We commend the Israel Police for their energetic pursuit of this gang of "neo-Nazis." The suspicion that immigrants to Israel could have been acting in praise of Nazis and Hitler is an anathema to the Jewish state and is to be repelled.
Members of the group were reportedly from the former Soviet Union and were religiously identified as Christians. They were allowed to immigrate to Israel on the basis of the Law of Return which grants even grandchildren of Jews sanctuary in the Jewish state. The tragic irony in this is that they would have been chosen for annihilation by the Nazis they strive to emulate.
We are disturbed by the cases of young immigrants involved with "neo-Nazi" activity. However, ADL feels that until now the phenomenon appears to be marginal and more of a failure in the absorption process than an organized movement. The youth are angry at Israelis for holding them in contempt and lash out with hatred.
ADL urges not stereotype a whole community because of the actions of a small group.