October 30, 2011 – EcoPeace awarded Mt. Zion Foundation Award

EcoPeace Middle East Awarded the Mount Zion Foundation Award

Dormition Church – Mount Zion – Jerusalem

October 30, 2011

The Mount Zion Foundation has its seat at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research (IJCF) at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, and grants the Mount Zion Award every other year to persons of Jewish, Muslim or Christian faith, who have significantly contributed to the Jewish-Christian dialogue or to the understanding of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in Israel.

The presidents of the Foundation, Prof. Dr. Verena Lenzen, Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research at the University of Lucerne, and the abbot of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem, Gregory Collins Benedikt Lindemann, will present the Mount Zion Award this year to EcoPeace Middle East, on October 30, 2011, at the Dormition Church, Mount Zion in Jerusalem.

EcoPeace Middle Eastis a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. The organization’s primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect the region’s shared environmental heritage. In so doing, EcoPeace seeks to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

From the judges: “[EcoPeace’s] work received our attention primarily because you bring together representatives of different nationalities and religions. You have succeeded, by way of example, in your projects, to promote life in several dimensions: water itself allows life; the peaceful use of shared water resources unifies people of different religions and nationalities. Your work undoubtedly makes an important contribution to the peaceful coexistence of nations in the Middle East.”

For more information:

Dr. Verena Lenzen, Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research at the University of Lucerne, [email protected]

Mr. Gidon Bromberg, Israeli co-Director of EcoPeace Middle East, [email protected]

Mr. Munqeth Mehyar, Jordanian co-Director of EcoPeace Middle East, [email protected]