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Jerusalem Post columnist Barbara Sofer is one of three journalists who will receive the Search for Common Ground's annual Elia-Sartawi awards for Middle East journalism.
Her fellow awardees are Tala Rahmeh of Ramallah and Marie Medina of Paris. The award ceremony at the International YMCA in Jerusalem will be held on November 11.
Common Ground is a nongovernmental organization based in Washington, DC, aimed at conflict resolution and prevention, and transforming conflict into cooperation action.
Sofer wrote "Meeting Beyond the Comfort Zone," published on September 28, 2007, in the Post. Rahmeh wrote "Rifkah and my Mother" in The Electronic Intifada in August 2007, and Medina wrote "When Arab and Jewish Kids Go to the Same School" in Babelmed.net this past June. The articles can be viewed at here.
Common Ground awards $1,000 to each recipient, said Sofer, who is a mother of five and a grandmother of eight. She learned of the award a few weeks ago.
"I am delighted and honored and will be pleased to meet people and speak. I get a lot of feedback from my columns in the Post, and it is not my usual audience," added Sofer, who is in charge of public affairs for Hadassah-Israel.
Unwilling to label herself right wing or left wing, Sofer said: "Political opinions in Israel have changed a lot. Most Israelis passionately desire peace."
This year the awards are being given for the first time in Jerusalem; previous awards ceremonies were held in Istanbul, Brussels, New York, and Washington. The journalists and their work will be celebrated at a ceremony that will include live musical performances by top local musicians - David Broza and the Palestinian band Wala'at. The event will start at 7 p.m. and be open free to the public.
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