In recognition of his journalist work, Front Line Defenders named David Sheen a “Human Rights Defender” at its biennal conference, held this year in Dublin, Ireland on October 17-19.
At the 2017 Dublin Platform, Sheen gave this testimony about the work of human rights defenders in Israel:
Those who expose the racism animating the government’s policies, and who campaign for democratic alternatives, are labeled as traitors – or, if they’re Jewish, as race-traitors. We suffer attacks on our professional reputations, attacks on our financial sustainability, and attacks on our physical bodies. We are maligned and blacklisted, sued for libel in the courts and assaulted in the streets. Despite these dangers, we continue to blow the whistle on injustices we witness.
In receiving this honor, Sheen became the first person from Israel to be thus recognized in a decade.