Israeli journalism institute in memory of Daniel Pearl opens

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli college opened a journalism institute named for slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

The Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute, part of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, was launched Wednesday.

Pearl’s father, Judah, and Daniel’s widow, Mariane, participated in the opening ceremonies.

One of the institute’s goals is to promote balanced reporting from the Middle East, according to reports. It also will provide fellowships for journalists.

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal’s south Asia bureau chief, was researching a story about Islamist militants when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002. He was murdered a month later.

His final words as he was about to be beheaded — an act that was captured on camera and widely distributed — were “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” 

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