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Women in Black started in Israel in 1988, during the first Palestinian intifada. Our existence is therefore allied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Since 1988 we demand to stop the occupation. Inspired by the action of the "Mothers of the Plaza the Mayo" in Argentina and "Black Sash" in South Africa, ten Israeli women decided to come together to demonstrate on a particular public place, every Friday, dressed in black, in silence to demand for peace and to stop the occupation of the Palestinian areas. Our silent vigil was born. One of the founders is Nourid Peled. This woman, who lost her fourteen year old daughter Smadar in a Palestinian terroristic attack, thought that her daughter also was killed by de Israeli government for the very reason that they refused to conduct peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Because she refused herself to be ruled by hate, Nourid founded Women in Black. This way she wants to give political hope and to prevent that other parents go through such a drama.

In the meantime approximately 240 groups worldwide of Women in Black are active, who support each other's actions, how different anyhow. In Italy one protests against the Mafia, in Germany against racism, nuclear weapons and xenophobia encouraged by neo-Nazi’s . In India vigils are kept against women oppression by religious fundamentalists, whereas during the Balkan-war Serbian, Croatian and Moslem women demonstrated together against the war by the motto: “we do not let us bombard to each other's enemies “ at that time, for many people from former Yugoslavia, a hopeful counterforce in the insidiously spreading ethnic violence.

In 2005 there were 1000 women nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Amonst them were at least 6 Women in Black :
STASA ZAJOVIC, Belgrade ; 
LUISA MORGANTINI, Roma ; 
REBECCA JONHSON, London ;
NABILA ESPANIOLY , Palestinian citizen in Israel
HAYA SHALOM, Israel ;
ANNELISE EBBE, Copenhagen

 
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