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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Outraged at Danish Minister's Remark After Assassination of Israeli Cabinet Member. (Resume: ADL's pressemeddelelse om tidligere Udenrigsminister Mogens Lykketofts bemærkninger i forbindelse med mordet på den israelske turistminister).

Press Release Israel/Middle East - New York, NY, October 22, 2001.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage at a remark by the Foreign Minister of Denmark, Mogens Lykketoft, who claimed in a television interview that there is no difference between the assassination of elected Israeli leaders and the targeted killing of known terrorists.

"There is no justification under any circumstances for the assassination of a democratically elected member of the Israeli Cabinet," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The cold-blooded murder of Minister Rehavam Ze'evi by members of a Palestinian terror organization was an attack on the government of the State of Israel, one carried out by terrorists intent on escalating the violence and destroying efforts to restore diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel's policy of targeting known terrorists is aimed at preventing future attacks against innocent civilians."

In a letter to Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen of Denmark, ADL noted the Foreign Minister's statements were at odds with the international war against terrorism. The League called on Minister Lykketoft to disavow his remarks.

"Following September 11, the world has united in a war against terrorism," the letter to Prime Minister Rasmussen stated. "Unfortunately, the Foreign Minister's comments only serve to justify and legitimate terrorism."

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
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