The Jerusalem Prize

The 2013 recipient of the internationally recognized Jerusalem Prize is Antonio Muñoz Molina.

The Jerusalem Prize is the cultural highlight of the Jerusalem International Book Fair. The Prize is awarded to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of the ''freedom of the individual in society.'' The theme was chosen both for its wider international appeal and for its internal Israeli resonance. The modest monetary value of the Prize, currently US $10,000, reflects that it was never intended to be anything more than a symbolic sum.

The Prize Laureates:

1963      Bertrand Russell
Jury: Prof. Samuel Hugo Bergman
Hayyim Hazaz
Prof. Shlomo Halkin

1964 Max Frisch
Jury: Prof. R. J. Z. Werblowsky
Prof. Leah Goldberg
Prof. Nathan Rotenstreich

1967 André Schwarz-Bart
Jury: Max Brod
Avraham Shlonsky
Prof. Claude Vigée

1969 Ignazio Silone
Jury: Dr. Shlomo Avineri
Haim Gouri
Ezra Sussman


1971 Jorge Luis Borges
Jury: Prof. Jacob Talmon
Prof. R. J. Z. Werblowsky
Prof. Arieh Sachs


1973 Eugene Ionesco
Jury: Prof. Gershon Shaked
Prof. Yigael Yadin
Amos Oz


1975 Simone de Beauvoir
Jury: Justice Haim Cohen
Prof. Alice Shalvi
Dr. Dan Pagis

1977 Octavio Paz
Jury: Avraham Harman
Yehuda Amichai
Mordechai Bar-On

1979 Sir Isaiah Berlin
Jury: Justice Moshe Landau
Prof. Dorothea Crook
Benjamin Tammuz


1981 Graham Green
Jury: Prof. Gershon Shaked
Justice Zvi Terlo
Dr. Dan Laor

1983 V. S. Naipaul
Jury: Prof. Ephraim Katzir
Prof. Yeremiahu Yovel
A. B. Yeshoshua

1985 Milan Kundera
Jury: Prof. natan Rotenstreich
Prof. Shaul Friedlander
T. Carmi

1987 J. M. Coetsee
Jury: Prof. Shlomo Avineri
Amos Elon
Yehuda Amichai

1989 Ernesto Sabato
Jury: Abba Eban
Prof. Shimon Zandbank
Aharon Appelfeld

1991 Zbiegniew Herbert
Jury: Prof. Saul Friedlander
Prof. Alice Shalvi
Prof. Menahem Brinker

1993 Stefan Heym
Jury: Prof. Shlomo Avineri
Nathan Shaham
Dr. Lena Shiloni

1995 Mario Vargas Llosa
Jury: Chaim Herzog
Prof. Shlomit Rimon-Kenan
Prof. Ozer Schild

1997 Jorge Sémprún
Jury: Prof. R Zvi Jabetz
Prof. Zephyra Porat
Amos Elon

1999 Don DeLillo
Jury: Justice Meir Shamgar
Michal Govrin
Dan Tsalka

2001 Susan Sontag
Jury: Shimon Peres
Prof. Lena Shiloni
Prof. Shimon Zandbank

2003 Arthur Miller
Jury: Prof. Avishay Braverman
Prof. Dvora Gilula
Aharon Appelfeld

2005 Antonio Lobo Antunes
Jury: Dan Meridor
Prof. Ziva Ben Porat
Prof. Haim Bar

2007 Leszek Kolakowski
Jury: Prof. Shlomo Avner
Prof. Menahem Brinker
Dr. Michal Govrin

2009 Haruki Murakami
Jury: Dov Alfon
Prof. Dwora Gilula
Etgar Keret

2011 Ian McEwan
Jury: Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson
Aharon Appelfeld
Prof. Michal Govrin

2013 Antonio Muñoz Molina
Jury: Justice (ret.) Dalia Dorner
Zeruya Shalev
Dr. Aminadav Dykman
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