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Remarks by Abraham H. Foxman on the Presentation of the Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Award
To Dr. Robert Satloff
ADL Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference
April 30, 2007, Washington, DC
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Thanks to the caring and generosity of our longtime friends and supporters, the Moss family of Los Angeles, we have established the Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Award, to be given to a person who has made a positive impact on the image of Jews and Judaism in the Muslim world…

The award is named for Daniel Pearl, a dedicated reporter who lost his life in doing the work he loved. As South Asian bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, he was in Pakistan in January 2002 pursuing a story about international terrorism, when he was abducted and murdered.  Why was Danny singled out?

The terrorists who took him knew he was a journalist and an American. When they found out that Danny was a Jew, they knew they hit the jackpot. As they filmed the brutal last moments of his life, his father Judah Pearl has said, the last words Danny uttered were the traditional Jewish last words: I am a Jew, my mother is a Jew, my father is a Jew. And then they beheaded him, releasing the film for all the world to see and -- most hideous -- to use as a recruiting tool.

Danny Pearl believed passionately in the ideals of the First Amendment and journalism, and his death was a reminder both of the dangers faced every day by foreign correspondents working on the front lines, and of the critical importance of America’s First Amendment freedoms.

It is in the spirit and the ideals of Daniel Pearl – the pursuit of truth, the defense of freedom, the drive to understand and explain the complexities of the world – that we dedicate this award.

Today we present the award to one whom I am certain Danny would have been proud to call a colleague. Robert Satloff, an expert on Arab and Islamic politics, as well as U.S. Middle East policy, has been executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy since January 1993.  Dr. Satloff has written and spoken widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process, the Islamist challenge to the growth of democracy in the region, and the need for bold and innovative public diplomacy toward Arabs and Muslims.

Soon after 9/11, Rob and his family moved to the Moroccan capital of Rabat to oversee the organization's major programs and research projects. In addition, he traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe

During his two years abroad, his personal research also focused on unearthing stories of Arab "heroes" and "villains" of the Holocaust, drawing on archives, interviews, and site visits in eleven countries. His discoveries, which helped convince the German government to award compensation to Jewish survivors of labor camps in North Africa, are the subject of his new book, Among the Righteous: Lost Stories of the Holocaust's Long Reach into Arab Lands.

The author or editor of nine books and monographs, Dr. Satloff's views on Middle East issues appear frequently in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and he regularly comments on major television network news programs, talk shows, and National Public Radio.

Fluent in Arabic, Dr. Satloff is the creator and host of Dakhil Washington (Inside Washington), a weekly news and interview program on al-Hurra, the U.S. government-supported Arabic satellite television channel that beams throughout the Middle East and Europe. In that capacity, he is the only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite channel.

Rob, it is my privilege, and a pleasure, to present to you today ADL’s Daniel Pearl Award.

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ADL Daniel Pearl Award Presented To Renowned Middle East Expert Robert Satloff (4/30/07)
 
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