ADL to Arafat: End Message of Hate Toward Israel
New York, N.Y., January 29, 2001 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
expressed outrage at Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat’s anti-Israel
diatribe during the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Calling it yet another example of the Palestinians publicly airing a message
of hate and antagonism while Israel continues to reach out to the Palestinians
in peace, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director said, "Chairman Arafat
has revealed again the Palestinian Authority’s inability to publicly recognize
Israel as a peace partner. Ironically, his disparaging remarks were delivered
just hours after Israel once again showed its good faith in negotiations at Taba."
Mr. Foxman added, "Chairman Arafat has given little indication that he
is prepared to promote genuine reconciliation with Israel as his remarks
continue to promote a message of hate and antagonism. It has been clear since
the start of the Oslo Process that the Palestinian leadership has not promoted
peace and reconciliation with Israel within Palestinian society."
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