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

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March 8- Feminist Solidarity- Free Gaza now

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Women’s Day action- feminist solidarity with Gaza

Pics from the event-

Haim Schwarczenberg

Activestills

On International Women’s Day 2014 we, feminist activists against the occupation, choose to stand as close as we can to the
northern-most neighborhood in Gaza Strip.

More than a million and a half women and men are living on the other side of the fence, though the Israeli public is completely oblivious to their existence. The daily ordeals, life and experiences of women under siege are hidden from our eyes by walls of concrete, fences and silence.

On International Women’s Day we stand in solidarity with the struggles of women in Israel., Palestine and all over the world who live under oppression .

This year we chose on this day to come and stand here by Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of women are besieged, living in extreme conditions, experiencing water shortage, lack of medical and educational services, limited freedom of movement and poverty.

Let’s open our eyes and look beyond the walls, call for an end of the siege, and an end to the navel and aerial blockade on the Gaza Strip, for life, freedom and dignity

CWP Update: Solidarity in Israel with Gaza and with the Freedom Flotilla

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

June 2, 2010

CWP Update: Solidarity in Israel with Gaza and with the Freedom Flotilla

1. The Siege of Gaza

Early Monday morning, we woke up to the horrible news of the Israeli raid on the peace activists of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which killed more than 10 people and injured dozens. Many of the hundreds of activists, who were on the boats, are still imprisoned by Israeli security forces, awaiting their deportation. The flotilla was carrying 10,000 tons of food, medicine and other supplies to Gaza, which has been placed under siege by Israel since 2005 (with harsher restrictions since June 2007).

The siege, intended to isolate and debilitate Gaza, is a collective punishment of a civilian population of 1.5 million people. Since the siege has been placed, the Coalition of Women for Peace has been publicly denouncing it and calling for its immediate removal. The international community can no longer stand by – it must use any diplomatic and civilian means to pressure Israel to end the siege of Gaza, punish Israeli officials responsible for war crimes and end the occupation.

This Friday, the Coalition of Organizations against the Occupation and the Palestinian Popular Committees will hold a joint action to mark 43 years to the June 1967 occupation of Palestinian lands. 43 years of domination, oppression, segregation, settlement enterprise, theft of water and lands, military regime, restrictions on movement, house demolitions, political arrests, torture, war crimes and colonial expansion. In this action, we will call for Israel to remove the siege of Gaza, to end the occupation and to stop the separation between Palestinians and Israelis and between Palestinians and their lands. We call on our friends in the international community to hold solidarity vigils around the world – protesting the siege of Gaza, the ongoing occupation of Palestine and the deadly assault on innocent civilians, who tried to break the siege.

Demonstration at the Port of Ashdod, 31 May 2010

2. Solidarity in Israel with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

The Coalition of Women for Peace stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and with heroic members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Despite attempts by Israeli media and public officials to present a unanimous support for the illegal assault on international peace activists, thousands of Israelis have been protesting in the past few days against it.

Spontaneous demonstrations were held immediately after news of the brutal assault on the flotilla – in Haifa, Nazareth, Shefa-‘Amr and other cities in Israel. At the same time, 250 Israeli activists arrived at the Port of Ashdod, in an action organized by the Coalition of Women for Peace and other Israeli organizations, to protest the brutal killing and to voice their solidarity with the Flotilla and with the Palestinian people. On Monday evening, mass demonstrations were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Um-El-Fahem. The demonstrators called for international involvement to lift the siege of Gaza. More demonstrations are being held throughout this week across Palestine and Israel.

Prior to the deadly raid CWP published a public declaration in support of the flotilla:

http://www.shiptogaza.se/node/372

We would like to share with you some of the voices of CWP members following the raid:

In a personal account of the Israeli resistance to the attack on the flotilla, Inna Michaeli, CWP’s Resource and Development Coordinator, writes: “Despite this attempt to silence criticism, there are many Israeli citizens that object to this massacre and demand accountability from those responsible. The official version of the military and government has very little credibility, especially after imposing an electronic blockade on attempts to document the raid. The international community has done so little to bring to trial those accountable for war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. Will other countries make more of an effort to intervene after crimes have been committed against their own citizens?”

You can read the rest of her account here.

Eilat Maoz, the General Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace, said: “The killing of more than 10 activists is exclusively the responsibility of the State of Israel, and it was fully within Israel’s power to avoid the wasteful spilling of blood.  The siege of Gaza and the pirate takeover by the Israeli Military of the Flotilla vessels – these are the real provocations. This atrocity must open the eyes of the international community to the crimes perpetrated by Israel.”

Areen Hawari, Balad activist, member of the Coalition of Women for Peace and a close person to MK Hanin Zoabi, who was on one of the vessels, said: “If this is what the State of Israel is capable of doing to peace activists, human rights defenders and members of parliament, then what is it capable of doing to civilians under military occupation? Now is the time to wake up the international struggle against the siege of Gaza and the occupation.”

Some interviews with CWP members in the international media:

The National – Israelis are Shocked but not Surprised

Maan News Agency – Israeli Activists Call for Ships to Enter Gaza

Christian Science Monitor – After Israeli raid, Freedom Flotilla aid starts to flow to Gaza

The Coalition of Women for Peace is currently working on additional local and international actions. Please contact us with your ideas, suggestions and information on actions you organize: cwp@coalitionofwomen.org

Demonstration in Tel-Aviv, 31 May 2010

Solidarity with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla / Inna Michaeli

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Photo by Keren Manor / Activestills.org

It was a strangely familiar feeling: waking up in the morning to the news of 10 people killed by the Israeli military forces. Within minutes, the Coalition of Women for Peace and several other organizations issued a call for a demonstration to meet the members of the Free Gaza Flotilla, who were brought in to the port of Ashdod, and to protest the siege of Gaza and the killing of peace activists.

Soon after the arrival of the first activists to the scene, just south of the port, we spotted two silhouettes in the calm waters of the Mediterranean: A small, white ship, one of the ships of the flotilla, and a dark missile boat circling it. As the boats approached, we unwrapped two big signs banners with our message of solidarity: “FREE GAZA”.

Private vehicles began arriving and joining us on the beach. For the organized buses, which were bringing protesters from Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, reaching the site was more difficult. The bus from Tel-Aviv was stopped by the Israeli police and was allowed to pass only after our lawyer intervened and with a close escort by the police. The bus from Jerusalem was attacked by right-wing activists. Ultimately, everyone was able to gather at the beach, and more than 250 people stood with signs in support of the flotilla and in protest of the siege.

Thousands of protesters everywhere took the streets. Spontaneous protests took place in Haifa, Shefa-’Amr and other cities and towns. In the universities of Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Beer Sheva, students went out to protest. Mass demonstrations were organized later on Monday in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Um-El-Fahem and Haifa. I participated in the Tel-Aviv demonstration, where despite the short notice, more than a thousand people came to protest in front of the Ministry of Defense, demanding the release of the peace activists that were arrested and the immediate removal of the siege on Gaza. More demonstrations were organized on Tuesday in Jaffa and Haifa and the High Follow-Up Committee of the Arab citizens of Israel declared a general strike on that day.

The Israeli media repeated its familiar drill, highlighting a right-wing action of a dozen people with Israeli flags cheering to the army and dismissing thousands of local peace demonstrators. News flashes on “violent Arab riots” faithfully gave the Israeli public the impression that violent people simply decided to riot for no good reason, rather than Arabs and Jews acting upon their conscience and humanity.

The official version of the Israeli military and the government was embraced by the media with the usual readiness. Questioning “our” military is unpatriotic, as if questioning official versions is not the formal obligation of the media. In Israel, it simply doesn’t work that way. Phone calls we received from all the major TV channels in Israel and the interviews we gave to all the major newspapers were mostly unpublished, silenced by either the reporters or the editors.

Despite this attempt to silence criticism, there are many Israeli citizens that object to this massacre and demand accountability from those responsible. The official version of the military and government has very little credibility, especially after imposing an electronic blockade on attempts to document the raid. The international community has done so little to bring to trial those accountable for war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. Will other countries make more of an effort to intervene after crimes have been committed against their own citizens?

PRESS RELEASE: Thousands of Israelis Protest Killing of Flotilla Activists and the Siege of Gaza

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Photo by Keren Manor / Activestills.org

Thousands of Israeli citizens demonstrated yesterday (Monday) throughout Israel, in protest of the killing of 9 Gaza Freedom Flotilla activists by Israeli security forces.

Spontaneous demonstrations were held immediately after news of the brutal assault on the flotilla – in Haifa, Nazareth and other cities in Israel. At the same time, 250 Israeli activists arrived at the Port of Ashdod, in an action organized by the Coalition of Women for Peace and other Israeli organizations, to protest the brutal killing and to voice their solidarity with the Flotilla and with the Palestinian people.

On Monday evening, mass demonstrations were held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Um-El-Fahem. The demonstrators called for international involvement to lift the siege of Gaza. More demonstrations will be held today (Tuesday).

Eilat Maoz, General Coordinator of the Coalition of Women for Peace, said: “The killing of more than 15 activists is exclusively the responsibility of the State of Israel, and it was fully within Israel’s power to avoid the wasteful spilling of blood. The siege of Gaza and the pirate takeover by the Israeli Military of the Flotilla vessels – these are the real provocations. This atrocity must open the eyes of the international community to the crimes perpetrated by Israel.”

Areen Hawari, Balad Activist and member of the Coalition of Women for Peace, and a close person to MK Haneen Zoabi, who was on one of the boats, said ” If this is what the State of Israel is capable of doing to peace activists, human rights defenders and members of parliament, then what is it capable of doing to civilians under military occupation? Now is the time to wake up the international struggle against the siege of Gaza and the Occupation.”

(עברית) מאות ישראלים בדרך לנמל אשדוד להפגין נגד ההרג והמצור ולקבל את פניו של המשט לעזה

Monday, May 31st, 2010


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