President Barack Obama reacted yesterday to news of Anti-Defamation League president Abe Foxman’s impending retirement.

The ADL revealed this week the group’s leader would step down in July 2015, after 27 years with the Jewish organization.


“For decades, Abe Foxman has been a tireless voice against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all of its forms, always calling us to reject hatred and embrace our common humanity,” Obama said Tuesday.

Michelle and I wish him well as he prepares to leave the leadership of the Anti-Defamation League — an organization that he built, and led with such passion and persistence…Abe is irreplaceable, but the causes that he has dedicated his life to will continue to inspire people in the United States, Israel, and around the world.”

Foxman will remain a part of the ADL after leaving the post, maintaining a seat on the group’s national commission and national executive committee.

The ADL was founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism.