ADL Says Americans Must Remain United,
Reject Group Hatred in Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks
New York, NY, September 14, 2001 ... In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks against the United States, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), while calling on all Americans to maintain national unity, also urged that "no one be singled out for hatred, prejudice or blame based on their ethnicity or religion."
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
At this time of terrible tragedy, we must maintain national strength and unity while at the same time ensuring that no one is singled out for hatred, prejudice or blame based on their ethnicity or religion.
We are disturbed that a number of Arab Americans and Islamic institutions have been targets of anger and hatred in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. At this time of profound anger and anxiety, no group in this country should be singled out for hatred, prejudice or blame based on their ethnicity or religion.
Threats, harassment or acts of hate-motivated violence against members of a group are un-American and must be forcefully condemned. In laying blame on an entire people, we undermine our nation's core values of equality and respect for the individual.
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.