“ALTERNATIVE NOBEL PRIZE”
FOR GUSH SHALOM AND URI AND RACHEL AVNERY
Today October 4, the jury of “The Right Livelihood Award”, better known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, announced
that among this year's award recipients are “Gush Shalom and Uri and Rachel Avnery”. The award granting ceremony will
take place at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on December 7, the same venue where a day later the official Nobel
Prize will be awarded.
In its decision the Jury says that the award was given to “Gush Shalom and its co-founders Uri and Rachel Avnery, who
have shown the way to peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and worked for several decades with courage and
dedication to promote its acceptance and implementation."
The Jury honors "the Avnerys and all Gush Shalom activists for their unwavering conviction in the most difficult and
dangerous circumstances that peace and an end to terrorism can only be achieved through justice and reconciliation.”
The "Alternative Noble Prize" was founded in 1980, “to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers
to the most urgent challenges facing us today.” Jacob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German philatelic expert, sold his valuable
postage stamps to provide the original endowment. Von Uexkull felt that today's institutionalized Nobel Prize ignores
much work and knowledge vital to the future of humankind.
As every year, the award was divided between four. The three other laureates are the British anti-nuclear organization
Trident Ploughshares; Leonardo Boff, Brazil, one of the founders of liberation theology in Latin America; and Jose
Antonio Abreu, the founder of Venezuela’s system of children’s orchestras.
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