Jews and Israel should be wary of anti-Muslim extremists who claim to embrace Israel and Zionism, Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman said.
Foxman e-mailed his comments to JTA in the wake of reports that Anders Behrin Breivik, the alleged gunman in last week’s massacre that killed 76 in Norway, counseled an anti-Muslim alliance between white Europeans and Israel.
“Jews, Israelis and supporters of Israel must beware, must be careful, and cannot ignore or embrace those bigots who so much hate Muslims and Islam that they pretend to support Israel, Zionism and even Jews,’ Foxman said. “Likewise, those bigots and haters cannot immunize themselves by pretending to embrace Israel. We need to be very clear, as Jews and Israelis, that we separate ourselves from this kind of hatred, stereotyping and scapegoating. The Norway killer’s ramblings are a reminder that we must always be wary of those whose love for the Jewish people is born out of hatred of Muslims or Arabs.”