U.S. President Barack Obama.
U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo by AFP
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U.S. President Barack Obama praised Abraham Foxman as “irreplaceable” on Tuesday, following an announcement by the Anti-Defamation League that its longtime leader plans to retire in 2015.

“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,” Obama said in a White House statement.

“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,” Obama said in his statement. “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.”

Foxman has served as ADL national director for 27 years. After he steps down, the ADL said in a press release Monday, he will serve as a part-time consultant to the organization and sit on its national commission and national executive committee.

Founded in 1913, the ADL combats anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry and fights for civil rights.