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Statement by Israeli Women’s Organizations - Yvonne Deutsch and Gila Svirsky

Wednesday 31 December 2008, by siawi

Original Message -----

From: Yvonne Deutsch

Dear sisters and friends

The women’s peace movement as well as the left in Israel is protesting the war each and everyday since it began. They do not get enough media coverage.

At the same time women’s organizations came together to protest war as a legitimate means of solving conflicts. I am sending you the message they agreed upon.

On Friday we are going to have a women’s demonstration opposing the war.

Happy new year. May we see the abolishment of wars and destruction. May we see transformation to human leaderships and societies that respect human life and seeks to nourish life and prosperity for all.

love and peace



From: gila svirsky
- Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 3:50 PM

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
- 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
- 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