The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) strongly condemned the murders of Dallas law enforcement officers during an otherwise peaceful protest last night against the shooting deaths of two African-American men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.

In an apparently well-planned and coordinated attack, which President Barack Obama described as “vicious, calculated and despicable,” five officers were killed and seven were injured, along with two civilians. It appeared to be the deadliest attack against law enforcement officers since terror attacks of 9/11.

“We condemn this horrific attack against Dallas law enforcement officers in strongest terms. We have reached out to the Dallas Police Department to convey our condolences and offer support,” said Roberta Clark, ADL Dallas Regional Director. “At this early point in the investigation, the motive for this odious attack is unknown and it would be irresponsible to jump to conclusions or cast blame. We must let the investigation run its course.”

“In the aftermath of this attack on law enforcement and the recent police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, we appeal to the public to remain calm during this challenging and difficult time,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Violence should never beget violence. Solutions will be found only when we work together peacefully and engage in constructive dialogue.”

ADL extended its deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of the fallen and injured.

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Erica Terry is Managing Editor at Jspace News. She has reported on domestic and international news, Israeli politics, features and more for Jewish publications in New York, Miami and London.