BREAKING THE SILENCE, TAU REFUGEE PROGRAM WIN ACRI AWARD FOR 2008
ACRI celebrates winners of Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award with festive
hip hop concert in Ramle
In honor of Human Rights Week and the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, ACRI presented its annual Emil Grunzweig Human
Rights Award to two groups which have fought tirelessly to protect human
rights in Israel.
Breaking the Silence, a group of former IDF soldiers, provides other
former soldiers with the platform to give anonymous testimonials about
human rights violations they encountered during their service in the
Occupied Territories. The testimonials then serve to highlight the moral
faults of the Occupation in the public sphere.
The Tel Aviv University Law Clinic's Refugee Rights program has been a
leader in the struggle to obtain fair and legal treatment for refugees and
asylum-seekers in Israel, one of the country's most trying human rights
issues. Despite Israel's legal obligations to accept refugees, it is
sending many of them straight back to Egypt and their countries of origin
where they face imminent danger, without implementing the proper procedures
for determining their status.
Each year, ACRI rewards an individual or organization that has made a
unique and outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in
Israel with the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award. Peace activist Emil
Grunzweig was killed at a protest march against the First Lebanon War in
1983 by a counter-demonstrator.
This year's award ceremony, which took place on December 7, 2008, was
followed by a dynamic hip-hop concert in Ramle, where ACRI is conducting a
series of events and activities for the public throughout the month of
For interviews with the winners of this year's award and to obtain
permission to use the photos below, please contact Melanie Takefman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or ++972-528606023. All photos by Mike Horton.
ACRI produced a hip hop concert in Ramle to celebrate Human Rights Week
and the winners of the 2008 Human Rights Award, December 7, 2008.
ACRI's President, Author Sami Michael, greets the audience at the award
ceremony in Ramle.
ACRI Executive Director Hagai El-Ad introduces the winners of the 2008
Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award.
Michael Menkin receives ACRI's Human Rights Award on behalf of Breaking
Attorney Anat-Ben Dor receives ACRI's Human Rights Award on behalf of the
Tel Aviv University Law Clinic's Refugee Rights Program.
Several Israeli rappers warmed up the crowd in both Hebrew and Arabic
during the concert in Ramle.