MembersPalestinian Leader Steals the Prize

This year’s Steiger Award was bestowed upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Bochum, Germany.

By David Lazarus |

The Steiger has been a prestigious annual tribute since 2005, acknowledging excellence and dedication in the fields of charity, music, film, sports, and building the European community.

Steiger is a German term referring to a mining foreman, and the award is intended to reflect the qualities of responsibility, honesty, openness and hard work valued in the Ruhr region, an area of large industrial and economically-rich cities bordered by the rivers Ruhr to the south, Rhine to the west, and Lippe to the north.

So one might ask why such a celebrated acknowledgement of hardworking and dedicated German men and women would be presented to the president of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a man who calls suicide bombers “heroes” and names streets and town squares after “martyrs” who murder Israeli men, women and children in cold blood.

One can only wonder, but it should be noted that this year’s Steiger announcement came at the end of the Palestinian leader’s three-day trip to Germany where he met with Chancellor Angela...

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