The prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual or organization to the State of Israel and the Jewish people. NGO Monitor was commended for exposing the political agenda and ideological bias of humanitarian organizations, which use the discourse of human rights to discredit Israel and undermine its position among the nations of the world.
Born in London and raised in California, [Prof. Gerald] Steinberg is a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University, and a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Jerusalem Post. He founded NGO Monitor in the aftermath of the UN World Conference against Racism that was held in Durban in 2001, where Zionism was equated with racism and other scurrilous, false charges were made against Israel.
Alluding to the work done by NGO Monitor, [Jerusalem Mayor Nir] Barkat said he could accept that the world expects more of Israel in terms of high standards, but he couldn’t accept that the world doesn’t expect anything of Israel’s neighbors.