Marina Pevzner '04, former Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellow, presents the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award to the Israeli organization "New Profile"

On Saturday March 6, 2004, at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts, Marina Pevzner '04 presented The Courage of Conscience Award to the Israeli organization "New Profile." A former Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellow, Marina Pevzner served as an intern in Sri Lanka. In addition to presenting the award, Pevzner was instrumental in selecting this year's recipient. Pevzner is an Israeli conscientious objector.

The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award is presented to individuals and organizations whose commitment to the cause of peace, social justice, nonviolence, and the arts has served to bring about life-affirming social change. Since 1991, this award has been given to 108 individuals and groups. Recipients have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, Harry Wu, Mohammed Ali, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others.

Ruth Hiller, a founding member of New Profile, traveled from Israel to accept the award. New Profile believes in the right of all individuals to not to serve in the military and to not serve in an occupation army or within the borders of occupied territories. At the same time, New Profile strives to change the military mindsets in Israel and create a civil society. In Israel, several groups are refusing to participate in war. They consist of individuals from the armed forces who refuse to go to war in the occupied territories, students, and peace activists, among others.