expressed shock at the apparent arson attack on Warsaw's only synagogue.
"In a city where the majority of the Jewish population was murdered
by Nazis during World War II," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National
Director, "this apparent arson attack inflames the injuries of a community
attempting to heal."
In a letter to the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Mr.
Foxman said, "we appreciate your expression of sympathy and your rigorous
condemnation of the attack and all acts of racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia"
and "commend your firm assurances that such acts will be prosecuted
to the full extent of the law."
ADL called on the government of Poland to make the investigation of
this crime a priority and to ensure that the Polish Jewish community is
properly protected. The League noted that the incident came just days after
another Jewish institution in Warsaw had received a bomb threat.
Mr. Foxman said he was heartened by the condemnation of the attack and
the outpouring of support for the Jewish community by politicians, Roman
Catholic leaders and Polish citizens.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.