Israeli ADL objects to rabbis' letter on military force
Expresses concern over all civilian deaths
Oct 05, 2004
The Israel office of the Anti-Defamation League has taken issue with a letter from rabbis calling on the Israeli army to increase military force against the Palestinians even when this force could endanger innocent Palestinian civilians.
“The citizens of Israel have for too long experienced cruel terrorist atrocities and daily threats that indeed must be dealt with forcefully,” said the ADL in a prepared statement. “However, we mourn along with the majority of Israelis the injury and loss of any and all innocent civilians during the course of battle, regardless of national identity or religion.
“As in the past when similar statements were made by some rabbis and religious leaders, we remind ourselves and take pride in the fact that the IDF [Israel Defense Force] takes great pains to minimize civilian loss of life, often at its own peril and many times with tragic results.”