Saturday, July 9th, 2016
Yedioth Ahronoth’ daily, one of the most important and widely-circulated Israeli newspapers, has organized a conference for fighting the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS). The conference was attended by a notably large number of diplomats and politicians, such as the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen
The English translation for the article published in Bukra website by Reem Amer, co-coordinator of Coalition of Women for Peace can be found in PDF version here
Friday, May 13th, 2016
Art sale to raise funds for legal expenses for the defense of activists in the joint Palestinian-Israeli struggle against the occupation
David Hachmi 18, Tel-Aviv- Jaffa
Original works of art by renowned and emerging artists, advanced purchase can be made through the website.
Credit card purchases are tax deductiable in th U.S
The struggle against the occupation and for democracy and equality depends on the time and energy of volunteers, but it also involves high legal expenses. One of the methods of suppressing the struggle against the occupation is legal persecution: many demonstrators Palestinians as well as Israelis are arrested at demonstrations for no reason. They are accused of false charges against which they must defend themselves. Despite the willingness of a dedicated legal team to work for solidarity rates, the costs add up to a substantial amount.
25% of the sale price of each work will be paid to the artist who donated the work. All funds raised will be dedicated to covering legal expenses.
Opening hours: Thursday 20:00-23:00; Friday 10:00-16:00; Saturday 10:00-22:00
The initiators of the intervals project were the Coalition of Women For Peace which has supported this struggle from its inception and Anarchists Against The Wall have taken part in this struggle for about 10 years and have paid a high personal, legal and financial price.
These days the intervals project is being carried on by a group of activists to support the original goals of the project.
Curated by Ofra Harnam
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 interview with Rae Abileah (USA)
An interview with Hope Chigudu (Zimbabwe)
An article by Rae Abileah What does Beautiful Trouble have to do with feminism and nonviolence
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.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
The Supreme Court Hearing on the petition against the Israeli anti-boycott law on Sunday Feb. 16th, 2014
,On Sunday February 16th at 09:00 the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the petition filed by Adalah,
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel , Coalition of women for peace (CWP) and other organizations against the Israeli anti-boycott law
The Anti-Boycott law law is a clear political attempt to silence legitimate and justified criticism against the Israeli policy and the ongoing occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people as well as to prevent public discussion on the financial interests in the continuing Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land, resources and labor force.
The law refers to economic, cultural or academic boycott based on the specifics of its “linkage to the state of Israel, one of its institutions or an area under its control”. Individuals, bodies or corporations can prosecute anyone who knowingly publishes a public call for boycott or publicly participates in a call for boycott, without proving damages. Therefore, this law actually imposes sanctions and financial penalties on individuals who chose a non-violent political protest which includes boycott.
The public discussion in Israel consist many public stands regarding boycott and divestment these days , but only one voice is hardly heard-in the Israeli public discussion- supporting and endorsing BDS- and all due to political censorship.
Boycott is accepted worldwide as one of the tools in non-violent protests and struggles, and is also being used in social and economic justice struggles within Israel. The anti-boycott law sends a clear message of distinction between boycotting supermarket chain-stores because of the high prices as a legitimate protest, and boycott as part of the struggle to end the Israeli occupation as prohibited. The law violates the freedom of speech and political expression and received harsh criticism from
from Israeli SCO’s as well as political parties and the international community
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Coalition of Women for Peace invites you to a conference marking
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Monday, December 3rd, 16:00 – 21:00, Na laga’at Center, Jaffa
With Hebrew-Arabic-English translation
In the program:
16:00 – 16:30 Registration
16:00 – 16:35 Opening – Aliyah Strauss, Coalition of Women for Peace
16:35 – 17:30 Home, Violence: From House Demolitions to Domestic Violence
Farida Shaaban, active in the struggle to end house demolitions in the unrecognized village Dahamash
Atidal Abu Aeesh, Maan – Forum of Negev Arab-Bedouin Women’s Organizations
Nabila Espanioly, Director of Al’Tufula Center in Nazareth, 5th candidate on the list of Hadash to the Knesset
Ragda Elnabilsy, doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator: Yael Ben Yefet, Director of the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow, active in Hithabrut-Tarabut movement
17:45-19:15 Policies of Political Persecution and Violence Against Women Human Rights Defenders
Orna Kohn, Adv. , Adalah – the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Zabib Sultan, founder of the Community Center for Eritrean Women in the south of Tel Aviv
Zahava Greenfeld, active in the struggle for public housing and the Palestinian popular struggle
MK Haneen Zuaby – Balad Party
Moderator: Vered Lee, journalist
19:15 – 19:45 Dinner
9:45 – 21:00 Video Workshop and Discussion Tables
Video workshop (Claudia Levin); Women in the Negev (Muna Alhablin); Experiences of Activists (Esther Rapoport); Women and the Struggle in Jaffa (Sahar Saada); Women and Arms (Rela Mazali – project “Guns on the Kitchen Table”); Economic Violence (Asma Aghbariya Zahalka – Daam Party); Violence and Gender Difference; Women and the South of Tel Aviv (Shula Keshet); English-language discussion table on women’s rights in Israel – between international image and reality; Open-space