Jewish group to fete Peres, Google CEO with top awards

Jewish group to fete Peres, Google CEO with top awards

Former president celebrated by ADL for ‘remarkable service to Israel,’ Eric Schmidt for leadership role at Google

President Shimon Peres (photo credit: Flash90)
President Shimon Peres (photo credit: Flash90)

Former president Shimon Peres and Google chief executive Eric Schmidt are slated to receive the highest honors of the Anti-Defamation League, to be presented at a New York City dinner on Monday evening.

Peres, who stepped down as president in July of this year, will be awarded the ADL’s Distinguished Statesman Award, the League’s highest honor, for his “wisdom, statesmanship and remarkable career in service to Israel and the Jewish people.”

Schmidt will receive the ADL’s International Leadership Award, which the organization said was “to pay tribute to exceptional individuals and corporations whose vision, imagination and creativity have left an indelible mark upon the global community.”

Schmidt is being recognized for his position as a tech executive and his role in turning the start-up search company into one of the world’s prominent corporations. An ADL press release on Monday also cited Google’s policies stressing openness to diversity and equal opportunity.

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will be among the event’s speakers.

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