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ADL Appalled by Settlers' Use of Star of David Badges to Condemn Disengagement

Jerusalem, December 21, 2004…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today strongly condemned the wearing of orange Star of David badges by residents of Gush Katif to demonstrate their opposition to the Gaza disengagement plan.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, who is currently in Israel heading a delegation of the League's top leadership, issued the following statement:
The residents of Gush Katif are sending an appalling and misguided message to the people of Israel and the world by this public relations ploy aimed at fostering attention to their opposition to the disengagement plan.

While the settlers have every right to peacefully and democratically protest this plan, likening the Holocaust to this political process, no matter how painful, has the effect of fueling Holocaust denial by delegitimizing the unprecedented horror of the Shoah.  Furthermore, utilizing Holocaust imagery in this way is an offense to Holocaust survivors, the Jewish people and taints the memory of its victims.

Mr. Foxman and the ADL delegation are currently meeting with top Israeli leaders and opinion-makers during their six-day visit to the country.  The delegation met with Prime Minister Sharon this morning and voiced support for his political and social agenda.

Prior to Mr. Foxman's arrival in Israel he visited Italy and Turkey where he met with the leaders of those nations as well as Pope John Paul II.

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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