June 8, 2016
IIE. Interactive Newsletter

IIE Awards the Victor J. Goldberg Prize to YaLa Young Leaders for Peace in the Middle East

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The 2016 IIE Victor J. Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East was presented at a ceremony on June 2nd in Jerusalem by Victor J. Goldberg, a retired IBM executive who is a longtime Trustee of the New York-based Institute of International Education. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, was awarded to Sarah Perle Benazera and Ohood Murqaten, Co-Chairs of the YaLa Young Leaders Core Leadership Group. An online movement led by young adults, for young adults, YaLa focuses on dialogue and engagement as a means to securing a safe, productive, and peaceful region, capitalizing on the catalyzing power of social networks, media and technology to lead their generation to a better future. Sarah and Ohood are part of a team that has made YaLa Young Leaders the broadest and fastest-growing Middle East peace movement today, with nearly 1 million members from all across the MENA region. During times of high tension in the region, the YaLa page provides a safe environment for young people on both sides to search for a different point of view on the situation, and to find partners for dialogue.

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