IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East

“While there is no magic solution, one positive force may be to encourage people to live and work together at the grass roots, learning to trust and depend on one another for their common good.”

Vic Goldberg, IIE Trustee

"The Goldberg IIE Prize will encourage some of the best and the brightest young professionals to contribute their valuable knowledge and experience to the cause of peace in the Middle East, and will reward them for their courage and conviction in doing so."

Allan Goodman, IIE President

Goals of the Prize

To advance the cause of peace in the Middle East

To bring people together across religious, cultural, ethnic, and political divides

To break down barriers of hate towards "the other"

To recognize innovation and reward those who are courageous and committed enough to work to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic and political issues which divide the region

To inspire others in the U.S. and the Middle East

To motivate current and future IIE grantees to work toward peace in the Middle East

Call for Nominations

The nomination deadline has passed. The winners will be announced in the Spring of 2017.

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2016 Winners

Sarah Perle Benazera and Ohood Murqaten, Co-Chairs of the YaLa Young Leaders Core Leadership Group, received the 2016 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East for their roles leading the charge for peace and positive social change in their communities and in the region. YaLa Young Leaders is the broadest and fastest-growing Middle East peace movement today, with nearly a million members from all across the MENA region.

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