MARYKNOLL, N.Y. – The Olof Palme Memorial Fund in Stockholm, Sweden has announced that the 2015 Olof Palme Prize has been awarded jointly to Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine, and Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, author and columnist for Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.
Long engaged in local, regional, and international efforts on behalf of Palestine, Rev. Dr. Raheb serves as President of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem (www.daralkalima.edu.ps), as well as president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He is author of several books, most recently Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes (Orbis, 2013). The book seeks to rediscover the original imperial contexts of the biblical texts—including the Gospels—and to bring this reading into dialogue with the current context of Palestine.
The Board of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund selects recipients of the annual Olof Palme Prize for outstanding achievement in the spirit of Swedish statesman Olof Palme (1927-1986). Previous recipients include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and Amnesty International. The Prize consists of a diploma and $75,000 and will be awarded in a ceremony in Stockholm on January 29th.
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