The President of the European Jewish Congress received Italy’s highest award, according to press reports in Italy.
At a meeting this week, European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, was honored with the Knight of the Great Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, presented by Terzi on behalf of the absent President Giorgio Napolitano, in recognition of his efforts to promote human rights and inter-religious dialogue.
He also received the award for his work in combating xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Europe.
Also present at the ceremony were dignitaries, including Deputy Chairman of the Common Foreign and Community Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Fiamma Nirenstein and Honorable Alessandro Ruben.
Napolitano was honored last Friday for his own efforts to combat anti-Semitism by the Anti-Defamation League while he was on a state visit to Washington. While awarding the outgoing statesman with the award, ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman greeted his unwavering, uncompromising and unequivocal stance against the evil of anti-Semitism.