The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Daniel Pearl Award was given to the Aladdin Project on 6 November in recognition of work to promote intercultural dialogue and fight all forms of negationism, notably through the teaching of history. The Aladdin Project is an international nongovernmental organization, created in 2009 under the auspices of UNESCO.
The Award was given to the Aladdin Project for its significant contribution to improved understanding among people of different cultures and religions, notably Jews and Muslims, on the basis of knowledge and respect.
“I welcome the fact that this prestigious award is given to the Aladdin Project. This initiative, which UNESCO has supported since its creation, has done outstanding work to promote dialogue and tolerance, the very values on which our Organization is founded. Considering the challenges we face today, this work is more crucial than ever,” declared the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.
The award was established in 2003 to memorialize Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was abducted and killed in Pakistan in February 2002. It is given to a person or entity that has made a positive impact on the image of Jews and Judaism in journalism, interfaith affairs, human relations, politics, diplomacy, culture or other arenas.
The French-based Aladdin Project, initiated by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, brings together intellectuals, political figures, educators and civil society actors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Working to build bridges between different cultures, it seeks to make available objective information about the Holocaust, Jewish-Muslim relation and Jewish culture in Arabic, Persian and Turkish.