Babelmed Journalist to receive Eliav-Sartawi Journalism Award!

Babelmed Journalist to receive Eliav-Sartawi Journalism Award!
Marie Medina


We are very pleased to congratulate our journalist Marie Medina from Jerusalem for the Eliav-Sartawi Journalism Award she will receive for her article: “When Arab and Jewish Kids go to the same school” . ( )
Search for Common Ground has announced Barbara Sofer, Marie Medina, and Tala A. Rahmeh as the winners of the 2008 Eliav Sartawi Awards for Middle East Journalism. With over 70 articles submitted in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, the 2008 Eliav-Sartawi awards was as competitive as ever…

About the Awards
Babelmed Journalist to receive Eliav-Sartawi Journalism Award!Search for Common Ground holds annual Awards for Journalism in the Middle East. Known since 2003 as the Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism, the Awards recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people and maintaining political dialogue in the Middle East.

The Awards were originally conceived by Mr. Zel Lurie, a veteran American journalist who first began reporting on the Middle East during the British Mandate in Palestine before 1948. By creating the awards, Mr. Lurie sought to give recognition to journalists whose work promotes greater understanding between Arabs and Israelis.

The Awards are named after two courageous pioneers of the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Dr. Issam Sartawi (1936-1983), recognized internationally, culminating in him being awarded the Kreisky Prize in 1979. He was assassinated in April 1983 in a hotel lobby in Lisbon, Portugal while participating in the building of the peace process.

The Centre for the Advancement of Peace and Democracy at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem is named after Dr. Sartawi. Lova Eliav has been active in Israeli politics and diplomacy ever since the founding of the state. A member of the Knesset from 1965-1979 and again from 1988-1992, Eliav served as Secretary-General of the Labor Party in the early 1970s, a position he lost after calling for negotiations with the Palestinians.

The main objective of the awards is to celebrate journalism that contributes to better understanding between people in the Middle East. We honor articles that try to open windows of understanding on the people in the region, and the issues that divide them, provide insight into regional issues and debates, contribute to political dialogue, expose readers to new perspectives and help to lay the groundwork for peaceful solutions.