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Women Beyond the Siege – Ola Amer Al- Jup

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Women Beyond the Siege – Hiba Al-Danf

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Women Beyond the Siege – Noor Swirki

Monday, July 31st, 2017

INsecurity | The Military Industries Shadow Conference

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

We are excited to invite you to “INsecurity | The Military Industries Shadow Conference” that will be held on Wednesday June 7th in Dobnov Gallery Tel Aviv between 10:00-18:00.

INsecurity is an alternative to ISDEF arms expo held during the same time in Tel Aviv Convention Center. The arms expo will host representatives from all over the world, eager to hear about the Israeli military industries, about asymmetrical warfare and killing technologies; about how Israeli law enforcement methods maintain authority and order; and about their export of arms to conflict zones without actual supervision.

In “INsecurity | The Military Industries Shadow Conference” we will speak about our feminist and civil notions of security. We will learn from local activists and from distant conflict zones about the devastating impact of Israeli military industries. We will raise questions regarding their true human price and about profits from the occupation and fighting.

Among the Speakers:  Adv. Eitay Mack, activist working to expose the Israeli arms export * Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Secretary General of Control Arms Foundation of India * Terry Crawford-Browne, a former investment banker who worked to implement the financial sanctions on Apartheid South Africa and a corruption and arms deals exposing activist * Activists from protest movements in Colombia, Black Lives Matter in the US, UK, Argentina, Bosnia and more.

Critical Feminist Perspectives on the Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike\ Reem Amer

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

On April 17th, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, 1500 Palestinian political prisoner launched a hunger strike.  Their demands include an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial. Rights that should be guaranteed by international humanitarian law. Of the 1,500 prisoners, four female prisoners are on hunger strike. The strikers have faced harsh repression by the prison service that includes preventing them from seeing their lawyers.

The hunger strike is the last resort to ensure their rights, and entails many risks, especially as we enter the fifth week of the strike at the time of publishing, where some of the prisoners have already been, and many more will be, transferred to the Israeli Prison Service hospitals.

As I said, the strike enters the fifth week, a crucial point in the struggle of the prisoners to claim their rights, so I expect the women’s groups and organizations, obligated to feminist principles of anti-oppression, resistance to restraints of freedom and striving for a just peace to support the prisoner and their families, including mothers, wives and daughters. It always is, and even more so now, crucial to call on the international community, international human rights organizations to apply pressure on the Israeli government to respond to the demands of the prisoners before it is too late. In addition, it is our in our power to carry out activities around the world to support Palestinian political prisoners.

*Reem Amer is a feminist political activist and the general co-coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace

The Case of Dareen Tatour – call for fund

Monday, May 1st, 2017

The Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, an Israeli citizen,  who is accused of “dangerous incitement”, has been incarcerated for over 18 months now. The flimsy evidence is a poem she wrote, translated incorrectly by a police officer, and a Facebook post quoting another Facebook post.

The targeting of this young woman, and the incredible assault the State of Israel is launching on her personal freedom, has become a symbol for the Israeli authorities’ campaign against freedom of speech and artistic expression, alarming many in Israel and all over the world. An unequivocal call by the International writers association PEN for her release last September was ignored.More Internatinal petition by Jewish Voice For Peace https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/dareen/ Ignored,

 After the first 12 months of her arrest (three months in different prisons, than draconian house arrest with no access to internet communications) the law firm of Advocate Gabi Lasky, a leading human rights campaigner, agreed to take over her defense. For more information about the case please read professor Kim Jensen’s recent article The trial continues: Dareen Tatour and the crime of posting while Arab. Also see  Free Dareen Tatour on Facebook.

Dareen’s next hearings are scheduled for March  27, 2017

 Legal costs are way beyond her family’s means. (They already paid for a year of unsuccessful litigation.) It is up to us, people alarmed and disgusted with the targeting and bullying of open-minded writers and political activists, to offer our support.

We must start an efficient fund raising effort to block the silencing of Dareen. A long and costly legal battle is expected. Unfortunately, in view of the ridiculously manufactured accusations, we cannot foresee a logical end to this absurd trial in the magistrate court with a clear-cut and just acquittal for Dareen. Israeli judges are no heroes. The government and Israel’s fanatic Jewish nationalistic public opinion constantly bully them. However, we must see this battle through the higher courts. Dareen Tatour’s voice, and ours, must be heard.

Our initial target for the fundraising is $25,000. :

Dareen Tatour Legal Aid | Generosity

https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/dareen-tatour-legal-aid–5/x/16345219

We appreciate your support.

For further information, please contact

Email bilhagolan@bezeqint.net

or

Email  ofra@Inc.co.il

Stop The Rioters!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

A protest tour from Kochav Hashahar settlement to the Baladim outpost calling for the dismantling of the settlements and outposts that are displacing the residents of the Jordan Valley from their lands.

Last week masked assailants from the Baladim outpost in the Jordan Valley attacked with sticks and stones Palestinian farmers working their lands, and Israeli activists who accompanied them. Read more about the attack here: https://972mag.com/settler-attack-showcases-impunity-of-jewish-extremists/126847/

This week we will go back there with a clear message: We will not give in to their violence, and will stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of the area struggling for their lands.

Register for transportation from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdk7MCDmnc-qdByDanMs4zWcrf2L9kXtwvE06HFVeFzBZ5Twg/viewform?c=0&w=1

António Guterres and Federica Mogherini: Women demand: End the Siege on Gaza TODAY!

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

UN and EU: it is in your hands!

  1. Include women and youth in all analysis and policy decisions related to Gaza.
  2. Ensure Israeli accountability for its human rights violations in Gaza.

Organizations and international institutions are warning that Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis[1] in spite of the humanitarian aid provided by the international community. Already now, Gaza is facing a water crisis, extreme pollution, electricity shortage, restricted access to health services and education as well as economic distress. All these hardships turn life into a daily struggle for survival for Gaza’s residents, both women and men. Amidst all this, women are dealing with a wide range of gender specific challenges[2]. This situation is the cumulative outcome of a decade-long siege on Gaza, in addition to the frequent military offensives on the strip every few years, and the failed attempts at reconstruction in-between these rounds.

The Gaza strip is under a high degree of effective control by Israel and is therefore under its occupation. Israel has repeatedly refused to fulfill its obligations under international law.

Therefore, we turn to the UN and EU, to hold Israel accountable and to ensure human rights for Gaza’s residents.

Link to the petition: https://goo.gl/JUjaqb

[1] https://goo.gl/tpN0fZ

[2] Ref: WOMEN BEYOND THE SIEGE: Collection of articles on womn in gaza, Coalition of Women for Peace, 2017.

Right wing attempts to silence the voices of Women from Gaza

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

On March 29th, The Coalition of Women for Peace is planning to hold a conference on women in Gaza, entitled “Women Beyond the Siege”. The conference will be held at Al-Saraya theatre in Jaffa, and will host a video conference with women in Gaza, as well as feminist activists from the local and international community.

Right wing activists, in cooperation with the ministry of Culture are trying to cancel the planned event. On March 22nd, Israeli news website NRG, published an item challenging the legitimacy of holding this event supposedly due to Coalition of Women for Peace’s political stance, and quoting Culture Ministry official saying that they plan to look into state funding to the theatre.

In recent years, the state of Israel has been passing legislation, advocating and acting publically in various ways against the civil society and against any criticism of the government and its policy, creating an atmosphere of intimidation, deterrence for resistance and limiting activists, organizations, and groups opposing the occupation and acting against human rights violations.

This is but one of many cases in which Human Rights Defenders, and specifically Women Human Rights Defenders have been persecuted and it is crucial to act for the rights of these women to express their political beliefs and be protected from persecution.

The invitation to “Women Beyond the Siege”, states “Organizations and international institutions are warning that Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. Already now, Gaza is facing a water crisis, extreme pollution, electricity shortage as well as economic distress. All these hardships turn life into a daily struggle for survival for Gaza’s residents, both women and men. This situation is the cumulative outcome of a decade-long siege on Gaza, in addition to the frequent military offensives on the strip every few years, and the attempts at reconstruction in-between these rounds. Amidst all this, women in Gaza are dealing with specific difficulties and challenges. But as already the situation in Gaza is rarely brought up, the situation of women is even less present in public debates.”

Indeed, it seems that Israeli officials are interested on keeping the voices of women in Gaza unheard and the effects of the siege not talked about in the public discourse.

The event will be held as planned, despite these attempt at silencing the women’s voices and we urge you to attend the event in support, and spread this message to help us let these voices be heard.

The event will take place on March 29th at 18:00, at Al-Saraya theatre in Jaffa.
Please contact cwp@coalitionofwomen.org for any further information.

WOMEN BEYOND THE SIEGE

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Organizations and international institutions are warning that Gaza is on the verge of a humanitarian crisis. Already now, Gaza is facing a water crisis, extreme pollution, electricity shortage as well as economic distress. All these hardships turn life into a daily struggle for survival for Gaza’s residents, both women and men. This situation is the cumulative outcome of a decade-long siege on Gaza, in addition to the frequent military offensives on the strip every few years, and the attempts at reconstruction in-between these rounds.

Amidst all this, women in Gaza are dealing with specific difficulties and challenges. But as already the situation in Gaza is rarely brought up, the situation of women is even less present in public debates. Precisely because of that, we ought to be all ears and listen to the calls coming from Gaza, to learn and to become active.

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We will be shedding light on these issues in our conference “WOMEN BEYOND THE SIEGE”.

Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 6 pm to 8 pm at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre ‘Al Saraya’, Mifratz Shlomo Promenade 10, Jaffa.

We will also be launching a campaign relating to the conference, raising awareness for the situation of women in Gaza. We would appreciate you taking part.


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