Human rights award for Merkel
Friday, March 14, 2014
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive the Joseph Prize for Human Rights by the Jewish non-governmental organization, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) based in the United States.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a press conference on Friday that the German Chancellor will receive the award for her engagement in human rights by the Anti-Defamation League on the 19th March in Berlin.
Earlier, Merkel and 16 of her ministers visited Israel on 24th February for the two-day long 5th Joint cabinet talks.
The ADL states that its aim is to "fight anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all through information, education, legislation, and advocacy."
The ADL has also been criticized by several groups and people like linguist and activist Noam Chomsky who characterized ADL as having lost entirely its focus on the civil rights issues to become solely an advocate for Israeli policy. He holds that ADL casts all left-wing opposition to Israeli interests as anti-semitism.
In 2002, the ADL honored former US President George Bush for his efforts that resulted in Operation Solomon, the 1991 rescue of Ethiopian Jews. The ADL Joseph Prize for Human Rights recognizes world leaders for their achievements in advancing freedom, democracy and human rights.
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