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We will continue resisting the occupation!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

In the past days, we’ve been witnessing a new attempt to narrow the

activity of civil society and prevent us from working for human rights, justice and equality. Governmental bodies and their supporters are trying to silence us through legislation, media spins and demonizing us among the public.

You will not silence us and you will not stop us from doing our work- neither by your silencing laws, nor with your blacklists! Neither by your efforts to smear us, nor BY any of your other methods! 

They are trying to break the movement against the occupation and de-legitimize anyone who’s active for human rights. Now is the time to unite and work together against the silencing machine, and for ending the occupation and all oppression.

We are here to stay, we will continue working here, we will continue to resist any kind of injustice and work for human rights and women’s rights, we will continue to fight against the occupation and for a just society!

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STOP Administrative detention – Release Administrative women detainees NOW

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli occupation authorities  to hold prisoners for extended periods of time on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Administrative detention is used almost exclusively to detain Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which includes the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

We Coalition of Women for Peace and Women’s Organization for Political Prisoners are on a campaign to release Administrative women detainees and Administrative detainees in general. The detainees are women and mothers who have been separated from their families and whose dreams have been stolen from them… Lets support them! Join our campaign and share their profiles to as many people as possible.

Women’s Organization for Political Prisoners (WOFPP) is a group of women united in their opposition to the Israeli occupation. WOFPP’s aim is to support women political prisoners and to promote the release of all political prisoners who have struggled, or are accused of having struggled, against the Israeli occupation and are held in Israeli jails.

Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) is a feminist organization active in the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine, for the liberation of the Palestinian people from oppression, for the creation of a society based on principles of justice and equality. CWP brings together women from a wide variety of identities and groups, and initiates public campaigns and outreach programs, working to develop and integrate a feminist discourse on all levels of society.

Gaza is calling on YOU. Hiba Al Danf

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

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.

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

Coalition of Women for Peace call for action for Palestinian prisoners in hunger strike

Monday, May 1st, 2017

On the 18th day of the ‘dignity strike’, a hunger strike of 1500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, the Israeli Prison Service continues to employ arbitrary methods to subdue them: After prisoners refused to drink water, their health is deteriorating and they were put into solitary confinement.

Currently there are 6300 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 500 administrative detainees, 300 children and 61 women, 70 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, 480 prisoners from Jerusalem and 330 prisoners from Gaza, as well as 13 members of the Palestinian legislative council.

The main demands of the prisoners refer to an end to administration detention of 500 administrative detainees; an end to the policy of solitary confinement; improvements in visitation rights; an end to medical negligence; the release of prisoners with special needs and terminal diseases; an increase in the number of visitations and phone calls with family members; and an improvement in the living conditions of the political prisoners according to international humanitarian standards.

We, as the Coalition of Women for Peace, see this treatment of prisoners as yet another layer in the policies of oppression, violence and occupation of the Israeli authorities against the Palestinian people. The prisoners demand basic humanitarian rights and appropriate conditions in accordance with international law. Now on the 18th day of the hunger strike, intervention is a necessity. We call on the Embassies located in Israel to promote the prisoners’ demands and pressure the Israeli government to fulfill its commitments under international law.

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.

The gendered aspect of Israeli checkpoints in the OPT- Position paper

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Who Profits Research Center and the Coalition of Women for Peace have joined together to publish this up-to-date position paper on Palestinian women’s struggle against the Israeli control of population, manifested in the
checkpoint industry

PDF file of the Gendered aspect of the checkpoints

The position paper sheds light on both government and corporate practices and their repercussions on the ground
This will also be reflected through recent testimonies of Palestinian women confronting checkpoints on a day-to-day basis

While many Civil Society Organizations have been addressing the political context that governs women’s lives
under occupation, the economic factors that engineer the political system and perpetuate the power relations at hand are still in need of greater attention
The Israeli checkpoints, as military structures, have been a symbol of the Israeli control of the Palestinian population. Yet, underneath these structures lies an economic infrastructure generated by corporate profit. The vast checkpoints industry includes the construction of checkpoints, security personnel and equipment provided by Israeli and international companies

The position paper address the checkpoint industry in the occupied West Bank as a case study of the integral part played by corporate stakeholders in oppressing Palestinian population and women specifically

“Testimonies: Women Under Occupation”

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Coalition of Women for Peace is marking our  15th anniversary by screening testimonies collected especially for this event: women from Susiya and the Jordan Valley talking about their daily reality of living under Israeli occupation

Facebook event

Also on the agenda: a photo exhibition and a panel discussion on human rights violations and the lives of Palestinian women under occupation

Together, we will mark years of activism and partnerships in the struggle against the occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people. We will take a closer look at the complexities and vulnerabilities of the lives of Palestinian women under occupation. And together, we will think about ways and activities to change the reality of occupation and transform the current political discourse that ensures Israel’s impunity from international law.

Sunday, November 29, at 17:00 at the Arab-Jewish Theater, 10 Mifratz Shlomo, Tel Aviv-Yaffa

17:00-17:30 Gathering

17:30-18:00 Opening speech

18:00-18:45 Screening of testimonials of Palestinian Women

19:00-20:00 Panel with: Nisreen Al-Ayan, advocate with ACRI, on the violation of women’s rights in East Jerusalem; Maysoon Badawi, field researcher with Yesh Din, on trends in human rights violations; and Rajaa Natour, CWP, on the vulnerability of women under occupation

Moderation: Jessica Nevo, CWP

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Ten years to the Palestinian call for BDS, One year to the attack on Gaza

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

The BDS movement and its supporters in Israel have been subject in the past few years to increasingly more blatant and institutional forms of silencing and public demonization. First flagged by the extreme right, support for BDS is now restricted by law, through the anti-boycott legislation (July 2011). In April 2015 this anti-democratic law won the stamp of legitimacy from the Israeli High Court of Justice. Most recently the issue has been taken up by public figures, politicians and the Israeli media in an orchestrated campaign to turn the BDS movement and its supporters into the enemies of the state and a “strategic threat.”

In the shadow of this inflammatory rhetoric and institutional incitement, we must defend the legitimacy of positions critical of the Israeli government policies of brutal occupation and apartheid. We at the Coalition of Women for Peace support and defend the rights of Palestinians to live in freedom and in dignity. We support their legitimate struggle to put an end to the Israeli occupation and ongoing oppression, and we support the call for cultural and economic boycott, divestment and international sanctions to increase pressure on Israel from the international community. This form of civil resistance is recognized as a legitimate tool within Non-Violent struggles all over the world and is particularly effective against Israel that systematically violates international norms. It is our civilian duty to resist the disenfranchisement of the Palestinian people, the political imprisonment of hundreds including children and minors, egregious military violence, land grab, and economic profiteering from the occupation.

We therefore call upon organizations who are active in the struggle against the occupation, and particularly the feminist movements in Israel, to actively defy any anti-democratic law aimed to restrict our activities and silence our protest, to stand up clearly in support of the Palestinians, and to use any legitimate tool to continue the struggle against Israeli policies and for human rights. It is of vital importance that we, activists from Israel/Palestine, join campaigns in the international arena to discourage international support and diplomatic backing for Israel’s policies. We call upon activists in Israel and all over the world to use effective means and pressure governments and the business community in order to stop their complicity with the occupation and bring about change in the status quo.

A two-day conference dealing with nonviolent struggles

Friday, December 12th, 2014

14.12-15.12.2014

The Coalition of Women for Peace cordially invites you to

A two-day conference of lectures, discussions, workshops and movies dealing with nonviolent struggles

Link to the website
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Sunday, 14.12.2014
16.00-16.30: Reception, Coffee and Cake
16.30-16.40: Welcome and Introduction, Coalition of Women for Peace
16.40-17.40: Are you listening now? Resistance and Public Attention (Panel)
Facilitator: Hedva Isachar 
Speakers: Nadim Omar, Najwan Berekdar, Mahmoud 
Zwahre (pre-taped),Abeer Baker

(Rae Abileah (USA.

17.45 -18.45 Key Note
Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution, USA

18.45-19.45: Dinner 

19.45- 20.45: Loyalties and Solidarity (Short Lectures) 
Facilitator: Sahar Shehade 
Speakers: Adnan Hasanbegovic (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Azzeez Al-Turi, Aya Shoshan, Sapir Sluzker-Amran

20.45-21.00: Break

21.00-22.30: Workshops (early registration required!) 

I.) Hope Chigudu (Zimbabwe): What’s the Point of the Revolution if We can’t Dance? 

II.) Dalit Baum (USA): Multinationals, Money and Us: Nonviolence and Economic Activism

21.00-22.30: Documentations, Resistance, Movies and Memories (Mini Movie Marathon and Debate) 
Facilitator: Osnat Trabelsi

Issa Amro, Ahmad Amro, Aya Zamir, Adnan Hasanbegovic (Bosnia and Hercegovina) 


Monday, 15.12.2014:

16.00-16.30: Registration, Coffee and Cake
16.30-16.45: Welcome and Introduction, Coalition of Women for Peace
16.45-18.30: Is a Nonviolent Struggle necessarily a Feminist Struggle? (Short Lectures and Q&A)
Facilitator: Makbula Nassar 
Speakers: Dalit Baum (USA),Rfaa Anabtawe, Nabila Espanioly, Hope Chigudu (Zimbabwe)


18.30-19.30: Dinner
19:30-21:45

 Media – a Tool for Change or an Obstacle to Protests Panel and Discussion
Facilitator: Orly Noy

Speakers: Shireen Younis, Prof. Amit Schejter,Yaser Elaoqbe, Elinor Davidov, Liat Schlesinger

21.45-22.00 closing Words, Coaliiton of women for peace

For further information please write us

cwp@coalititonofwomen.org


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