IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East

“While there is no magic solution, one positive force may be to encourage people to live and work together at the grass roots, learning to trust and depend on one another for their common good.”

Vic Goldberg, IIE Trustee

"The Goldberg IIE Prize will encourage some of the best and the brightest young professionals to contribute their valuable knowledge and experience to the cause of peace in the Middle East, and will reward them for their courage and conviction in doing so."

Allan Goodman, IIE President

Goals of the Prize

  • To advance the cause of peace in the Middle East
  • To bring people together across religious, cultural, ethnic, and political divides
  • To break down barriers of hate towards "the other"
  • To recognize innovation and reward those who are courageous and committed enough to work to overcome the religious, cultural, ethnic and political issues which divide the region
  • To inspire others in the U.S. and the Middle East
  • To motivate current and future IIE grantees to work toward peace in the Middle East

2014 IIE Goldberg Prize

The Institute of International Education has awarded the 2014 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East to Tal Harris and Samer Makhlouf of the OneVoice Movement’s Youth Leadership Program, which mobilizes young Israelis and Palestinians to promote lasting peace. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was presented by the Chairman of IIE’s Board of Trustees, Thomas S. Johnson, on June 9 at the U.S. Consulate General’s cultural center in East Jerusalem.

Mr. Harris, an Israeli, and Mr. Makhlouf, a Palestinian, received the 10th annual IIE Goldberg Prize in recognition of their parallel work in training youth in the skills to organize the moderate, non-violent majority in their communities to press for realization of the two-state solution.

Mr. Harris and Mr. Makhlouf have worked in parallel across religious and cultural divides to engage more than 6,000 young men and women, primarily between the ages of 18 and 35, from major cities, small towns, college campuses, and refugee camps alike to advance the cause of peace and work toward a two-state solution. In keeping with OneVoice’s distinct strategy of parallel programming, these national campaigns operate separately but in sync, giving OneVoice legitimacy in both communities while allowing Youth Leaders to address the challenges, narratives, and disputes that are specific to their neighborhoods and political environments.

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