2016 - Sarah Perle Benazera and Ohood Murqaten
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.
YaLa is an online movement led by young adults, for young adults, focusing on dialogue and engagement as a means to securing a safe, productive, and peaceful region, capitalizing on the catalyzing power of social networks, media and technology to lead their generation to a better future. Sarah and Ohood coordinate a diverse Middle Eastern team of administrators who manage the YaLa Young Leaders' Facebook page, reaching an average of 65,000 people per day. During times of high tension in the region, the YaLa page provides a safe environment for young people on both sides to search for a different point of view on the situation, and to find partners for dialogue.
2015 - Yehuda Stolov and Salah Aladdin
IIE presented Yehuda Stolov and Salah Aladdin of the Interfaith Encounter Association with the 11th annual IIE Goldberg Prize in 2015. The award recognizes their efforts in leading grass roots interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study groups that bring Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze together on a very personal level to share their cultures, beliefs, and traditions across religious and cultural divides.
2014 - Tal Harris and Samer Makhlouf
IIE presented Tal Harris and Samer Makhlouf of the OneVoice Movement's Youth Leadership Program with the 10th annual IIE Goldberg Prize in 2014. The award recognizes their parallel work mobilizing young Israelis and Palestinians to promote lasting peace.
2013 - Murad Alyan and Eli Beer
In 2013, the 9th annual IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented to Murad Alyan and Eli Beer, two leaders of United Hatazalah. The prize was presented at a ceremony held at the American Center in Jerusalem, hosted by IIE in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
2012 - Hassan Jabareen and Dan Yakir
In 2012, the 8th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented to Attorney Hassan Jabareen, the founder and General Director of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and Attorney Dan Yakir, the Chief Legal Counsel at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The prize was presented at a ceremony held at the American Corner/Arab Jewish Community Center in Jaffa, hosted by IIE in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
2011 - Amal Elsana Alh’jooj and Vivian Silver
In 2011, the 7th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented to Amal Elsana Alh’jooj and Vivian Silver, Co-Executive Directors of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), at a ceremony at the Peace Tent (Al Sa’ada) in the Arab Bedouin city of Rahat on June 21, 2011.
2010 - Bassam Aramin and Avner Wishnitzer
In 2010, the 6th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented to Bassam Aramin and Avner Wishnitzer, two founders of the group Combatants for Peace (CFP), at a ceremony near Beit Jala on October 13, 2010.
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2009 - Nimrod Goren and Hakam Jadallah
In 2009, the 5th annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented to Nimrod Goren, Director of the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation, and Hakam Jadallah, Director of the Palestinian Youth Forum for Cooperation for their joint initiative, Fresh Start.
2008 - Aziz Abu Sarah and Lily Yaffe
In 2008, Aziz Abu Sarah and Lily Yaffe received the Goldberg IIE Prize for their work with The Parents Circle Family Forum, conducting educational activities that draw on their own very moving personal stories and the experiences of hundreds of bereaved Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the violence in the region.
2007 - Amin Khalaf and Lee Gordon
In 2007, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Gene Cretz joined IIE in presenting the third annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Amin Khalaf and Lee Gordon, two veteran Israeli educators, at a reception at The American Center in Jerusalem.
The award recognizes their pioneering work in co-founding the organization Hand in Hand in 1997, and their success over the past decade in building and developing three bilingual and multicultural schools where 750 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade are currently co-taught by Arab and Jewish instructors and courses are presented in both Hebrew and Arabic. In the 2007-08 school year, Hand in Hand, which began with 50 students in 1998, will expand to serve over 900 Jewish and Arab children in four schools. A decade ago, the two co-founders recognized segregated schools as a barrier to peaceful coexistence, and they joined together to invent a unique multicultural school model to support a stronger civil society in Israel.
2006 - Ibrahim Abu Shindi and Hadas Kaplan
In 2006, U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones presented the second annual Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Ibrahim Abu Shindi and Hadas Kaplan at a reception at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Yaffo.
The award recognizes their pioneering work in creating an innovative and sustainable community organization that works to promote inter-cultural dialogue, co-existence, and community empowerment in its mixed Jewish and Arab Israeli neighborhood.
Mr. Abu Shindi and Ms. Kaplan founded the Center 13 years ago to preserve ethnic, religious, and national individuality while fostering better understanding, tolerance, and democratic values among diverse populations. The Center has become a paragon of co-existence between Jewish and Arab populations in an urban setting, providing a venue for both facilitated and unmediated encounters between members of Yaffo’s various ethnic and age groups, including children from Jewish and Arab kindergartens, elementary and high school students, and adults. It also runs job skills training and school enrichment outreach programs in the community.
2005 - Professors Dan Bar-On and Sami Adwan
In 2005, at a reception at the American Center in Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer presented the inaugural Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Professors Dan Bar-On and Sami Adwan for their pioneering work in engaging Israeli and Palestinian teachers and teenagers in changing entrenched and polarizing attitudes on both sides of the region’s conflict.
A prestigious international committee judged the shared history project, “Learning Each Other’s Historical Narrative,” to be most successful in bringing people together and breaking down the barriers of hatred toward “the other,” and selected Professors Bar-On and Adwan, co-directors of Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME), to receive the $10,000 Prize this year.
In an innovative and collaborative approach, Bar-On and Adwan brought together teams of Palestinian and Israeli teachers and historians to develop parallel narratives of key historical events as viewed by the Israeli and Palestinian communities, translate them into Hebrew and Arabic, and test their use together in both Palestinian and Israeli classrooms. Using this new shared history booklet, 15 and 16 year old students in each school system will be able to read the history of the other community alongside their own, coming to understand the historical perspectives and contexts that shape both communities.
The goal of this new project of PRIME (Peace Research Institute in the Middle East), the organization that Bar-On and Adwan direct, is to “disarm” the teaching of Middle East history in Israeli and Palestinian classrooms, to advance the cause of understanding and reconciliation between peoples and ultimately create a social infrastructure capable of sustaining formal political agreements in the region. The booklet has also been translated into English, French, Italian and Spanish languages, and has begun to be used widely in several European countries.