Irish lawmaker, Spanish journalist recipient of Palestine award for excellence

RAMALLAH, Tuesday, The Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity for the international category was awarded this year to an Irish lawmaker and a Spanish journalist in ceremonies held in Ramallah on Monday night and attended by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Independent Irish Senator Frances Black was given the award for lunching in January the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 that calls for prohibiting the import and sale of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.

Lola BaAon, Spanish professor of journalism at the University of Valencia and director of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly Foundation, was also named as recipient of the Palestine International Award for Excellence and Creativity for the international category for her work in support of Palestinian human rights. Her personal and professional career has always been linked to the defense and promotion of human rights, especially in her work as a journalist in various areas of conflict, and more specifically in the Palestinian territories.

Other local winners of the award in the social institution category included Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, the Gaza-based Sadeel Media Production, Dar al-Tifl al-Arabi in Jerusalem and Ard El Insan Palestinian Benevolent Association in Gaza.

There were also winners in three other categories on startups, projects by special needs people and best companies.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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