Antepli Receives Award from Building Together

 July 6, 2022

Abdullah Antepli, associate professor of the practice of public policy and interfaith relations, received the inaugural Peoplehood Award from Building Together, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering agricultural cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis.

The award recognized Antepli’s deep commitment and leadership in interfaith relations and the pursuit of dignity for people of all faiths. He received the award at a gala in New York City on May 10th. The Peoplehood Award honors those who have shown visionary leadership in making the world a better place.

“When many are busy complaining about darkness, Building Together is lighting candles after candles that will shed light for generations to come. I am truly honored and humbled by this great honor. Hope many will follow the example of BT and make a difference inshallah,” said Antepli.

Iman Abdullah Antepli receiving award

Antepli was presented with a hand-carved tree of life created by Palestinian-American artist Dima Zaghal.

“In conceptualizing a design for an award, I wanted to symbolize a tree of life. Building Together is about planting seeds and growing together as a community. I was incredibly honored to design and construct a plaque with a visual of an abstract date-palm tree of life to present to Imam Abdullah Antepli,” Zaghal said.

Proceeds from the gala go to two faring communities, one Palestinian and one Israeli, who are building factories to produce and export date honey, also known as “silan.”