Remarks by World Leaders on the July 2015 Retirement of ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman

  • February 27, 2014

President Barack Obama:

"For decades, Abe Foxman has been a tireless voice against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms, always calling us to reject hatred and embrace our common humanity. Michelle and I wish him well as he prepares to leave the leadership of the Anti-Defamation League – an organization that he built, and led with such passion and persistence. Abe is irreplaceable, but the causes that he has dedicated his life to will continue to inspire people in the United States, Israel, and around the world."

-The White House, February 11, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry:

"In the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry, Abe Foxman’s an institution. When I was a freshman Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, getting more and more involved in the Middle East, mentors told me, “go see Abe.” I’m glad I did. This is a guy who spent his entire life fighting hatred and advocating for justice around the country and across the globe. He’s got a moral compass and a clarity of purpose that has remained rock solid for the almost three decades I worked with him. He’s this great Jeremiah-like figure -- always on watch and never afraid to speak his mind. And the cause of peace and the security of the state of Israel is stronger for his service.

Now, as Abe prepares to step down from the leadership role he has held at the Anti-Defamation League for 27 years, Teresa and I wish him well, knowing that the fights he has spent decades committed to are closer to being won because of the vital work he has done."

-U.S. Department of State, February 11, 2014

Letter from Israeli President Shimon Peres:

Jerusalem, February 17, 2014

Dear Abe,

In the wake of your announcement to retire in July 2015, I want to express my deep appreciation for your 50-year service to the Jewish cause and your 27-year unwavering fight against anti-Semitism as National Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Armed with the conviction of your moral compass, you have been tireless in your efforts to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism, lamenting its rise in today’s world, alongside any form of discrimination driven by hatred, using your powerful and influential voice to protect the safety of the Jewish people in the face of initiatives that threaten their well-being.

We in Israel value your leadership and dedicated commitment to our security and the cause of peace, and your unshakeable engagement in shaping a safe, peaceful and promising tomorrow for Jewish life.

Abe, I wish you all the best in whatever path you take after July 2015, and have noted with satisfaction that you will serve as the ADL’s Director Emeritus after that, ensuring your continued and significant contribution to Jewish causes.

With warm personal regards,

Shimon Peres

In the News:

Anti-Defamation League’s Director to Retire After Leading Group for 27 Years (The New York Times, 2/10/14)

Honest Abe - Abe Foxman's Honorable Career (New York Daily News, 2/12/14)

Finding New ADL Chief: Hard. Replacing Foxman: Impossible (Jewish Daily Forward, 2/11/14)

Foxman's Legacy (New Jersey Jewish News, 2/12/14)

"Abe is irreplaceable, but the causes that he has dedicated his life to will continue to inspire people in the United States, Israel, and around the world."  - President Barack Obama Share via Twitter Share via Facebook

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