Created in 1989, Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem’s objective is to promote respect for, and ensure protection of, universal human rights standards for residents of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, while educating the public and policymakers and creating a human rights culture in Israel. It recognises that all Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights that must be respected by both Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
B'Tselem takes its name from the Hebrew for “in the image of”, which is also used as a synonym for human dignity. The word comes from Genesis 1:27: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” B'Tselem has shone international light on human rights violations in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, providing a voice to victims and calling for accountability.
The award was presented at a ceremony in Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, on 25 November.
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