ADL HAILS SENTENCES IN TERRORISM TRIAL
New York, NY, January 17, 1996 ...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed
satisfaction with the sentences handed down to Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman
and nine of his followers for conspiring to carry out a campaign of terrorism
against New York City landmarks and officials.
David H. Strassler, ADL National Chairman and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National
Director, issued the following statement:
We are satisfied that justice has been served in the case of Sheikh Omar
Abdel-Rahman and his followers in their bid to wage a war of urban terrorism
in New York City to promote their extremist political agenda. We are also
gratified that El Sayyid Nosair will finally serve time for the murder of
Rabbi Meir Kahane.
In the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of the individuals involved
in this plot, the American law enforcement and judicial systems demonstrated
that the United States will not tolerate terrorism and extremism. The Federal
Bureau of Investigation, the New York City Police Department, the U.S. Attorney's
Office, the jury and Judge Michael Mukasey must be commended for uncovering
this terrorist ring and bringing them to justice.
Strong counterterrorism initiatives and effective law enforcement are the
major antidotes to terrorism here in the United States and around the world
. We hope that the House of Representatives will act quickly and pass the
Comprehensive Antiterrorism Act which has been stalled for months.
The ADL, through its Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer Memorial Foundation and
William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute on Terrorism and Extremism, works to
combat the threat of terrorism through educational, political and legal
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.