Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer will be recognized for his public statements in defense of Israel by the American non-profit organization Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) at a gala dinner next month.
The Emet Award celebration will take place in New York City on June 2. The dinner benefits CAMERA’s educational work on college campuses and in the media, which last year prompted a record 206 media corrections from the world’s most influential news outlets.
CAMERA was founded nearly forty years ago in 1982 in response to media distortions about the Jewish state, according to George Violin, CAMERA chairman. The organization seeks to promote better understanding of Israel and the Middle East.
Each year at the gala the organization recognizes an individual who has contributed to speaking truthfully about Israel in the public square. Former recipients of the Emet Award have included Noble Prize laureates such as Elie Wiesel, U.S. senators such as Joseph Lieberman, presidents such as Spain’s Jose Maria Aznar and prime ministers such as Canada’s Stephen Harper.
This year’s honoree, Ron Dermer, recently made headlines for his trenchant comments about The New York Times after the paper published an anti-Semitic cartoon.
“The same New York Times that a century ago mostly hid from their readers the Holocaust of the Jewish people has today made its pages a safe space for those who hate the Jewish state,” Dermer said. “Through biased coverage, slanderous columns and anti-Semitic cartoons, its editors shamefully choose week after week to cast the Jewish state as a force for evil.”
“We always try to honor people who represent what CAMERA is about—the spirit of boldly demanding truth from the mainstream media,” Violin said. “We have that person this year.”
Dermer was born in Miami Beach, Florida. He earned a degree in Finance and Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. He was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post for three years.
In 2004, Dermer co-authored with Natan Sharansky the best-selling book The Case For Democracy, which was translated into numerous languages. From 2005-2008, he worked as Israel’s Minister of Economic Affairs in the United States, helping to transform Israel into a global commercial and technological innovator.
His contributions to Israel’s economic thought and direction earned Dermer a place as a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from 2009-2013.
In October 2013, he began serving as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. This position has placed him on the frontlines of defending Israel in the media when global crises have erupted.