Israeli women’s groups oppose war in Gaza


A Jewish-Arab peace song. Of course, lasting peace needs to be built on justice for all

A coalition of women’s groups in Israel has called for an end to the bombing and war in Gaza. The Coalition of Women for Peace “brings together independent women and 10 feminist peace organisations who work relentlessly for peace and justice. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Coalition today is a leading voice in the peace movement” in Israel.

Women’s organisations declaration against the war in Gaza

We women’s peace organizations from a broad spectrum of political views demand an end to the bombing and other tools of death, and call for the immediate start of deliberations to talk peace and not make war. The dance of death and destruction must come to an end. We demand that war no longer be an option, nor violence a strategy, nor killing an alternative. The society we want is one in which every individual can lead a life of security – personal, economic, and social.

It is clear that the highest price is paid by women and others from the periphery – geographic, economic, ethnic, social, and cultural – who now, as always, are excluded from the public eye and dominant discourse.

The time for women is now. We demand that words and actions be conducted in another language.

Ahoti: For Women in Israel

Anuar: Jewish and Arab Women Leadership

ASWAT- Palestinian Gay Women

Artemis: Economic Society for Women

Bat Shalom

Coalition of Women for Peace

Economic Empowerment for Women

Feminancy: College for Women’s Empowerment

Feminist Activist Group – Jerusalem

Feminist Activist Group – Tel Aviv

International Women’s Commission: Israeli Branch

Isha L’Isha: Haifa Feminist Center

Itach: Women Lawyers for Social Justice

Kol Ha-Isha: Jerusalem Women’s Center

Mahut Center: Information, Training, and Employment for Women

Shin Movement: Equal Representation for Women

Supportive Community: Women’s Business Development Center

Tandi – Movement of Democratic Women

Tmura: The Israeli Antidiscrimination Legal Center

University against Harassment – Tel Aviv

Women and their Bodies

Women’s Parliament

Women’s Spirit: Financial Independence for Women Victims of Violence

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12 Jan 2009 12.56am

“If they don’t pick up some diplomatic skills soon one day God is going to take away their ability to speak.” – drachen

Even better then. No need to talk.

11 Jan 2009 11.59pm

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11 Jan 2009 8.41pm

Remember the Parable of the Talents? Right now the Israelis are much better at talking with their guns than with their mouths. If they don’t pick up some diplomatic skills soon one day God is going to take away their ability to speak. Christians believe this, don’t they? 🙂

11 Jan 2009 7.07pm

Women in Arab countries have been demanding equal rights with the male counterparts for a long time now. Nothing much has progressed in their favour.

I doubt whether the above sincere and highly praised effort would bear any fruit.