ADL Appalled by Remarks Made by Israeli Deputy Minister of Defense
Jerusalem, February 25, 2004 ... The Israel Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today said it was "appalled" by the crude and stereotypical comments about Palestinians made yesterday by Deputy Minister of Defense Ze'ev Boim and MK Yehiel Hazan.
Deputy Minister Boim made the offensive and prejudicial statements about Palestinians while speaking at a ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of a terrorist attack on the coastal road.
The ADL Israel Office issued the following statement:
We are appalled by the offensive and inane stereotypical comments about Palestinians made by Deputy Minister of Defense Ze'ev Boim and parroted by Likud MK Yehiel Hazan. They do nothing to further Israel's quest to live peacefully among its neighbors and are an insult to all Palestinians including those who are citizens of Israel.
Such offensive remarks should be roundly condemned and not tolerated. We call on the two government officials to apologize for their bigoted remarks and applaud the many loud public voices that have spoken out against such negative and counterproductive discourse.
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.