Monday, 05 March 2007 00:00
Judea PearlWritten by WGCU Newsroom
The father of the Wall Street Journal reporter killed in Pakistan in 2002 by terrorists while working to track Al-Quaida operatives after 9/11, spoke in Naples Sunday night.
Judea Pearl was the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida. Following his son’s death, Judea Pearl formed the Daniel Pearl Foundation. He says it’s committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding using the three vocations in which Daniel excelled: journalism, music and dialogue.
“We bring Muslim journalists on fellowships to work in US newsrooms. We train hundreds of high school students in the art of balanced and objective international reporting and we bring together hundreds of musicians in musical concerts worldwide to promote intercultural respect. And we also sponsor public dialogue between Jews and Muslims to explore common ground and to air grievances.”
The music day is in October around Daniel’s birthday. 400 concerts are planned in 39 countries around the world dedicated to the ideals of tolerance and humanity.
Judea Pearl, and his wife, Ruth, are co-editors of the book, “I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” winner of the 2004 National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies.