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Palestinian and Israeli women to get Gandhi peace award in S.Africa

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Durban (dpa) - Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian Legislative Council member and Zehava Galon, an Israeli Knesset member will receive the Mahatma Gandhi Award for Peace and Reconciliation at a ceremony in the eastern South African city of Durban on Thursday, a news report said Wednesday.

The award would honour the "two powerful women who have been working tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in Israel and Palestine", the Sapa news agency said quoting Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma.

The outspoken Ashrawi would also deliver the Mahatma Gandhi Lecture, an annual event hosted by the Gandhi Development Trust in Durban City hall, according to Sapa.

Mahatma Gandhi lived in South Africa for about two decades working as a lawyer and activist.

Copyright 2005 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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