ADL Mourns the Death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy
New York, NY, August 26, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) joins America in mourning the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), following his long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair, and Abraham, H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We mourn the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a great American, a master legislator and a passionate champion of our nation's democratic values and fundamental commitment to equality and fair treatment for all.
Throughout his nearly fifty years in the Senate, his was a voice of reason, principle and passion that cut to the core of the fundamental ideals and future of this nation, especially in the tumultuous and polarizing policy debates.
Senator Kennedy's leadership on issues of voting reform, religious freedom, civil rights, hate crime protections and immigration reform was instrumental. He fought against anti-Semitism, racism, prejudice and bigotry of all kinds. He was a staunch supporter of Israel and an outspoken advocate for Soviet Jews.
We extend our sincere condolences to the Kennedy family and hope they will take comfort from his enduring legacy.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.