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Women in Action 3.12.2012

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

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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

It’s All About the Children / Eileen Fleming

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Out of 120 seats in the Israeli parliament 11 are held by Arab-Israelis. One of them is Haneen Zoabi, the first woman representative of an Arab party to be elected to the Kennest. The outspoken advocate against the occupation of Palestine greeted the group from CODEPINK with, “It’s a great pleasure to meet so many US citizens as most of our problems come as a result from USA policies. What we need is a direct relationship with all people of the world as we Palestinians daily struggle forhuman values, freedom and justice which are international values.”

Regarding the proposal of a law by Avigdor Lieberman’s party that would strip Israeli Palestinians of their citizenship unless they pledge loyalty to a Jewish state, “Lieberman did not say anything new and racism has become legitimatized. From 1948 until now, loyalty to Zionism was enforced by policy. With the introduction of the loyalty law, anyone who would say Israel is not a Jewish State and a democracy would be jailed for three years! But we are optimistic for just by suggesting such a law it indicates the crisis that after 60 years we will never forget who we are.

“What Israel is attempting to demand is that I must be loyal to the Zionist dream. Loyalty to a state should require obeying the laws but Israel does not take our citizenship seriously. We cannot accept their Zionist dream, we have our dreams. We cannot accept the Zionist vision, we have our vision. I am a citizen of Israel but I am not an Israeli and I am not Jewish. Israel did not give me my identity and Israel cannot be a Jewish state and a democracy.”

According to Jeff Halper, American-Israeli, Founder and Coordinator of ICAHD/Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, “Israel is an Ethnocracy, meaning a country run and controlled by a national group with some democratic elements but set up with Jews in control and structured to keep them in control.”
Zoabi continued, “In 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were expelled, we were thrown out of our homes. The most educated left and the 150,000 who remained were the weakest part of society. In 1948, the Jews had 4% of the land and they have confiscated 93% more and we have 3% of our homeland.

“There are three times more settlements now than in 1995. Today there are 600,000 settlers and 800 checkpoints. Israel negotiates only to block a peace agreement. Hamas won because after 13 years of negotiations the people wanted a change. The rockets are stupid and illegitimate, but they carry a political meaning; we want our freedom and we do not accept the way Fatah negotiates. The dispute between Hamas and Fatah is not over power-it is about two different political ways. I cannot be pro-Hamas, but they were democratically elected and are now more powerful than in 2006. We are very critical of Abbas and we don’t think he cares about the Palestinians in Gaza, he just wants to keep his position. The people know he put down spontaneous demonstrations in the West Bank in support of Gaza.

“Resisting occupation is legitimate and our goal is not one or two states, our goal is to end the occupation. The goal is freedom, equality and justice.”

Later in the day, CODEPINK joined the annual Tel Aviv demonstration against the occupation that gathered at Rabin Square. Approximately a thousand people of conscience turned out, who chanted in Hebrew, “Stop the Occupation” and “Children in Sderot, children in Gaza both deserve to be free” to the beat of a twelve piece percussion band and entertained by anarchist clowns. When the demonstrators stopped too long as the  clowns performed, two dozen border police rushed in to disperse the artists, who stood their ground until the police commanded the demonstrators own security staff move the crowd.

Third generation Israeli, Yoel Admi, wearing an Obama t-shirt said, “Obama represents the type of leadership we want to see all over the world. We have had enough corruption and lack of leadership.”

Second generation Israeli, Batya Aviran, stated, “We need American people to help us help ourselves. We want you to encourage Obama to push the Israeli government to get rid of the settlements and end the occupation.”

Sebastian Rodrigus’ family migrated to Israel in the 1970’s from South America, “We need America to stop supporting Israel in the UN. Obama’s courage should be an example to the Israeli government, but we are afraid he has no partner here. Obama is approaching the radicals that Bush was suppressing and when I heard his speech I had the shivers.

“I was a First Sargent in a combat unit and about 70% of the troops are insensitive to the daily humiliations the Palestinians are subjected to. I became an activist when I got out because the first action I was involved in has never left me. It was 4 AM in the morning and we had good intelligence that a terrorist was in this house. I was in charge of keeping the rest of the family in a separate room and the look I saw in the children’s eyes has never left me. The look on those kids faces I will never forget. For me, it’s all about the children.”

Within the last ten days, 120 CODE PINK activists have made their way into Gaza through Egypt and have built three playgrounds and played with hundreds of children. Today, over forty more CODE PINK activists will converge at Erez Checkpoint and it’s all about the children.

“The fierce urgency of now” [MLK] should compel all people of conscience to petition their governments to force an end to the occupation of Palestine Gaza, in this, the final year of the UN’s Decade of Creating a Culture of Nonviolence for all the children of the world.

Eileen Fleming is a feature correspondent for The Palestine Telegraph and She is the founder of

Author of KEEP HOPE ALIVE and MEMOIRS of a Nice Irish-American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”

She produced “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” because corporate media has been MIA all during a freedom of speech trial in Israel.

MK Haneen Zoabi Meets CWP and CodePink / 10 Days Against the Siege

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Members of Code Pink and CWP have listened to a lecture by Palestinian MK Haneen Zoubi, during a meeting held in Tel-Aviv, on June the 6th, the lecture was followed by audience questions addressed to MK Zoubi.

While addressing the issues concerning the status of Palestinian citizens in Israel, MK Zoubi highlighted the importance of the struggle for equality, and pointed to the systematic discrimination against them, such as in budgets. On the underdevelopment of the Palestinian society, reflected in the economic gap and over representation in poverty rates.

MK Zoubi condemned the recent propositions for racist laws in the Israeli Knesset, Such as the Law of Prevent of the commemoration of the Nakba, and the law of declaring loyalty to the state, or imposing the acceptance of the definition of Israel a Zionist Jewish and democratic state.

On the political situation in Gaza, and the conflict between “Fath” and “Hamas”, Haneen expressed her opinion saying that a breakthrough could be achieved only through a “national unity” based upon a national consensus to be elaborated during the talks between Fath”, “Hamas” and other Palestinian political forces.

Answering a question, on her position regarding the solution of the conflict in Palestine, Haneen replied that the two-state solution is important since it defines the Israeli presence in the 67 areas as occupation. But in substance what matters is that the prevailing values of democracy and equal citizenship regardless of the one or two state solutions.

As to a question about for the realization of the state of Palestine, while Zionist settlements have expanded all over, Zoubi maintained that one should never loose hope even though one generation could not achieve the national Palestinian goals, and that new generations are willing to go on struggling for there national cause. In the end, Zoubi emphasized, settlements must be dismantled.

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