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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 your letter."

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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