Zakaria Returns ADL Prize

Fareed Zakaria is a mensch:

Five years ago, the ADL honored me with its Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize. I was thrilled to get the award from an organization that I had long admired. But I cannot in good conscience keep it anymore. I have returned both the handsome plaque and the $10,000 honorarium that came with it. I urge the ADL to reverse its decision. Admitting an error is a small price to pay to regain a reputation.

The details of the return aside, just think about the fact that the Anti-Defamation League has traditionally been in the business of doing things like handing out first amendment awards named after Hubert Humphrey to dudes with names like “Fareed Zakaria.” Point being that it was a Jewish organization, but one not a narrow Jewish nationalist outfit. Rather it was one that that believed Jews could and would prosper in a country and a world that lived up to high-minded liberal ideals. This characterizes the vast majority of the ADL’s work historically and even today, and it’s what’s garnered admirers for the organization.