Haaretz journalist Vered Lee received the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award on Thursday. The award, given by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, is given annually to three recipients – an individual or an NGO – for their unique contribution to advancing human rights in Israel.
In addition to Lee, the prize was awarded this year to the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution and the director of the Physicians for Human Rights’ Mobile Clinic, Salah Haj Yahya. The judges wrote: “For over a decade Vered Lee has been dedicating her all to sounding the voice of those on the fringes of Israeli society: prostitutes, refugees, homeless people, female prisoners and others. ... With in-depth articles in Haaretz and the blog ‘Shetah Hefker’ (No Man’s Land), interviews on media outlets, opinion pieces and film and book reviews, she fights not only for the human rights of the most invisible men and women in Israeli society, but for the very recognition of them as human beings.”