Posted by on April 07, 2014 in Blog
The 2014 Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service will be presented to Senator George J. Mitchell at this year’s annual Gibran Gala on Friday, April 25.
Whether Senator Mitchell is known for being one of the most respected figures in Congress, or more recently as Middle East peace envoy and author of the “Mitchell Report,” we take much pride in such an extraordinary Arab American public servant. In his long and distinguished career, Senator Mitchell has continually demonstrated his beliefs of inclusion, cooperation and an unwavering commitment to peace.
In his fifteen years in the Senate, including his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mitchell dedicated his time to some of the country’s most important issues. He has been instrumental in bringing about key legislation, including the reauthorization of the Clean Air Act and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senator Mitchell’s boldness and commitment to the advancement of equality is evinced by his tireless work as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland for President Clinton, and the United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace for President Obama. His personal involvement in the Northern Ireland peace negotiations is often cited as the crucial component in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999 for his efforts. In 2001, his “Mitchell Report” served as a groundbreaking review of the events that led to the Second Intifada and is widely praised for its fair interpretation of events and important recommendations, including its critical findings on Israeli settlement activity.
Senator Mitchell’s meaningful contributions to so many facets of American society and international peace exemplify the qualities of leadership and understanding that the Arab American community honors at Gibran. We hope you can be there with us on April 25 as we present the Najeeb Halaby Award to Senator Mitchell for his embodiment of the true spirit of public service.