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March 28, 2020

Syrians Supported Via 2020 Gandhi Peace Award

For more information contact Stanley Heller, Administrator of Promoting Enduring Peace,

The award will be given to Dr. Zaher Sahloul and Mayson Almisri.

The organization Promoting Enduring Peace has announced the winners of its Gandhi Peace Award for 2020.  The award has been given out since 1960 by the veteran peace and environmental organization.   It comes with a medal made of peace bronze forged from the metal of retired nuclear weapons and with a $5,000 cash prize that will be shared by the two honorees.    The group hopes to hold the actual presentation of the award in September.

The Gandhi Peace Award has been awarded to peace heroes such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez, Tom Goldtooth, Omar Barghouti, Ralph Nader and Jackson Browne.  (full list of laureates at

Stanley Heller, PEP Administrator said, “The Board of PEP decided that our best contribution this year would be to give the prize in hopes it would help reorient the peace movement and the Left on an issue where many progressives have gone astray.  It’s said that most generals prepare for their last war.  Most of the of the peace movement has done the same with Syria, making simple-minded comparisons with the U.S. war against Iraq. Most have ignored the agency of Syrians and their efforts for a democratic uprising, one that has been met by incredible violence and influenced badly by foreign powers, but which still remains active whether hidden in Deraa and Idlib or alive among refugees around the world.  Our award this year is to the medical workers and rescuers of Syria. “ 

He continued, “PEP decided to give the award to two Syrians active in these organizations doing humanitarian work.  The first is to Dr. Zaher Sahloul.   He’s past president of the Syrian-American Medical Society which has built and rebuilt hospitals in Syria, in recent years underground or in caves.  He’s now president of Medglobal which helps not just in Syria, but in 14 countries.  He’s a pulmonary specialist in Chicago where he’s currently helping treat patients with the virus.” 

“The second honoree will be Mayson Almisri.  She is from Deraa where the mass demonstrations began in Syria in 2011.  She is a leader in the Syrian Civil Defense, known in the West as the White Helmets. They are the heroes who dig out survivors and bodies from under the rubble of Assad or Russian bombs.  They have enraged the Assad regime by making videos of the devastation caused by the barrel bombs and the chemicals.  Now during the recent ceasefire, they work at disinfecting, hoping to ward off the virus inside the remnant of Idlib province. “ 

Promoting Enduring Peace tweets at: @pepeace

Promoting Enduring Peaceis a peace/environmental organization founded in New Haven, CT in 1952

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January 14, 2020

Palestinian Museum Director Mazin Qumsiyeh to Deliver the Shafer Lecture

for more information contact Stanley Heller 202-573-7322

Mazin Qumsiyeh is the Director of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research in Bethlehem (Occupied Palestine). He will be giving the Shafer Lecture of Promoting Enduring Peace Saturday, January 18 at 6 p.m. at the Palestine Museum US, 1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge, CT.  The topic of his lecture will be "“Environmental justice: a key to peace in Palestine”. The annual Shafer lecture has been given in the past by luminaries such as Frida Berrigan, Timothy Snyder and Phil Donahue.

Mazin Qumsiyeh has spoken all over the world about denial of Palestinian human rights and issues of climate change and biodiversity in the Middle East and the world. He was formerly Director of the Cytogenetics Department at Yale University. He was one of the founders of the Palestinian Museum of Natural History in 2017. In 2018 he was a National Geographic grantee. He is author of several books including "Sharing the Land of Canaan" and  “Popular Resistance in Palestine”

We're pleased to add to the program a Palestinian writer from Gaza.  His name is Yousef Aljamal.  He's a writer, translator and researcher.  He co-authored "Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories of Young Palestinian Writers". He did nationwide speaking tours in the U.S. in 2014 and 2019. He came to the U.S. this year to attend the 3rd Palestine Scientists Conference at MIT.

Admission to the Palestine Museum US for the lecture will be at a special price $4.


Denounce Move to Expel Gandhi Peace Award Winner

Press Release: (Oct. 9, 2019)

For more information contact Stanley Heller, 202-573-7322

Promoting Enduring Peace (PEP) is reacting to news that the Interior Minister of Israel is seeking to get Palestinian Omar Barghouti expelled from his home in Acre. Barghouti is married to an Israeli Palestinian citizen and has lived in Acre peacefully for over 20 years.  Interior Minister Aryieh Deri claims Barghouti is “a man who does everything to harm the country.” Barghouti has been targeted because he is one of the leaders of the BDS movement, calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions of Israel to pressure it into respecting the rights of Palestinians and this has gotten the ire of Israel’s right-wing government.

Barghouti was given the Gandhi Peace Award by Promoting Enduring Peace in 2017 along with Ralph Nader. The award has been given since 1960 to laureates such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, Tom Goldtooth, Amy Goodman and Jackson Browne

Stanley Heller, Administrator of PEP, said, “We are appalled that harassment of Omar Barghouti is now reaching the stage where he might be expelled from his homeland.  He was given the Gandhi Peace Award because we admire his call for peaceful measures to get Israel to abandon apartheid and respect human rights of all the people living within the land it controls.  Far from seeking to harm Israelis, Barghouti is trying to get Israeli authorities to obey international human rights laws to take away the reasons for animosity towards Israelis.”

Barghouti has been harassed repeatedly by the Israeli government. He was denied permission to leave Israel to accompany his mother to a Jordanian hospital for cancer treatment. When she died, he was only allowed to go to her funeral after threat of court suit. In 2017 Israeli announced he was under investigation for tax fraud. That year Israel threatened to deny him permission to go to the United States to receive the Gandhi Peace Award only to reverse itself under pressure.

Promoting Enduring Peaceis a peace/environmental organization founded in New Haven, CT in 1952