The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday said it is concerned about "one-sided" criticism of Israel in response to the demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in east Jerusalem.
In a statement released Tuesday, ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said: "We are deeply concerned by this barrage of condemnation aimed at Israel and the claim that building in any part of Jerusalem could stymie negotiations. It was especially troubling to see the harsh condemnations from the EU and the UN go as far as they did. Neither the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel nor the construction of housing for Jews anywhere in Jerusalem contradict the Israeli commitment to a negotiated resolution of all the core issues and certainly will not preclude the subject of Jerusalem from those negotiations."
He continued: "The one-sided criticisms focused on Israel come at a time when the Palestinian leadership is brazenly violating internationally recognized obligations to participate in negotiations with Israel, and seeking U.N. resolutions which would effectively circumvent those obligations."
"Each of these activities...merit public and repeated condemnation by the international community. Collectively they convey to Israel and the world a strong message of bad faith by the Palestinian Authority," Foxman concluded.