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On the Retirement of Abraham Foxman


Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 11, 2014

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In the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry, Abe Foxman’s an institution. When I was a freshman Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, getting more and more involved in the Middle East, mentors told me, “go see Abe.” I’m glad I did. This is a guy who spent his entire life fighting hatred and advocating for justice around the country and across the globe. He’s got a moral compass and a clarity of purpose that has remained rock solid for the almost three decades I worked with him. He’s this great Jeremiah-like figure -- always on watch and never afraid to speak his mind. And the cause of peace and the security of the state of Israel is stronger for his service.

Now, as Abe prepares to step down from the leadership role he has held at the Anti-Defamation League for 27 years, Teresa and I wish him well, knowing that the fights he has spent decades committed to are closer to being won because of the vital work he has done.

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