The League welcomed the decision by Newseum in Washington, D.C. to re-evaluate the inclusion of two members of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas in a list of journalists who died covering the news in 2012. ADL also stressed that they had no place on a list with other reputable journalists and that Hamas has long used their media outlets to spread anti-Semitism and incitement against the Jewish state and to extol the virtues of terror tactics.
The decision by British professor Stephen Hawking to withdraw from the Israeli Presidential Conference on political grounds is a a slap in the face to academic freedom. Dr. Hawking said he came to his decision after Palestinian academics urged him to comply with calls for an “academic boycott” of Israel.
"Newseum is concerned with values and standards, which makes this previous decision so shocking. But what concerns me is the decision they finally made, which is the right one."
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation league, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Newseum's decision to exclude from honoring Hamas-affiliated members.
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