Not the Oscars, the Sakharov

Breaking the Silence – a fart in Sakharov’s face

see 5MFI blog: Breaking Breaking the Silence

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Israel advocate Michael Dickson from Stand With Us has an op-ed article in today’s Jerusalem Post, A hypocritical prize nomination It concerns the nomination of Breaking the Silence (Shovrim Shtika) yet another internationally funded group† whose sole task is to undermine Israel’s legitimacy all in Israel’s best interests, of course </SARC>. We’ll blog about them soon.

With all the money that has been invested in the problem of Palestinians, it would have been possible long ago to resettle them and provide them with good lives in Arab countries. Andrei Sakharov

Michael’s article seems to suggest that Breaking the Silence is certain to be selected. IT IS NOT!

Eight other more worthy candidates

“Access”, Syrian human rights lawyer Haytham Al-Maleh, Cuban Doctor Guillermo Fariñas, Sahrawi human rights advocate Aminetu Haidar, Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak, Ethiopian politician Birtukan Mideksa, Vietnamese priest Father Thadeus Nguyên Van Ly and “Open doors” – an international group supporting persecuted Christians†.

Three finalists

  • Breaking the Silence
  • Guillermo Fariñas, fighter for freedom and human rights, in Cuba.  He has spent 11-and-a-half years in prison and conducted 23 hunger strikes to protest against the Cuban regime, censorship and human rights violations.
  • Birtukan Mideksa,  Ethiopian politician and former judge. She was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment in December 2008, after speaking to journalists in Sweden and released from prison at the beginning of October.

Action Item:

  • Write to MEPs on the Foreign Affairs and Development Committees in favour of Fariñas or Mideksa.
  • If you are a member of the European Union write to your MEP.
  • Don’t forget letters to the editor and comments!
    Breaking What Silence? The Wall Street Journal
Sakharov Prize Winners

Sakharov Prize Winners


† Funders in 2008 include the European Union (€43,514), the British government (NIS 226,589), the New Israel Fund (NIF — $68,833 in 2008), the Netherlands (€19,999), the Spanish government, Oxfam, Christian Aid, the Moriah Fund, ICCO (Dutch church group) and SIVMO (Dutch). (source NGO Monitor)
† Read more details on the Sakharov Prize site Who will win the Sakharov Prize 2010

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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