Kushner’s deals in the Middle East won him the approval of a pro-Israel lawyer, while Abrams was recognized for his voter registration.
Former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Georgian politician and voter suppression advocate Stacey Abrams have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Kushner and former Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz were appointed on Sunday by lawyer Alan Dershowitz for their role in negotiating four standardization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
These covenants are known as the “Abrahamic Accords” and, in some cases, such as with the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, formalize existing relations, observers say. They paved the way for a big arms contract with the United Arab Emirates, which has come under heavy criticism from lawmakers.
Trump himself is nominated for the Peace Prize. President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to review all national security deals made under the Trump administration, including arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Abrams’ work has been credited with increasing voter turnout last year and helping Biden win the U.S. presidency.
“Abrams’ work follows in the footsteps of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” said Lars Haltbrekken, Socialist Party member in the Norwegian parliament, announcing his appointment.
Blacks in the United States have long faced hurdles at the ballot box, but Abrams’ group Fair Fight worked to register thousands and raised $ 100 million after failing to run for Georgia presidency. in 2018.
Abrams has claimed she lost the election due to voter suppression and is expected to start another race in 2022. Her work has inspired rival Republican strategists to organize against her efforts.
Republicans aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have announced the creation of a group called “Stop Stacey” to investigate Abrams’ “shady” voter registration efforts.
Group chief strategist Jeremy Brand said in a statement: “We will do whatever it takes to expose Stacey Abrams’ radical network, highlight her dangerous agenda and ultimately defeat her – and her leftist candidates. – at the polls. “
Other nominees this year include Russian dissident Alexey Navalny, the World Health Organization and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The American Black Lives Matter movement, as well as Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, and WikiLeaks, were also named, as were Belarusian democracy and civil rights activists in Poland. and in Hungary.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides who wins the prize, does not comment on the nominations, but nominees can choose to reveal their choices.