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July 4, 2014 1:57 pm

ADL Blasts Anti-Israel Groups for ‘Shock­ing, Shameful’ Failure to Condemn Slaying of Israeli Teens

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Ceremony for Gilad Sha'ar. Credit: Tamir Orbaum / Tazpit News Agency.

Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Wednesday sharply criticized groups and individuals of the United States “anti-Israel movement” for failing to condemn the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens whose bodies were discovered in a shallow grave near Hebron earlier this week.

ADL National Direc­tor Abra­ham Fox­man said, “It is shock­ing and shame­ful that the same groups who swiftly con­demn in the strongest terms any perceived mis­deed by Israel do not seem to have an ounce of moral out­rage left to speak out against the mur­der of three inno­cent Israeli teenagers.”

Foxman continued, “It is easy for these groups to pay lip ser­vice to prin­ci­ples of jus­tice, human dig­nity and nonviolence… Those prin­ci­ples appar­ently do not extend to Israel.”

The ADL said it reviewed the social media pro­files and web­sites of more than 25 lead­ing anti-Israel groups and activists and found that all except one group failed to acknowl­edge the kid­nap­ping or con­demn the mur­ders. “Many had the audac­ity to chal­lenge the fact that the teens were even kid­napped at all,” the ADL said.

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The guilty organizations included the Middle East Children’s Alliance, Students for Justice in Palestine, Adalah-NY, American Muslims for PalestineIf Americans Knew and Jewish Voice for Peace, among others.

The slain teens Naf­tali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were discovered by Israeli soldiers on Monday, 18 days after their abduction by Hamas terrorists. They were buried side-by-side in Modi’in on Tuesday.

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