LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- One year ago, on January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped while on assignment in Karachi, Pakistan. On February 21, 2002, the world learned of his senseless and violent murder at the hands of terrorists. Now, on the anniversary of this tragic loss, friends and family of Daniel Pearl invite people of all faiths to join them in remembrance by conducting and participating in interfaith memorial services during the period of February 20-24, in a show of solidarity against terror and intolerance. Keynote memorial services are being planned in several major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, and Jerusalem. The services will remember and honor Daniel Pearl as a Jew, a citizen of the world and a creator of dialogue while condemning the madness of his murder and seeking to help restore sanity and humanity to the world. "We are convinced that our world will be strengthened and more secure when people of courage and goodwill stand together in solidarity to bear witness against terror and the anti-Semitic prejudice that killed our son," said Dr. Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "By bringing together people of different beliefs, building trust and uniting them in a common stand for sanity and humanity, our son's life -- and even his untimely death -- will make a difference." Dr. Pearl will participate in services at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 20; at Temple B'nai Jeshurun in New York on Saturday, February 22; and at Temple Beth Tzedec in Toronto on Monday, February 24. Additionally, the Jerusalem Foundation will conduct a national service in Israel at Mishkenot Sha'ananim on Saturday, February 22. Additional information on organizing a local neighborhood memorial service can be found at The Daniel Pearl Foundation Web site ( www.danielpearl.org ). Based in Los Angeles, CA, The Daniel Pearl Foundation was founded last year by Daniel's family and friends with the mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding and tolerance through journalism, music and innovative communications.
SOURCE The Daniel Pearl Foundation