DAAD prize awarded to student from Israel
Nassar’s equally prize-worthy social commitment is focused primarily on efforts to bring together people of very varied interests and backgrounds. The 24-year-old organises social events and gives well-attended presentations on the situation in the Near East. His talks are so popular because, as a Christian Palestinian, he “falls between two stools” as it were. Muslim Palestinians regard him as an Israeli, whereas the Jewish-Israeli majority consider him a Palestinian. For this reason Hussam Nassar sees himself above all as a mediator between different cultures and religions. Furthermore, he is a student representative in his halls of residence and regards himself as contact person for any disputes or concerns involving his fellow residents. His ability to bring very different kinds of people together is also something he makes use of when organising sports events, chiefly football and table-tennis tournaments.
The DAAD prize for academic and social commitment is worth 1,000 euros, and is awarded annually.