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Alternative Nobel Prize For Gush Shalom

Published: Fri 5 Oct 2001 09:34 AM
“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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