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ADL Condemns Horrific Twin Synagogue Bombings in Istanbul

New York, NY, November 15, 2003 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the horrific bombing attacks on two synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, which killed more than 20 people and wounded at least 257 as Jews were at prayer on the Sabbath.  The League said the attacks, "serve as clear evidence that Jews are the target of terrorists who have been imbued and indoctrinated with anti-Semitism."


Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and author of Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003), issued the following statement:

These horrific attacks in Istanbul serve as clear evidence that Jews continue to be a target of terrorists imbued and indoctrinated with anti-Semitism. The terrorists, in striking two synagogues simultaneously during Sabbath services, sought to send a message that Jews are their enemy, and that their intent is to inflict mass casualties and to kill with impunity.

These attacks did not happen in a vacuum.  They come at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise.  They come at a time when world leaders have failed to denounce, to condemn and to speak out against manifestations of anti-Semitism.  Most tellingly, they come after the leaders of 57 Islamic nations received the anti-Semitic tirade of the Malaysian prime minister not with denouncements and condemnations, but with applause.  It is not surprising that in this climate, the terrorists have been emboldened into unspeakable acts of atrocity.

We urge the government of Turkey to do make every effort to track down the terrorist perpetrators responsible for this unconscionable act.


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.



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