Ambassador Samantha Power Faces Backlash After Daniel Pearl Tweet

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, sparked controversy Sunday when she tweeted a statement about Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl implying he was responsible for his own murder by Al-Qaeda.

Powers spoke Sunday night at the 2013-2014 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA. Afterwards she tweeted:

Pearl was abducted and murdered in Pakistan in 2002 by British National and 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. In a video of his murder, he said, “My name is Daniel Pearl. I'm a Jewish American from Encino, California, USA.”

Twitter users were quick to ask Power to elaborate on what she meant.

Power did not elaborate or respond to the criticism. Instead she added another tweet on journalism.

Sources: The Jewish Press, TheBlaze