Robert Kraft receives Israel's Genesis Prize, pledges $20 million to fight anti-Semitism

Justin Leger
NBC Sports Boston

Robert Kraft receives Israel's Genesis Prize, pledges $20 million to fight anti-Semitism originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

Robert Kraft received a special honor in Jerusalem on Thursday.

The Patriots owner was the recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, which is awarded to individuals for their outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values.

Kraft put the $1 million prize toward initiatives fighting against anti-Semitism and also launched a foundation, with a $20 million personal donation, to help that cause. 

"The new foundation I am announcing tonight is a platform to galvanize the global fight against anti-Semitism, uniting all people of good conscience around this goal," Kraft said in his acceptance speech, per Patriots.com. "My vision is to work to end the violence against Jewish communities. To counter the normalization of anti-Semitic narratives that question Israel's right to exist, disguised as part of legitimate debate on campuses and in the media. To educate, to inform, and to heal inter-communal relations. In combating the scourge of anti-Semitism, my solemn ambition is to counter all forms of intolerance in the spirit of the ancient Jewish value of tikkun olam – to heal and repair the world."

Kraft was joined by Julian Edelman, Stephon Gilmore, and several other current and former members of the Patriots as he accepted the honor.

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