“For decades, there has been unceasing incitement against Israel, rife with false allegations about policies and actions in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount, from Palestinian and Israeli Arab religious and political leaders,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, and Director of ADL’s Israel Office Carole Nuriel wrote in a joint statement.
They added that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ condemnation of the attack in a phone call to Prime Minister Netanyahu was “appropriate” but not sufficient.
“He and other Palestinian and Arab political and religious leaders must now take concrete action to curb anti-Israel incitement,” they added.
“We send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, as well as to the entire Israeli National Police force community, and hope for the quick recovery of those injured.”
Three terrorists opened fire on a group of policemen near Lions' Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday morning, killing two Israeli police officers and injuring two more before the attackers were killed by police.
The attackers were later identified by the Shin Bet as 29-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Mahmoud Jabarin, Muhammad Ahmed Fadel Jabarin 19, and Muhammad Hamed 'Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, from Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel. The assailants fled to the Temple Mount where they were killed by police officers. Israel Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said guns were found in their possession.
Jpost.com staff contributed to this article.