In January, CAMERA’s Campus Coordinators Samantha Mandeles and Gilad Skolnick met with our CCAP group at UCLA, Bruins for Israel, and with Judea Pearl, as seen in the picture below. Professor Pearl expressed his concerns regarding the prevalence of inaccurate information regarding Israel on the university campus and the effort by some student groups to unfairly demonize Israel.

Professor Judea Pearl, born in Israel, is a professor at the university and the father of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered by militants in Pakistan connected with Al-Qaeda and the International Islamic Front in 2002 for his American and Jewish heritage.

Professor Judea Pearl with campus coordinators Samantha Mandeles and Gilad Skolnick.
Professor Judea Pearl with campus coordinators Samantha Mandeles and Gilad Skolnick.

The Daniel Pearl award is given by the Daniel Pearl Foundation every year. The foundation was formed in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to further the ideals that inspired Daniel’s life and work. Their mission is to promote mutual respect and understanding among diverse cultures through journalism, music, and dialogue.

This year the award recipient was Khaled Abu Toameh. “Khaled Abu Toameh has been telling us with courage and objectivity what life is like in the West Bank and Gaza. Rarely has a reporter been so successful in penetrating a conflict so complex and remaining consistently and defiantly on the side of truth,” says Judea Pearl. Toameh was honored in the 2013 CAMERA dinner.

Learn more about Khaled Abu Toameh on our site.

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