U.N. envoy Power clarifies Daniel Pearl tweet

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, posted a correction to her tweet about Daniel Pearl that stirred controversy over the slain journalist’s death.

Responding to the Feb. 23 tweet by Power, some said it appeared to indicate that the Wall Street Journal reporter was responsible for his own death.

“Daniel Pearl’s story is a reminder that individual accountability and reconciliation are required to break cycles of violence,” Power tweeted.

Pearl, who was Jewish, was decapitated by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002.

Power posted a correction on Feb 24 explaining that her reference was to the global outreach of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which was established by the journalist’s parents, Ruth and Judea Pearl.

Power then tweeted, “As I said last night, the men who murdered Daniel Pearl did so because he was an American and, most of all, because he was a Jew.” — jta