ADL Statement on Mumbai Terrorist Attacks; Big Lie Blaming Jews Circulating
New York, NY, November 28, 2008… The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at the Mumbai terrorist attacks that targeted innocent victims because they were Americans, Britons, Westerners and Jews. In a statement ADL said that, "this brutal attack once again shows that terrorists single out Jews, be it in Buenos Aires, Bali, Tel Aviv, and now Mumbai."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We are outraged at these horrific attacks targeting Americans and other Westerners and Jews. The devastating assault on a number of high visibility targets known to be frequented by thousands of visitors to Mumbai and residents of the city is a tragic reminder that the world must stand up against all terrorism, because in the end no one is safe until terrorism itself is rejected and combated in all its manifestations.
The Chabad headquarters in Nariman House appears to have been picked by the terrorists because of its clearly Jewish character, indicating that Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg were murdered simply because they were Jews. The brutal attack once again shows that terrorists single out Jews, be it in Buenos Aires, Bali, Tel Aviv, and now Mumbai. We send our condolences to the family of the rabbi and his wife and the entire Chabad community.
Not surprisingly, as we saw immediately after the 9/11 attacks, the "big lie" is being disseminated in an ugly rumor that the Israeli security agency, Mossad is responsible for the Mumbai attacks. "Our worst fears have come true. It is clear that Mossad is involved in the whole affair. An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries," wrote Amaresh Misra on the blog, Axis of Evil. Since its appearance the article has been reposted on scores of right-wing and anti-Israel blogs, forums and Web sites.
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.