Huda Abuarquob Honored with Laudato Si’ Award for Individuals for Her Lifetime Commitment to Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

On December 5, 2017 Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director of Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) and International Abrahamic Network (formerly the Abrahamic Family Reunion) participant, was awarded the Laudato Si’ Award for Individuals for her lifetime commitment to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. The following is a transcript of her acceptance speech.


Assalamo Alaikom,

Your Eminencies, ladies and gentlemen,

As a Palestinian Muslim woman, I am honored and humbled by this recognition for my work as the Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, and on behalf of over 100 organizations I accept this award with great humbleness.

His Holiness Pope Francis asked us all as world citizens in Laudato Si about the kind of world we want to leave to those coming after us, and my answer is:

As an aunt of twenty-eight nieces and nephews I am committed to ending the conflict that has destroyed the generations that came before them through Feminist Inclusive Political Activism, healing historic and religious narratives, fostering a culture of peace and reconciliation and treating this earth as a holy gift. I do this along with thousands of Palestinians and Israelis who refuse to be enemies and who are determined to break out of the cycle of victimhood, injustice and ignorance.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict can and will be transformed if this community that has been overlooked and too often ignored by those in power is given the recognition it deserves. I know that this award will give us the recognition we deserve and will help pave the way for a true dignified and lasting peace in the Holy Land.

From the heart of Jerusalem we wish the world a Merry Christmas

Thank You