Amos Oz is awarded the Dagerman Award for his humanist, diversified authorship that explores humanity’s exposure and vulnerability. As a commentator, with his starting point in Israel’s turbulent history, he advocates peace and co-existence in the prolonged conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Peace Now movement
As a resident in Tel Aviv, Amos Oz has long advocated for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and was a co-founder of the Peace Now movement in Israel.
“In 2006, Amos Oz published a fairly short text “How to Cure a Fanatic,” and 650 000 copies of this text was handed out to Swedish upper-secondary school pupils. The Enlightenment, education and common sense are all questioned today and, in this context, Amos Oz can contribute greatly to help us reach a deeper understanding,” says Bengt Söderhäll, senior lecturer in curriculum studies at the University of Gävle and a member of the Dagerman jury.