"As long as we appear in the Square, we carry a promise of change," Judith Warschawski - 24 years
on the Jerusalem vigil of Women in Black. Week after Week We Demand: End the Occupation!
"On Friday, July 23rd, a dozen Jewish women, a dozen Palestinian women, one baby, and three
Palestinian children took a trip from the West Bank in six private cars." We Do Not Obey: Women in the Footsteps of Ilana Hammerman.
human rights activist is killed like a dog, executed, dumped and humiliated," by Jasmina Tesanovic.
In the week that Natalya Estemirova
was murdered in Chechnya, a dwindling but determined group of women vows to preserve her legacy, no matter the danger. Natasha's Heirs by Miriam Elder and Adrian Blomfield.
"The truth is that we are a state trapped
in militarized patterns of action, a society addicted to militarized mindsets and the use of force." Criminalizing Dissent (For a Change) by Rela Mazali, New Profile
"...because what is at stake
are the lives of Israeli youth against whom the state is waging this war." Israel's War Against Youth by Rela Mazali.
"Though Israeli law offers virtually no legal provision for Conscientious
Objection, young people have found their own way to vote with their feet." New Profile Under Investigation by Rela Mazali and Ruth Hiller.
"My heart has been broken so many times,
writes Alice Walker somewhere, that it feels like an open suitcase with the wind blowing through it…" Shiv'a in Gaza by Deb Reich.
"The refusal to recognise our existence has served the
propaganda machine of Israel well, especially in times of war...There is a growing number of people ready to be considered
'traitors'." The Israeli Resistance by Hannah Safran.
"Even if Livni will not become prime minister, the 2009 elections proved
that the combination of women and peace is a winning one; that male and female voters alike wanted a woman to take the reigns..."
The Failure of the (Male) Left by Daphna Golan-Agnon.
Anti-war Statement by 21 Israeli women's organizations during the Gaza War
in December-January 2008-09.
All were 18 when they made the hard choice: Say no to war and
occupation, or say yes to prison. Meet some of the "shministim" - Israeli high school seniors who are willing to
sit in prison for their beliefs. Women Who Refuse
"The state of Israel condemns and vilifies the voice of the
Jewish mother, which is the voice of compassion, tolerance, and dialogue. The state of Israel does all it can to ensure that
this voice will be muted and silenced forever." from In the State of Israel, the Jewish Mother is Disappearing by Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
"The military is present in the Israeli formal educational system, inside many families, and in the culture
in general, on many levels. The militarization of kindergarten education can serve as a good case to demonstrate our point
here." Militarism and Conscientious Objection
in Israel by Ruth Hiller and Sergeiy Sandler.
windowsills were full of plants thriving from good care. We sat across from each other and she sipped her coffee in between
answers to my questions." Chapter 8 from Lucille Sherlick's Ph.D. dissertation, Israeli Women's Voices.
"The day of Jess’s conversion was also the day that
Israel began its pitiless bombing of Lebanon and nearly three weeks into Israel’s violent assault on Gaza." From
A Jewish Plea by Sara Roy.
"I am Jewish, Israeli, married, the mother of three sons, secular by choice, and a feminist peace activist
out of conviction. I am a computer systems analyst, and live in Jerusalem." The Life of an Israeli Woman in a Culture
of War by Nava Elyashar.
After months of being away, speaking abroad about the demonstrations against the wall and their importance,
showing pictures of the demonstrators' creativity and courage, the army's brutality, suddenly I did not really want
to be there." Back to Bil'in by Dalit Baum.
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend: Fundamentalist Non State Actors, Democracy and Human Rights by Marieme Helie Lucas.
"When half the population is not represented at the table where the fate of humanity is at stake, we cannot
expect to sustain peace agreements..." Women, Peace, and Stability by Cora Weiss.
"I am working for the day when
millions of people will show up and dismantle the checkpoints with their own hands and that’s that, finished..."
on Founding MachsomWatch by Yehudit Kirstein-Keshet.
"I would like to dedicate these words to all the
Palestinian boys and girls, and to all the Lebanese boys and girls, and to all the Iraqi boys and girls who have been massacred
by mind-infected Israeli and American soldier boys, and who have recently joined my own little girl in the underground kingdom
of dead children, which is growing under our feet as I speak." Education or Mind Infection by Nurit Peled-Elhanan.
"Israelis live today with a sense
of failure. They search for the source of the "lapse" (mekhdal) – a term much used to describe the disaster
of October 1973 (the "Yom Kippur War")." The First Post-Zionist War by Roni Ben Efrat.
An Israeli recently arrives at London's Heathrow airport.
As he fills out a form, the customs officer asks him: "Occupation?"
"No," the Israeli promptly replies: "just visiting."