MEPEACE's 4th annual peacemaker awards! We welcome your comments below.
Thousands of peacemakers inspire peace today. Here we shine a light on 5 accomplished peacemakers, 5 young individuals with great promise for peace and five networks and orgs making a difference.
MEPEACE PEACEMAKER AWARDS
Leadership – Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) – President of the Palestinian National Authority
For being a leader for peace in tough times. For renouncing violence and promoting non-violent methods for the establishment of Palestine.
Online Dedication - Sussan: http://mepeace.org/profile/
Sussan is dedicated online on MEPEACE, working to “share ideas, and search for solutions that leave no one humiliated.”
On-the-ground organization – Dr. Ahmad Hijazi, RIP
A leader in conflict resolution and director of the School for peace in Neve Shalom/Wahat Al Salam (Oasis of Peace), until his untimely death in 2012.
Innovation – Shelley Hermon - http://mepeace.org/profile/
Producer and director of “Within the Eye of the Storm” – Award winning film on Bassam and Rami, combatants for peace.
PROMISE FOR PEACE AWARDS – Names to watch!
Ahmed Helou - http://mepeace.org/profile/0599830979
Tireless worker for peace and Co-founder of Visit Palestine
Sulaiman Khatib - http://mepeace.org/profile/
Committed leader for peace from Ramallah
Yovav Kalifon - Pioneer of the ‘Tiyul-Rihla Project’, a joint initiative bringing Israelis and Palestinians together to learn the history of the other. http://www.tiyul-rihla.org/
Ayelet Haliva – Pioneer of Social Justice Now http://Ustream.tv/channel/
Alon Lee-Green – Young politico advancing Arab-Jewish relations and social justice
ORGS FOR PEACE AWARDS: Making a difference!
Possibilities – Facebook – http://facebook.com
The all-encompassing social network is recognized for enabling the 'virtual togetherness' that can help bring peace and change, enabling worthy efforts such as ‘YaLa Young Leaders’ and ‘Israel Loves Iran’.
Innovation - YaLa-Young Leaders يالا-يا قادة الشباب יאללה-מנהיגים צעירים – http://facebook.com/yalaYL
YaLa-Young Leaders is an online, Facebook-based movement dedicated to empowering young Middle Easterners to lead their generation to a better future with more than 260,000 ‘Likes’ from across the Arab world, Israel, the Mediterranean and the wider international community.
Breakthrough - Israel Loves Iran - http://www.facebook.com/
A bridge in the Middle East between the people.We are not enemies. We love each other. The aim is to: “communicate. Get the lines open. That's hope…and that's easy. Because of the internet.”
Education - Peace Mala – http://peacemala.org.uk
'Grass roots' charity working for peace through education. A Peace Mala is a symbolic double rainbow bracelet that promotes friendship, respect and peace between people of all cultures, lifestyles, faiths, beliefs and none. It is a vision for the future. Wearing the Peace Mala is a promise to help create a better world.
Initiative – My Face for Peace - http://www.myfaceforpeace.org/
An independent peace initiative, launched in October 2012 in Hamburg/Germany for giving face to the wish for global peace. “Positive change is possible only through unity and solidarity of a great mass of people. Showing face is a first step in a peaceful future. To make this process successful it is inevitable that each of us begins to create peace in the own heart.”
Previous MEPEACE Peacemaker Award winners:
2009 - http://mepeace.org/mepeace-awards-2009