Our friend Jim Adler has sent us the following news from the Kansas City Star” (it had been picked up by the Associated Press). Though we have no official word about accuracy of the report, it would be a wonderful turn of events if the Hadassah medical organization were to be nominated, and even more wonderful if it were to win this prize. It would help to balance much of the anti-Israel bias so often seen in the media.

HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

(NEW YORK, NY — March 8, 2005) — The Hadassah Medical Organization, which has achieved international acclaim for promoting peace in the Middle East region by providing equal treatment to Palestinians and Israelis, has been nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

Although the Norwegian Nobel Committee does not release the names of nominees, professors and members of legislatures from at least four different countries recently revealed to Hadassah officials that they had extended formal nominations on behalf of the medical organization, according to June Walker, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, the founder and benefactor of the medical organization.

Their nominations cited three areas in which Hadassah Medical Organization has excelled in promoting peace in the region: the ability to maintain the value of equal treatment for all people despite treating more terror victims than any other medical center; the model of cooperation and coexistence set by the mixed staff of people of all faiths; and the medical organization’s ongoing initiatives in creating bridges for peace even throughout the intifada.