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Holder to ADL: Protect Rights of Muslims after Boston

By: JTA

In a speech to the Anti-Defamation League, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged Americans to protect the rights of Muslims and other minorities in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

“The battle for the safety and rights of all Americans — all Americans — must be our common endeavor,” Holder told a conference in Washington on Monday marking the group’s centennial.

He noted that the conference was held just weeks after the Boston bombing, which killed three and wounded scores.

The lead suspects are two brothers who are Muslims of Chechen origin. One was slain in the bombing’s aftermath; one is in custody.

“Our investigation into this matter remains ongoing, and I want to assure you that my colleagues and I are determined to hold accountable, to the fullest extent of the law, all of those who were responsible for this attack,” Holder said. “But I also want to make clear that just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities, the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation.”

Holder praised the ADL for its role in combating anti-Muslim sentiment, noting that the organization initiated a friend-of-the-court brief filed by an interfaith coalition in the successful Justice Department lawsuit against a Tennessee county that sought to prevent the building of a mosque.

“This action, and many others like it, prove the department’s determination to safeguard the core constitutional protections that stand at the center of who we are as a nation – and that have always empowered the ADL to bridge divides and promote cooperation over conflict,” he said. “As Americans, we must not allow any group to be stigmatized or alienated.”

Holder also pledged his assistance in combating anti-Semitism, which he said remains a threat.

“We delude ourselves if we believe that the dark forces have been conquered,” he said. “They continue to exist in this nation. They continue to exist in the leadership of other nations around the world who have pledged to do harm to Israel and to Jewish people in other countries. We cannot afford to dismiss this sad and dangerous reality.”

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6 Responses to “Holder to ADL: Protect Rights of Muslims after Boston”

  1. Too bad you are so worried about non-existent attacks on Muslim rights all the while attacking the victims' and the rest of American rights.

    Mr. Holder should be behind bars for his numerous crimes against Americans.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    this is a must see video for all, Please pass this one along to family and friends. Maybe then something, anything CAN BE DONE TO STOP THESE TRAVESTIES?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/must-watch-judge-jeanines-epic-smackdown-on-the-mother-of-the-boston-jihadi-bombers/

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    this is a must see video for all, Please pass this one along to family and friends. Maybe then something, anything CAN BE DONE TO STOP THESE TRAVESTIES?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/must-watch-judge-jeanines-epic-smackdown-on-the-mother-of-the-boston-jihadi-bombers/

  4. personally, if I were an organization praised by holder, I would cringe with shame.

  5. Mr. Holder is just a very bad and stupid person. he should be put in jail for what he has done in this country. Let's just remember "Fast and Furious". He is a scumbag.

  6. Alan Kardon says:

    Mr. Holder, How about you doing your job and start protecting US citizens.

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