ADL Condemns Venezuelan School Raid
New York, NY, December 1, 2004
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage and deep concern following a police raid at a Jewish school and community center in Caracas, Venezuela. The raid, conducted by 25 heavily armed police officers, took place as more than 1,000 staff, students and parents including many young children and babies were arriving for the start of the school day.
Police said that the November 29 raid was part of an investigation into the assassination of state prosecutor Danilo Anderson. Recent reports in Venezuelan media irresponsibly allege Mossad involvement in the assassination. ADL is deeply concerned that these allegations might be connected to the raid.
"Knowing that it was a school, surely the police could have entered the facility at a time and in a manner that would be sensitive to the children," ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a letter to Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez Herrera. "We are further concerned that this raid occurred following reports in the Venezuelan media that accuse the Mossad, the State of Israel's intelligence service, of being behind the assassination of Mr. Anderson."
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