The Children of Abraham Coalition is dedicated to promoting peace and understanding while undermining bigotry and hatred. Children of Abraham Coalition presented it’s 2008 People’s Peace Award to Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora of IPCRI (The Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information) for their work in combining research with peace-building actions and advocacy across Israel and Palestine.
Gershon Baskin was cited for promoting a just and sustainable end to the conflict.
Rochelle “Shelley” Berkley (D), U.S. Representative for Nevada’s 1st congressional district, presented the award together with Dr. S.E. Elia, founder of the Children of Abraham Coalition.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.