Goldberg Prize awarded to Negev Institute co-directors

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The co-directors of the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development will receive the 2011 Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East.

Amal Elsana Alh’jooj, an Arab Israeli, and Vivian Silver, a Jewish Israeli, will receive the Goldberg Prize in recognition of their efforts to promote peace and development by working to build a more just society in Israel. The prize honors their initiatives to train and empower the Bedouin community of the Negev, with a particular emphasis on the role of women in the process of community development.

The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented Tuesday in Rahat, the Bedouin city in the Negev. The event will be hosted by the Institute of International Education in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards the prize annually to recognize outstanding work being conducted jointly by two individuals, one Arab and one Israeli, working together to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East.

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