The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya has established a journalism center named for Daniel Pearl, the Jewish-American reporter who was murdered in Pakistan.
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The Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute aims to advance high-quality journalism in the Middle East and promote balanced reporting on the region. It will offer fellowships to outstanding journalists and immersion programs for visiting reporters.
Members of Pearl's family attended the opening ceremony on Wednesday. Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and the president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, said the institute represents a “towering contribution to Danny's legacy, his life, his mission and his dreams."
Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by members of Al-Qaeda while reporting for the Wall Street Journal in Karachi, Pakistan in 2002. His last words—“My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish”—were recorded on video and became a rallying cry for Jewish solidarity around the world.
On Monday, the Jewish Agency honored Pearl at a Memorial Day ceremony in Jerusalem. His widow, Mariane, and 10-year-old son, Adam, helped lay a wreath at a memorial inscribed with his name and those of 200 others who were killed in attacks targeting Jews outside of Israel.