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What are the origins of the award?

The Double Cross Award

The inspiration behind this award was the daily experience lived by people across the Arab and Islamic world, and their treatment at the hands of rulers interested only in preserving their own power and wealth. These rulers have betrayed their people, seeking instead alliances with Western imperialists – particularly those of the Israeli state.

Instead of supporting the colonized people of Palestine and the wider region, too many Arab rulers seek to aid and justify the actions of the Zionist occupation of Palestine.

This award aims to expose those standing in the way of peace, freedom and justice. Unlike most awards, the recipient will not be honored and celebrated, but instead be shamed as their crimes and injustices are shown for all to see.

To “double cross” means to betray. One explanation for the term’s etymology comes from the story of English criminal Jonathan Wilde in 18th century England. Wilde would keep a notebook in which he would draw a cross next to the other criminals with whom he would conduct business. But when their value to him ended, he would add a second cross – and hand them over to the authorities in return for a bounty.

Whatever its actual origin, double cross has come to mean double dealing or betrayal – and the Arab world has no shortage of examples. Our focus here, however, is on the double-crossing by states such as Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt towards the people of Palestine. Although such rulers may offer warm words of solidarity and brotherhood to those living under occupation, their actions are of betrayal, aiding and abetting the crimes of the Israeli occupation for their own personal, political and economic benefit.

Finding the greatest double-crosser among these powerful individuals and entities is a challenge – and that is why the awards have been launched.

The Double Cross AwardTo whom is the award granted?

The winner will be a person or entity proven to be serving and working alongside the forces of occupation. For this, we will focus on those in the Arab world who we believe have betrayed their people for the power and privilege rewarded to them for their collaboration.

The Double Cross Award

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What is the aim of the award?

To expose the worst perpetrators of collusion with the occupation, and to highlight to the world their part in denying the people of the Arab and Islamic world their freedom and self-determination.
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What are the award criteria?

The award shall be given to the person or entity whom our jury of experts believe has provided the most support to the hostile forces of occupation, chosen from a shortlist. The winner is the candidate with the largest number of votes.
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What is the prize?

The winner shall receive a single agora – the smallest denomination of Israeli currency. They will also receive a medal engraved with the winner's name and a special certificate.
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Who grants the award?

The award will be given by non-profit human rights organization whose aim is to expose those giving their support to the occupation. It will be run by an international board of trustees made up of intellectuals, academics and human rights campaigners.
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How will the award will be announced?

The winner of the award will be announced via press conference as well as the official website. The website allows visitors to vote for their favourite candidate. These votes will be alongside those of our international jury, which includes such names as: -Professor Youssef Tibbs, Professor of Logic and Contemporary Philosophy -Professor Muhammad Al-Mughayer, Professor of Political Science -Professor Jawad Bishara, Researcher in cinematographic and media sciences -Professor Ahmed Wehman, Researcher in the fields of sociology and anthropology -Dr. Hashem Abdel Rahman Takrouri, Professor of Public Law, Public Finance and Taxes -Dr. Jihad Saab, Professor ISSAE Cnam Liban -Dr. Hanna Sabat, PhD in astrophysics
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To whom is the award granted – and why?

The decision to launch this award derived from the natural right to self-determination for all people. It is a right supposedly enshrined in the modern world but one which is frequently abandoned by world powers when it does not suit their political and economic agendas. Similarly, the award was inspired by the right of oppressed people to resist – to resist the occupation of their lands by colonial and imperialistic forces and to resist displacement from their homelands. This resistance is not an abstract political ideology fed to the oppressed by those seeking to manipulate others for their own aims, as is often claimed by the world’s leaders, but the reality of resisting simply to survive, to retain dignity, to hold on to the land, property, and people on which the oppressed rely. The Western world as we know it today was built upon the colonialism of the Arab world, Africa and beyond. European settlers committed genocide on indigenous populations in the Americas and Australasia, and now those lands bear the names given by those colonialists. While it might be taught that such tragic events are now confined to the history books, with modern resistance movements limited to the small indigenous populations still surviving and holding on to what little they have left – such as with Native Americans or Aboriginal Australians – there is, of course, an ongoing process of colonialism and resistance still in process. The theatre for this conflict is Palestine, and its occupier is the Western-backed state of Israel. The ideology and practice of Zionism has followed a similar path to those earlier European colonialist projects. The movement of Zionism grew from the horrors faced by Jews in Europe over centuries, horrors that culminated in the Holocaust. Zionism – the belief that Jews can only survive in their own ethically pure state – was initially a small movement within the Jewish community, but grew exponentially following the attempted genocide committed by Germany under the Nazis. After the Second World War, anti-Semitism was still rife in Europe – and Britain saw a perfect opportunity to both retain its control of Palestine, of which it was colonial master, while encouraging Jews to leave Europe. As such, the state of Israel was created in 1948 in Palestine, resulting in the expulsion of Palestinians from their land and the creation of, as one British parliamentarian put it, the creation of a “little Jewish Ulster” in Palestine – a reference to how Britain held control of Ireland through its relocation of Protestants to the island. The rise of the US empire after the war saw it take a special interest in Israel, which gave it a foothold in the region. Israel would become its attack dog – it would have similarly aligned interests, stand up to anti-US forces, as it does to states like Iran today. It would also, however, have its own interests – which would sometimes cause problems for the US imperial project. The myth of Palestine being the historical home of the Jews, and that this occupational force was itself an exercise in self-determination, came to become accepted wisdom in the West and beyond. Zionism attempted to re-write history and theology to ensure this story was the accepted truth. The story grew to be that Palestine had been a Jewish homeland from pre-historical times, just as those justifying white colonialism made similar outlandish claims about white dominance of the world in such eras. Traditional Palestinian clothing, foods and land were appropriated by Zionism as part of this retrospective rewriting of history – from Canaanite Palestinian dress to hummus. However much the official history books of the Western world have maintained this story of Zionist legitimacy in what we now call the Middle East, Palestinians still live, survive and resist in their homeland. Every act of resistance – from militant reprisals to demonstrations to boycotts – are condemned by Western leaders and their media as being fuelled by racism, rather than the right to resist occupation. Recognition of the state of Israel has now been accepted by states such as the UAE, and Saudi Arabia has long collaborated with the state of Israel, despite its hollow words of support for the Palestinian cause. But the resistance to occupation continues – in the region, in the West and around the world. It is not based on hatred of Jews, as the slanderous Western powers hope the world will believe. It is based on justice and freedom – the values that those same states claim underpin their own very existence. Our awards aim to shame those who claim to be Palestinian allies, but are instead on the side of their oppressors. In doing this, we want to show the world that resistance to occupation still exists ­– and, one day, will succeed.

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