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ADL Condemns University of Maryland Hate Crime

Washington, DC, September 12, 2007 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned the reported incident in which a noose was hung on a tree at the University of Maryland at College Park’s campus.

ADL also applauded University President Dan Mote for taking quick and decisive measures to issue a statement and conduct a full investigation.  The noose was hung between the Stamp Student Union and the Nyumburu Cultural Center.

“We condemn this expression of bigotry and intolerance, and commend the President’s Office and University Police for their forceful response,” said Rachel Werner, ADL Assistant Regional Director.

Hate crime statutes have been adopted by 45 states.  Many of those laws are based on a model statute crafted by ADL, which has long been in the forefront of national and state efforts to deter and counteract hate-motivated criminal activity.


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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