SOURCE: The Forward

October 26, 2007 08:00 ET

The Forward Receives a 2007 Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 26, 2007) - Bassam Aramin, head of Al Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue, has won a 2007 Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism for his article "A Plea for Peace from a Bereaved Palestinian Father." The article first appeared in Forward, America's most influential Jewish weekly newspaper.

In the article, Aramin poignantly writes about how the death of his young daughter inspired him to work toward creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

"The Forward congratulates Bassam Aramin for his contribution and we're pleased to be part of the dialogue for peace in the Middle East," said Oren Rawls, Forward Opinion Editor.

The Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle Eastern Journalism are presented annually by Search for Common Ground (http://www.sfcg.org/sfcg/sfcg_home.html) to recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people in the Middle East. The articles chosen provide insight into regional issues and debates, contribute to political dialogue, expose readers to new perspectives and help to lay the groundwork for peaceful solutions to Middle Eastern conflict.

In addition to heading the Al Quds Association for Democracy and Dialogue, Aramin is one of the co-founders of Combatants for Peace, a group consisting of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters now working together to achieve a nonviolent end to conflict. In the feature, Bassam writes poignantly about how the death of his young daughter inspired him to work toward creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict -- away from adversarial approaches -- towards collaborative problem solving. It finds local partners to determine culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

ABOUT THE FORWARD (www.forward.com): The Forward is widely regarded as American Jewry's essential newspaper of record. Published weekly since 1990, the Forward is committed to rigorous reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics and culture in the Jewish world. Forward editor J.J. Goldberg, a veteran journalist and author, and his staff have enhanced the paper's reputation for incisive, hard-hitting reportage with a populist, progressive spirit that was the paper's hallmark in its early days. Headquartered in New York, the newspaper is owned by the Forward Association, Inc., a 501(c) (4) corporation. It is published on Fridays and is available on newsstands nationwide as well as by subscription and online.

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