HERZLIYA — An Israeli college established a journalism center named for Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan.
The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya launched the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute on Wednesday.
Pearl was on his way to an interview in Pakistan in 2002 when he was abducted and later beheaded. His last words were, “I am Jewish.”
Pearl’s widow, Mariane, wrote a memoir that was turned into a movie starring Angelina Jolie.
The institute aims to advance quality journalism in the Middle East and promote balanced reporting from the region. It will offer fellowships to outstanding journalists and immersion programs for visiting reporters.
Pearl’s father, Judea, said he hoped the institute would be a “towering contribution to Danny’s legacy, his life, his mission and his dreams.”
Judea, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, said “I am so proud of the establishment of this institute, which represents a combination of values which embodied Daniel’s spirit. It’s hard to find these days, in any media outlet, a story described in a true and realistic way. Our most important mission for creating peace is to learn how to listen and hear the other side’s story. The Palestinians perceive Israel as a state which will stop at nothing to achieve its goals, which is why any form of Israeli humanity is absent from Palestinian media.”
He added: “We cannot think of a better gesture than opening the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute to reflect his life’s work and the complicated relationship in the Middle East.”