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ADL Urges U.N. Security Council to Reject Arafatís Call for a "Protection Force" in Israel

New York, NY, November 9, 2000 Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged members of the United Nations Security Council to reject Chairman Yasir Arafatís request for an international "Protection Force" for Palestinians against Israel, saying such a force would only "serve to exacerbate existing tensions and possibly prolong the violence."

"Chairman Arafatís proposal for a 'Protection Force' is part of a deliberate strategy to internationalize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to deflect attention from Palestinian violence," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "A Protection Force would do little to promote peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians and will only serve to exacerbate existing tensions and possibly prolong the violence."

ADL sent a letter to each of the 14 members of the U.N. Security Council urging them to reject the proposed security force, a move that both Israel and the United States have dismissed as unnecessary and counterproductive. Chairman Arafat is scheduled to meet with the Security Council on Friday and will be followed by Israelís ambassador to the U.N., Yehuda Lancry.

"It is unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is opting to score points against Israel on the international stage rather than dealing seriously with the crisis on the ground," the ADL letters said. "The one-sided Security Council resolution of October 7 raised serious questions about the objectivity of the body with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We urge you now to take a constructive role by denying the Palestinian proposal and push for Palestinian efforts to seriously and consistently quell the violence on the ground and genuinely commit to reconciliation with Israel."

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