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Free Gaza!

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Last night, (70th of the fall of Haifa), we illuminated Haifa for Gaza, and to express solidarity with the tragedy of the residents of Gaza and to call for an end to the siege and the occupation!

For several weeks demonstration in Gaza met by extreme brutality and violence resulting in casualties and many wounded protesters. Every week since the Great Return March started, Israel has placed troops along border with Gaza with the stated intention to shoot to kill Palestinians demonstrating. So far 37? Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,500 injured with live ammunition.

For as long as the siege continues, for as long as the occupation continues, we will continue resisting the oppression and violence, and call for liberation!

Free Gaza!

 

WHY TODAY? WHY SUPPORT WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A personal letter for you!

As you may well know the situation in Israel/Palestine is deteriorating daily, and there is growing political hostility against anyone who challenges the government’s policies and the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

New laws, such as the NGO Transparency Law, and especially the demonization and chilling effects surrounding themdirectly affect the CWP bystrictly limiting our ability to raise funds, thus harming ourability to operate. Other legislative and law enforcement measures create a hostile environment in which we are constantly forced to defend our legitimacy and give voice to human rights and their defenders. State repression focuses especially on Palestinian women/human right defenders who are subject to arbitrary arrests, and whose family members are often detained as collective punishment. Right- wing extremist groups – backed by the Israeli government – initiate smear campaigns, insinuating that human rights groups, such as CWP, are “foreign” and “traitors”.

This year, 2017, marks 50 years of the Israeli occupation. Time is running out for sustainable change towards a just solution – so let’s join forces. CWP needs continuing support, which is crucial for the continuation of our mutual work.

DONATE NOW AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE          

You are welcome to visite CWP Activity Center and invite us for a speaking tour/lecture, please contact  us at cwpfundraising@coalitionofwomen.org +972-50-9321590

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Testimonials of Women Human Rights Defenders Resisting the
Israeli Occupation

WHRD-english–web

Women Human Rights Defenders Speak Out

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

EU Must Act to Prevent the Further Closing of Civil Society Space in Israel

March 2017

UN Human Rights Experts: “Every day, more women identify themselves as human rights defenders and undertake individually and collectively actions in pursuit of justice, equality, peace, and human rights for all.”

In the run-up to the EU-Israel Association Council meeting, the undersigned Palestinian and Israeli women’s rights and human rights organizations based in Israel call on the European Union (EU) and the EU Member States to take urgent actions to prevent the further closing of space for civil society in Israel.

The EU has long recognized the importance of an empowered civil society to protect and to promote human dignity, freedom, equality, the rule of law and human rights.  These principles, in turn, are essential to the goals of international peace, security, cooperation and stability.  Indeed, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms are the very values said to underlie EU-Israel relations and to guide the EU’s actions on the international scene.

Yet in Israel today, human rights organizations and civil society groups more broadly face growing limitations on their freedom of association and expression, and funding. Human rights defenders – men and women alike – work within an increasingly hostile environment in which their work is routinely de-legitimized by the Israeli government, right-wing organizations, and even the Israeli public. Key aspects that clearly show a significant closing of the space include: (I) An Adverse Legal Environment; (II) A Crackdown on Freedom of Expression: Policy and Practice; and (III) Constraints on Participation in Public Life and Funding.

These trends represent a threat not only to the activities and influence of HR and CSOs in Israel, but also to their very existence. In the context of these worrying developments, the EU is planning to convene the first EU-Israel Association Council meeting since 2012, and considering ways of strengthening its bilateral relations with the State.

In line with commitments made in the 2015 EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy and the 2008 EU Human Rights Defenders Guidelines, as well as other UN declarations and EU instruments, the undersigned organizations call on the EU and its Member States to:

  • Refrain from any form of upgrade or enhancement of EU-Israel relations in the current context and ensure that respect for human rights and democracy remains a central component in the elaboration of the EU-Israel Partnership Priorities.
  • Monitor the implementation of Israeli legislation (e.g., the “NGO Transparency Law”; the “Anti-Terror Law”, “Expulsion of Members of Knesset Law”, among others) and their effect on HRDs and WHRDs, and take a strong, public position against proposed bills that violate the rights of freedom of expression, opinion, assembly and association. Urge the Israeli

government to repeal all laws/articles that violate these rights, and to cease the further introduction and enactment of legislation aimed at limiting the space of civil society.

  • Urge Israeli government officials to refrain from issuing or supporting threats and/or attacks against HRDs, including WHRDs. Condemn all threats and attacks, including “smear campaigns” by non-state actors, against HRDs and WHRDs, through public statements and demarches, and call for the prompt and thorough investigation of all such cases backed by criminal charges, where appropriate.
  • Increase the EU’s visible engagement with women’s rights and HR organizations by convening regular and high-level meetings with them and affected individuals by inviting them to public events.
  • Urge Israel to fulfill its commitments, step up its implementation, and withdraw its reservations to the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women ahead of the 2017 UN CEDAW review of Israel.
  • Ensure that funding remains available and is even increased for women’s rights and human rights organizations in Israel, especially those groups fighting against discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel (women and men) and the Occupation. Both long-term core support and emergency assistance is needed as these groups and activists increasingly face de-legitimization campaigns, security risks and other obstacles in conducting their human rights work.

BACKGROUND

Three key areas clearly show a significant closing of the space in Israel as follows: (I) An Adverse Legal Environment; (II) A Crackdown on Freedom of Expression: Policy and Practice; and (III) Constraints on Participation in Public Life and Funding. These issues are discussed in detail below.

  1. AN ADVERSE LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

During the past year, the Israeli Knesset has continued to enact discriminatory and anti-democratic laws restricting freedom of expression, opinion, assembly and association, many with a disparate impact on Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem. The legislation is having a negative impact on the work of HRDs and WHRDs.

Major new pieces of legislation in 2016 focus on counter-terror/national security, the most sweeping of which is the Anti-Terror Law (2016). This law substantially expands the scope of the Israeli penal law by incorporating severe provisions of the British Mandatory Defense Emergency Regulations 1945. The law contains broad and vague definitions of ‘terrorism’ and ‘terrorist organizations’, which may be exploited by the security services to criminalize legitimate political protest, and even humanitarian and cultural activities, against Israeli policies and the Occupation. In light of the draconian provisions of the law, and its possible great impact on stifling protest, human rights organizations will be closely monitoring its implementation on the ground over the coming months.

A new law that limits the operation and financing of human rights organizations is the NGO Foreign Funding Transparency Law (2016). This law requires NGOs registered in Israel that receive more than 50% of their annual budget from foreign governments(not private sources) to declare their

sources of funding in all publications, including letters to government and public officials, and in reports to the

registrar of Non-Profit Associations. As 25 of the 27 organizations that currently receive more than half their budget from foreign governments, including the EU and EU member states, are human rights

NGOs, it is clear that the law targeted these groups, including the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) a signatory of this statement. A major campaign against the NGO Law, including a critique by the EU and EU member states, led to some of its most egregious provisions being cut from the originally-tabled bill.  The law will go into effect on 1 January 2017.

A new, draconian restriction on the political participation rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel is the Expulsion of Members of Knesset Law (MKs) (2016). This law allows a majority of 90 MKs to oust a serving MK for the full period of the Knesset’s remaining term on the grounds of incitement to racism and/or support for armed struggle of an enemy state or a terrorist organization against Israel. The law would allow the Israeli Jewish majority in the Knesset to oust elected Arab MKs and political lists on the basis of purely political/ideological considerations, and presents a grave danger to the principle of separation of powers and the most basic civil rights in a democratic society: the right to vote and the right to be elected. While the law is against the representation of all Arab MKs, a particular target of the law is MK Haneen Zoabi, one of two Palestinian women citizens of Israel, serving in the Knesset, a member of the Tajammu’/Balad political party and the Joint List.

Previously enacted laws with a “chilling effect” on speech include the Anti-Boycott Law (2011), which makes the public promotion of boycott by Israeli citizens and organizations against Israeli institutions and illegal settlements in the West Bank a “civil wrong” or an actionable tort. It enables parties targeted by boycotts to sue those who call for boycott. In 2012, a diverse group of HR organizations and political movements unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court against the Law, arguing that it violated the constitutional rights of freedom of expression, dignity and equality. One of the petitioning organizations was the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP), which used to promote an economic boycott as a legitimate, non-violent means to end the Occupation before the enactment of the law. The EU and more recently the Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden have reaffirmed that the right to boycott, advocate for change, express non-violent opinions and similar activities are protected by the rights of freedom of expression and assembly.

Further, the Nakba Law (2011) authorizes the Finance Minister to cut state funding or support to an institution if it holds an activity that rejects the existence of Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state” or commemorates “Israel’s Independence Day or the day on which the state was established a day of mourning.” In 2012, the Israeli Supreme Court (SCT) ruled that the case was premature, as the law had not yet been used against any specific institution, and that, “The questions that this law raise will

only become clear with its implementation.“  The SCT’s ruling ignores the chilling effect that the mere existence of the law has particularly on Palestinian Arab citizens of the state.

As these laws illustrate, civil society space in Israel is under serious threat: for HR organizations; HRDs, including parliamentarians who are members of the Arab national minority in Israel; and for political activists opposed to discriminatory governmental policies and the Occupation.

2. CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION: POLICY AND PRACTICE

As is their right in a proclaimed democratic state that upholds the rule of law, demonstrators have taken to the streets throughout Israel and to social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to voice their dissent from government policies that harm the human rights of Palestinians. Women and girls are often well represented, including as leaders, among protestors on the street and online.

However, these political protestors are paying an increasingly high price for their human rights activism. A raft of law enforcement policies and practices are being followed by the state that breach the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as well as the due process rights of detained protestors. In the ongoing crackdown on protest, the authorities are being supported by a compliant justice system and State Attorney.

Recent demonstrations have included protests against: home demolitions and the Prawer Plan to dispossess and forcibly displace Palestinian Arab Bedouin citizens living in villages in the Naqab (Negev) desert, that were denied the state’s recognition; the 2014 War on Gaza; and police brutality against Palestinians including extrajudicial executions beginning in mid-September 2015.

The most serious illegal practices used by the police to suppress protests, based on the testimonies of demonstrators and detainees, include: dispersing the demonstrations illegally and arresting protestors; refusing to give authorization for protests, claiming threats to public order; declaring in advance that assemblies are illegal; imposing restrictive conditions, such as restraining orders and house arrest, to prevent demonstrations; summoning protestors for ‚talks‘ with the GSS/police; making illegal preventive arrests including those of family members of lead demonstrators; using excessive force and brutality against demonstrators; arresting protestors as groups, with the courts upholding “group detentions”; demanding lengthy times of pre-trial detention and house arrest; and failing to abide by special procedures that apply to children including conducting arrests and investigations during the late hours of the night, preventing children from meeting with a lawyer, and preventing parents from being present with their children during the investigation, as required by law. Importantly, Israeli Jewish protestors did not receive this treatment.

A significant number of women protestors, including minors, who have reported being subjected to some of these arbitrary and illegal practices during demonstrations and/or after arrest face additional oppressive tactics, including: being touched inappropriately in sensitive places; being subjected to gender-specific insults and sexual slurs; unsolicited comments on their appearance; improper bodily searches; sexual harassment and assaults in the investigation room, when women protestors are held

in a closed room with male officers; and being denied access to toilet facilities, showers, and hygiene supplies. In the case of Palestinian women citizens of Israel, several incidents have been recorded of police officers arresting the fathers of teenage female demonstrators in an attempt to pressure the young women to give up on their protest activities.  Likely due to these illegal practices and policies, in combination with various legal restrictions now in place, the Human Rights Defenders Fund see sa fallin protest activities during2016.

Facebook arrests

In addition to stifling street protests, the Israeli police continue to make “Facebook arrests” of Palestinian men and women for alleged instances of incitement to violence or racism made in social media posts, photographs and videos. These arrests and subsequent criminal charges are discriminatory, overwhelmingly targeting Palestinians: Jewish Israelis are almost never charged for their inflammatory speech on social media networks. According to Israeli police statistics 81% of arrests for incitement-related charges made in 2015 were of Palestinians citizens, and 82% in 2016. Around 400 “Facebook” arrests” have been made over the last two years, the vast majority against Palestinians, many of whom were engaging in legitimate political debates, including a client of Adalah who was arrested after he posted about his opposition to Israel’s recruitment of Christian Arab citizens to the Israeli army.  This kind of surveillance/arrest unlawfully restricts the freedom of expression of Palestinians and in general hinders the exercise of their civil and political rights. Its discriminatory nature is clear from the fact that 70% of the 175,000 recorded posts in Israel that specifically incited to violence on social networks between June 2015 and May 2016 were actually made by right-wing Israeli Jews against Arabs and left-wing Jews.

3. CONSTRAINTS ON PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC LIFE ANDFUNDING

Over the past few years, HR organizations in general, including women’s rights groups and WHRDs, have come under vitriolic attacks for their work, and particularly for raising human rights violations against Palestinians in international forums. Smear campaigns aimed at undermining and delegitimizing the role of women’s rights and HR organizations in Israel target organizations and individuals alike, in an attempt to discredit them locally and internationally, distance them from decision-making processes, and pose a real threat to their operations by targeting their donors at a time of global financial insecurity and significant cuts in the resources available to them.

Attacks by right-wing organizations

Right-wing groups claim that HR NGO engagement with international human rights mechanisms, including the UN, is by definition a form of de-legitimization of Israel by „foreign agents“ or „traitors“. Their politically-motivated attacks against the HR NGOs, many of which are personal in nature, mean that human rights defense increasingly comes with a high degree of personal risk, including for women. Right-wing organizations involved in smear campaigns against HR NGOs include the NGO Monitor, ImTirtzu, the Institute for Zionist Strategies, among others.

One of the first major smear campaigns was launched in 2010 by ImTirtzu and the NGO Monitor and consisted of a vilifying and personal attack on former MK Naomi Chazan of the New Israel Fund (NIF), a funder of HR and social change NGOs in Israel. The attack was launched in response to the cooperation of some HR organizations that receive NIF with the independent UN Fact-Finding (Goldstone) Mission on the Gaza Conflict of 2009. It included a nationwide billboard and newspaper campaign that depicted Chazan with a horn on her forehead in a dangerous show of demonization.

ImTirtzu recently ran a widely publicized smear campaign in which it described human rights groups as “foreign agents” . The group launched the campaign amid a wave of violence from mid-September 2015.In one incendiary video, the faces of four leading Israeli HRDs including a WHRD from the HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, appear with the following slogan superimposed over them: “While we fight terror, they fight us.” This kind of incitement against HRDs puts not only their work but also their personal safety at risk.

The so-called NGO Monitor is among the most vocal opponents of HR NGOs. The groups electively campaigns against HR NGOs, and directly targets their donors abroad. The Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP), Mossawa and Adalah are particular targets of the NGO Monitor, which has accused these groups  of „promoting global campaigns to de-legitimize Israel“ and engaging in „anti-Israel propaganda“ abroad.‘

The NGO Monitor, while portraying itself as a neutral watch dog, in fact issues biased reports revealing that it has a clear pro-Israel, right-wing political agenda and is far from being a balanced observer. For example, the NGO Monitor consistently over looks organizations that support West Bank settlers, and other right-wing groups.

While the claimed “objectivity” of the NGO Monitor has been successfully refuted to some extent, it continues to attempt to act as a constraining factor; it NGO Monitor routinely targets the EU and EU

Member State governments, as it actively lobbies governments and parliaments of EU member states to cease funding human rights and women’s rights organizations.

Notably, the NGO Monitor, which always deplores foreign influence on Israeli politics, is funded almost entirely by private American donors. According to the NGO Monitor’s website, it received a US $1 million grant from REPORT, which in turn received all of its funds from US donors, and its audited financial report for 2015 in English, lists only “Donations” and not the names of any its donors. Indeed, many right-wing settler organizations are heavily financed by foreign sources, most

significantly private American Jewish and Christian Zionist donors, a fact that clearly undermines their criticism of the foreign funding of HR and women’s rights organizations.

In addition to the hostility of the right-wing groups, a large percentage of the Israeli Jewish public wants the activities of human rights groups to be severely curtailed, while some have engaged in aggressive attacks against Palestinian Arab citizens of the state. Much of this latter behavior has been under taken with almost total impunity. Human rights and women’s rights organizations have reported both an escalation in violence (e.g., “price tag” attacks in mixed Jewish-Arab cities) and incitement to violence, particularly against Palestinian citizens of Israel. Much hostility and suspicion is expressed in person-to-person relations: against Palestinian women who are wearing veils or against people speaking Arabic; on buses and in shopping malls and hospitals; and in places of employment, particularly due times of increased violence.

Attacks by senior government ministers

The vocal, vicious and personal nature of this series of attacks on HR NGOs, HRDs and WHRDs, is due in significant part to the enabling environment that the Government of Israel, along with the Knesset has created. Senior members of the government, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have themselves launched similar attacks. In October 2016, Netanyahu attacked leading Israeli HR organization B’Tselem and its executive director Hagai El-Ad for allegedly joining the “chorus of slander” against Israel following a speech made by El-Ad before the UN Security Council during which he called for international intervention to end the Israeli Occupation.  Netanyahu called the organization “shoddy and unhinged”.

In 2015, then-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon attacked Breaking the Silence (BTS), which collects testimonies from soldiers of human rights abuses against Palestinians that they have witnessed, branded its members „traitors“ with „malicious motives“, and banned the organization from having contact with the Israeli military.  In March 2016,Ya’alon accused BTS of committing treason; several days later he backtracked on this claim but nonetheless made damaging accusations of security offenses against the group. Current Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also launched an incitement-attack on BTS, along with Adalah and Yesh Din, accusing the three NGOs of being “terror

groups and terror supporters” in 2011. Lieberman further promoted an abortive bill to establish committees of inquiry to probe the funding of the organizations.

In addition to senior members of the government emboldening right-wing groups to attack human rights and women’s right defenders, there is evidence to suggest direct links between these groups, including the NGO Monitor, and the government that dispel their claims of objective neutrality.

 

– END –

 

SIGNING ORGANIZATIONS

  • Achoti
  • Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
  • Al Tufula Pedagogical & Multipurpose Women’s Center
  • Al Zahara: Arab Women’s Organisation
  • AWC Arab Women in the Center
  • Coalition of Women for Peace
  • Gun Free Kitchen Tables
  • Isha L’Isha Haifa Feminist Centre
  • Kayan- Feminist Organisation
  • Montada Alginsanya: The Arab Forum for Sexuality Education and Health
  • Tandi: Movement of Democratic Women for Israel
  • Human Rights Defenders’ Fund (HRDF)
  • Women Against Violence

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.

Gaza is calling on YOU. Noor Swirki

Wednesday, May 31st, 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.

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

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.

Selection of Texts on Nonviolent Struggles

Monday, February 8th, 2016

On December 2014 CWP has organised “A whole in a Brickwall” conference on Non-Violent struggles and
strategies for change
This booklet with selection of texts from various struggles and georaphical areas is another way of sharing the

knowledge that was gathered in movements all over the world, including Israel-Palestine

Nonviolence and Nonviolent resistance are by themselves very broad concepts and their various interpretations and manifestations are even broader and more diverse. We do not attempt providing in-depth explanations or discussing all the complexities and dilemmas regarding the struggles and their modes of operation. Instead, we chose to present several essential points and to describe several incidents and struggles from different places in the world that we can use for learning and drawing inspiration

Over the years, notions of nonviolent resistance have attracted considerable criticism. One of the major examples is the criticism voiced by Malcolm X against the approach identified with Martin Luther King Jr. Several questions and criticism have been raised also in the recent times, in the course of demonstrations and consolidation of protest movements worldwide, and in the struggle against the occupation.
It is important to remember that nonviolent struggle is not homogenous or dichotomic, it is not divided only into supporters and opponents. Rather it raises various issues and dilemmas, several of which are presented in this publication

You can read and download the full version – Hole In a Brickwall- Nonviolent struggles

Activestills and Coalition of Women for Peace 2006-2015 photo exhibition

Monday, January 25th, 2016


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