Philadelphia ADL Condemns Mosque Incident

The Philadelphia office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish community group, has issued a strong condemnation of the incident this week in which a , a severed pig's head was left outside of the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society in North Philadelphia.

"We strongly condemn this despicable alleged hate crime against the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society. When a religious institution is the victim of a hate crime, the effects reverberate beyond those directly targeted, and can deeply impact entire communities," Nancy Baron-Baer, the ADL's Regional Director, said in a statement.

"Philadelphians of all backgrounds and beliefs must stand together against such bigotry. We thank the Philadelphia Police Department for their quick and thorough response, and encourage them to investigate this incident as a possible hate crime. We hope that the perpetrator will be apprehended swiftly and brought to justice."