ADL to President Bush: Palestinians Must Dismantle Terror Groups
New York, NY, August 20, 2003 … In the wake of the heinous Palestinian terrorist bus bombing in Jerusalem, which killed scores and injured at least 100 including many children, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the Bush Administration to continue to press for "immediate and strong action" by the Palestinian Authority to dismantle and eradicate the terrorist infrastructure.
In a letter to President George W. Bush, the League praised his forceful statement condemning the attack and renewing demands on Palestinian leadership to dismantle terrorist groups, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which jointly claimed responsibility for the Jerusalem suicide bombing despite a "cease-fire" declared earlier this summer by the Palestinian terrorist organizations.
"Clearly, these groups have only been exploiting the so-called cease fire to regroup and rearm their structures which have been badly battered by Israel," said Glen A. Tobias, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The monstrous bus bombing in Jerusalem demands immediate and strong action by the Palestinian Authority to finally dismantle and eradicate all terrorist organizations operating within their jurisdiction."
The ADL leaders continued, "We all share the hope that the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, will succeed in leading his people away from terrorism and toward reconciliation with Israel. However, his refusal to confront these terrorist organizations makes a mockery of his leadership and greatly imperils vulnerable Israelis."
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