Ellen Siegel To Receive The Rachel Corrie Award
Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | May 29, 2014 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce Ms. Ellen Siegel will be the recipient of the 2014 Rachel Corrie Award. The Rachel Corrie Award is an annual award given to a person who shows dedication and commitment for a just and lasting peace in Palestine. This year’s award will be given to Ms. Siegel in recognition of her unwavering commitment to human rights.
Register now for the ADC National Convention and join us in honoring Ms. Siegel and other community leaders and activists, June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! To view the full Convention program click here.
About Ellen Siegel:
Ellen Siegel is a Jewish American that has been an anti-war, anti-occupation activist since the late 60’s. Her first visit to a refugee camp was in 1972. She has been active in the Jewish peace movement, Palestinian solidarity work, and supportive of the Israeli peace camp. In the early 80’s, she helped organize one of the first Jewish peace organizations in Washington D.C. – Washington Area Jews for an Israel Palestinian Peace (WAJIPP) – that called for an end to the occupation, a settlement freeze, and an independent Palestinian State among other principles. WAJIPP sponsored activities such as the annual Israeli-Palestinian Friendship Dinner honoring those who contributed to a better understanding between Jews and Arabs. The last Israeli-Palestinian Friendship Dinner was held at the Rayburn House on Capitol Hill. Ms. Siegel placed advertisements in Jewish publications calling for peace and justice and sponsored public dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian activists. She held vigils against Israeli military aggression towards Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon. She also published a newsletter and organized many press conferences. Ms. Siegel opened the first Psychiatric Unit in the Palestine Red Crescent Hospital in Cairo in 1989 and trained local staff.
Ms. Siegel is a registered nurse who volunteered her services to provide care for those Palestinians and Lebanese wounded in 1982 during Israel’s Invasion of Lebanon. She was working in a hospital in the Sabra camp during the massacre and subsequently testified before the Kahan Commission of Inquiry in Jerusalem. Till this present day, she returns to Beirut every September to commemorate and remember the victims of the massacre. The Not to Forget Sabra and Shatila Massacre, a commemoration sponsored by the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (Beit Atfal Assomoud) includes visits to several refugee camps, meeting with families of the victims, visiting kindergartens, embroidery workshops, attending cultural events, and a march to the mass grave site. Ms. Siegel is a current member of ANERA’s Medical Committee and will be attending the 32nd annual commemoration in Lebanon this year.
Early Registration Still Open for 2014 National Convention!
Early Bird Registration rates for the Annual Convention are still available! Register by May 30th and get a $100 discount ($99 for students, $199 for ADC Members, and $299 for Non-Members). Registration includes access to all meal events, as well as all panels. A full program can be found here.
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