ADL WELCOMES STATE DEPARTMENT'S DISASSOCIATION FROM
FORMER AMBASSADOR'S ANTI-ISRAEL COMMENTS
New York, NY, January 7, 1997...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed
reassurances from the State Department that it "unequivocally disassociates"
itself from inflammatory comments attributed to former U.S. Ambassador to
Qatar Andrew I. Killgore, who was honored at the State Department for his
reports on the Middle East.
Amb. Killgore was presented an award for his activities as publisher of
the American Educational Trust's Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
a publication which has promoted views that are tainted by anti-Semitism
and anti-Zionism. In response to ADL concerns, the State Department assured
the League that it was not an official sponsor of the event, stating in
a letter that it "unequivocally disassociates itself from the inflammatory
comments attributed to former Amb. Killgore," and, "does not condone,
nor will it tolerate, expressions of anti-Semitism of the kind cited in
In May, 1996, Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR) awarded
Amb. Killgore its Foreign Service Cup during the annual Foreign Service
Day held at the State Department. The DACOR award acknowledged Amb. Killgore's
publishing "accounts of events which most of the rest of the media
has been reluctant to cover."
"Mr. Killgore's willingness to selectively 'cover' such events,"
wrote Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in his letter to the Secretary
of State, "is rooted in his career-long animosity towards Israel, a
position that is clearly contrary to U.S. foreign policy."
The State Department stated that DACOR is one of three non-governmental
co-sponsors of Foreign Service Day. In its letter, the State Department
wrote, "Though there exists no official co-sponsorship with the Department
of State of awards presented that day by the three private organizations,
the presentations did occur at the Department of State. The Department of
State regrets the situation which arose last May and will be in consultation
with DACOR to avoid a potential recurrence of this nature."
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