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University of Haifa
[U of Haifa, Political Science] As'ad Ghanem on the committee for 2009 Al-Awda Award, aimed to return refugees


http://www.badil.org/Publications/Press/2009/press504-09.htm

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

BADIL announces winners of 2009 Al-Awda Award
Award Ceremony Launches Nakba-61 Commemoration Activities Across the West Bank

4 May 2009, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights - Bethlehem, Palestine. BADIL is proud to announce the winners of the 2009Al-Awda Award, the third annual public competition of its kind. The award aims to foster Palestinian talent and creativity and to raise the profile of the Palestinian Nakba and the right of all forcibly displaced Palestinians to return to their homes and lands.

 

 

The winners of the 2009 Award come from various parts of historic Palestine as well as Palestinian refugee communities in exile. They were honored on Saturday, 2 May, in two parallel Awda Award Festivals in the West Bank (Ramallah Cultural Palace) and the Gaza Strip (Red Crescent Hall, Tal al-Hawa, Gaza City). The festivals were attended by an enthusiastic combined audience of over 1,500 people from all over Palestine.

 

The awards were granted by Fawzia (Um Kamel) Al-Kurd, a Palestinian refugee in Jerusalem who has become a symbol of resistance to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian capital since her home was expropriated by Jewish-Israeli settlers last year, Husam Khader, member of the Palestinian National Council, Afif Ghatashe, President of Badil's Board of Directors, and Ingrid Jaradat Gassner, Director of Badil.

 

Winners were selected by independent juries composed of internationally renowned Palestinian artists, academics, journalists, academics and authors. The stage was also graced by the youthful Lajee Center Popular Arts Troupe from Aida camp, which opened and closed the events with a beautiful performance incorporating color, costume, movement and beauty.

 

This year's Al-Awda Award launches multiple activities and events across Palestine and the world commemorating the 1948 Nakba in which a majority of Palestinian were expelled from their homeland. These activities and events will point to the ongoing nature of the Nakba, the fact that Palestinian refugees have not been allowed to return to their home despite the international community's consensus on the legitimacy of this right, and the ongoing forced displacement of Palestinians throughout historic Palestine.

 

The 2009 Award Winners are:

 

Category: Research Papers


Members of the selection committee: Asad Ghanem, Norma Masriyah, Aziz Haidar, Musleh Kanaaneh, Shawqi Alayasa

 

 

Name

Prize

Place of residence

Age

1

Wafa Yousef Ibrahim Zabadi

First

Tulkarem

36

2

Mutasem Khader Ali Adelah

Second

Jerusalem

36

3

Jihad Suleiman Salem Almasri

Third

Khan Younes/Gaza

45

 

 

Category: Children’s Stories:

 

Members of the selection committee: Issa Qaraqi, Salman Natour, Zakaria Mohammad, Renad Qubbaj, Mahmoud Shuqair, Majdi Shomali

 

 

Name

Prize

Place of residence

Age

1

Amal Ka'wash

Honorable mention

London (village of origin: Miron)

28

2

Anas Abu-Rahmeh

Honorable mention

Bil'in/Ramallah

20

3

Shadiah Zu’bi Kasem

Honorable mention

Nazareth

47

4

Ahmad Abdelhameed Issa

Honorable mention

Gaza

27

5

Jihan Yaser Al-Sedah

Honorable mention

Jet/Qalqilya

13

6

Ahlam Besharat

Honorable mention

Tulkarem

33

 

 

Category: Nakba Commemoration Poster:


Members of the selection committee: Yusif Katalo, Suleiman Mansour, Umaya Juha, Makbula Nassar, Sharif Waked, Mohammad Alayan, Omar Assaf, Nassar Ibrahim,

 

 

Name

Prize

Place of residence

Age

1

Rami Hazboun

First

Abu Dhabi/Bethlehem

32

2

Kholoud Khalil Mohammad Al-Ahmad

Second

Ya'bad/ Jenin 

36

3

Mohammad Hassan Abdelhadi

Third

Jenin

27

4

Mohammad Abedullah Al-Krunz

Honorable mention

Gaza

32

5

Rania Yousef Mohammad Al-Madhoun

Honorable mention

Gaza/Egypt

33

6

Bilal Al-Hirbawi

Honorable mention

Al-Khalil (Hebron)

24

7

Mohammad Adel Abdelraheem Dawud

Honorable mention

Qalqilya

23

8

Donia Ahmad Humeidan

Honorable mention

Nablus

23

9

Issam Darawsheh

Honorable mention

Nazareth/Italy

15

10

Salem Salah Tawfiq Sghayir

Honorable mention

Al-Khalil (Hebron)

24

 

 

Category: Photograph (photographer under 18):


Members of the selection committee: Ibrahim Melhem, Loay Sababa, Ammar Awad, Atef Al-Safadi, Rula Halawani Alaa Badarnah

 

 

Name

Prize

Place of residence

Age

1

Abdelfatah Yahia Abdelaziz Da’ajneh

First

Aidah Refugee Camp/Bethlehem

15

2

Firas Akawi

Second

Akko

15

3

Sana Ahmad Abdelhamid Al-Ayaseh

Third

Beit Jala

14

 

 

Category: Written Journalism :


Members of the selection committee: Abdelnasser Al-Najar, Qassem Khatib, Shireen Abu Aqleh, Nasser  Al-Lahham, Najib Farraj, Khalil Shaheen

 

 

Name

Prize

Place of residence

Age

1

Muntaser Suleiman Hamdan

First

Ramallah

38

2

Hussam Mohammad Ezzedin Hamdan

Second

Ramallah

42

3

Maha Adel Al-Tamimi

Third

Ramallah

54

4

Rana Ali Awaiseh

Honorable mention

Nazareth

25

5

Shaima’ Yousef

Honorable mention

Gaza

 

6

Mohammad Ahmad Hassan Othman

Honorable mention

Gaza

22

7

Marwah Awad Hassan Al-hasanat

Honorable mention

Gaza

35

8

Mahmoud Yousef Issa Khalil

Honorable mention

Jordan

23

9

Khader Yousef Mousa Manasreh

Honorable mention

Al-Khalil (Hebron)

46

10

Ra’fat Husni Faris Al-Eis

Honorable mention

Tulkarem

49

 

 

Badil has committed to disseminate the works of these Awda Award winners through various media.The winning poster has been adopted by the Nakba Commemoration Committee as the official poster for this year's Nakba commemoration activities. Those interested should continue to check our website as we publish the pieces of written journalism, the children's stories, and research papers through various Badil publications.

 

We also call on artists, writers, and researchers to prepare themselves for next year's competition, and thank all of those who participated in the one this year, including juries, awards committee, and of course the brilliant Palestinian participants themselves who have proved once again that the spirit of talent and creativity can not be caged by any oppressor.

 

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For more information, contact Badil at:

+972-2-277-7086

info@badil.org

 

 

 

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