Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Paraguay President Scoops WJC’s Shalom Prize

Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes will receive the Shalom Prize from the World Jewish Congress for his “contributions to building coexistence.”

The Latin American branch of the World Jewish Congress made the announcement on Tuesday, as did Cartes’ office. The prize will be awarded in March, in a ceremony to be held in Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital and headquarters of the Latin American Jewish Congress.

Jack Terpins, president of the Latin American Jewish Congress, said the group is happy to recognize “people who make a significant contribution to building coexistence” and explained that Cartes was selected for his “constant support of dialogue and negotiation, from a neutral place, about the situation in the Middle East. ”

“The Jewish people have a lot of history, is very rich in tradition and memory, so this award is an honor for me,” Cartes said during a meeting held Tuesday in Asuncion where leaders of the Latin American Jewish Congress informed Cartes of the honor.

The award ceremony on March 16 will be part of a World Jewish Congress meeting. According the President’s website, Cartes has already confirmed that he will be present in Buenos Aires to receive the award.

In July 2014, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder thanked the government of Paraguay for refusing to sign an unbalanced resolution offered by the Mercosur, a trade group of five South American nations, during hte month-long Gaza war. “President Cartes of Paraguay took a brave stand by refusing to sign the harmful and unbalanced resolution on the Israel-Hamas conflict offered by the other Mercosur nations. We thank him for insisting on fairness, which this declaration lacked.”

Also attending Tuesday’s meeting with Cartes were Saul Gilvich of Uruguay, the Secretary General of the Latin Jewish Congress; Jack Fleishman, president of the Jewish Community of Paraguay; as well as other Jewish leaders and Paraguayan officials.

The award was established to recognize individuals or organizations who seek peace. Other Latin American presidents that have received the award include Michelle Bachelet of Chile in 2008 and Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in 2012.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.