India-origin Newsweek Editor Fareed Zakaria has returned an award he received five years ago from his then most admired Jewish group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) over its opposition towards the construction of the planned ground zero mosque and Islamic center in lower Manhattan.
The eminent journalist and worthy son of worthy father late Dr Rafique Zakaria wrote in this connection a letter to ADL chief Abraham Foxman and also a piece in his Newsweek and also (See both Fareed Zakaria's Letter to the ADL and his piece in Newsweek Build the Ground Zero Mosque). It is hoped the two documents would help the viewers understand the actual position of the person who was awarded and the institution that gave the award.
It is to point out that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. Describing itself as "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency", the ADL states that it "fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all" while it "[advocates] for Israel [...] with policymakers, the media and the public" and "defends the security of Israel and Jews worldwide".
Founded in 1913 by The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, a Jewish service organization in the United States, its original mission statement was “to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens.”
The ADL has 29 offices in the United States and three offices in other countries, with its headquarters located in New York City. Since 1987, Abraham Foxman has been the national director in the United States. The national chairman in the United States is Robert Sugarman.