B’Tselem nominated for Human Rights Tulip Award
Written by B’Tselem
B’Tselem has been nominated for this year’s Human Rights Tulip, the annual award given by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting human rights in innovative ways. Our chances of winning depend on you and your vote.
The Human Rights Tulip is more than just a great honor. It comes with €100,000 to further human rights work. If B’Tselem receives the award, we will use the money to expand our struggle to expose and document the human rights violations inherent under Israel’s occupation. The winner is selected from a shortlist of six candidates, including three public favorites chosen through an online vote. Your votes can determine if we are shortlisted. Voting opened September 9 and continues only until September 16th.
Your help is more important than ever in light of the efforts of those who wish to perpetuate the occupation to sabotage B’Tselem’s nomination. Shortly after we announced our nomination for the Human Rights Tulip, the Israeli institutions of occupation (partially funded by the taxpayer) responded with a campaign calling on supporters to vote for anyone but the Israeli nominees. Our opponents are actively recruiting thousands of people to vote against us, and have even resorted to urging the public to use fake email addresses to vote against us. Despite these counter-efforts, thousands have already voted for B’Tselem – and your votes can help keep us in the top three spots, as needed in order to be shortlisted for the Tulip award.
We are honored to be shortlisted for the prize alongside other inspiring human rights organizations and defenders, and we are thrilled that supporters of the occupation are voting for the people and organizations that promote the values they despise. Your support will show that this battle, at least, against the agents of the occupation can be won.
We need your help more than ever to counter attempts to silence B’Tselem’s opposition to the occupation.