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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

A Hole In The Brick Wall” Conference in the Media”

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

In December 2014, CWP organized a 2 days conference on Non Violent Struggles.
For more information about the conference  Click Here

Below is a collection of articles from the media and interviews with local and international participants in the conference.

An Article about the conference – PDF file

An interview with Reem Amer General Co-coordinator,CWP – PDF file – English

An interview with Maayan Dak General Co-coordinator,CWP – PDF file – English

An interview with Jamila Raqib Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution – PDF file – English

An interview with  Adnan Hasanbegovic (Bosnia and Hercegovina) – PDF file – English

An interview with Rae Abileah (USA)

An interview with Hope Chigudu (Zimbabwe)

An interview with Nadim Omar – PDF file – English

An article by Rae Abileah What does Beautiful Trouble have to do with feminism and nonviolence

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.

CWP Briefing April 2015 High Court ruling on the anti-boycott law

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

CWP Briefing April 2015

High Court ruling on the anti-boycott law:

No checks on Netanyahu’s coalition anti-democratic legislation

The Coalition of Women for Peace was a party to a petition against the Israeli anti-boycott law, working jointly with Adalah and The Association for Civil Rights in Israel. On Wednesday April 15 the Israeli High Court ruling left the legislation more or less intact. The only exception was to disqualify one item, that enabled anyone to sue for boycott related damages “without proof.”

The anti-boycott bill is one of a host of racist and anti-democratic legislation aimed at silencing opposition and curtailing the rights of the Palestinian minority. CWP wishes to affirm once again that boycott is a worldwide recognized and legitimate nonviolent tool in struggles for social and political change. The Israeli court failed to protect the right of citizens to voice criticism of government policies. We will not be deterred from exposing and bringing to public discussion the economic interests driving the occupation. We will continue resisting the occupation using all legitimate, nonviolent means.

With the absence of legal checks on political persecution in Israel, Netanyahu’s shocking comments on election day conveying racism and intolerance of dissent will without a doubt be written into law in the coming Knesset. The High Court decision failed to identify this grave danger. It gives a green light to anti-democratic legislation such as the Nationality bill that seeks to anchor Israel’s Jewishness in legislation; green light to instituting a death penalty for Palestinians accused of terrorism; green light to banning leftie organizations from receiving donations, effectively shutting them down.

Such bills are already a negotiating chip in the process of coalition formation. One of them even targets the authority of the legislative branch itself by proposing to prevent the High Court from intervening in Knesset and Central Election Committee decisions.

In light of the court ruling, CWP calls upon the international community to:

• Condemn the attack on Israeli civil society and freedom of expression
• Affirm that the banning of any call for boycott used as a tool in the struggle against occupation is anti-democratic.
• Condemn Israel’s impunity as a so-called democracy despite its apparent disrespect of fundamental civil and human rights.


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