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some thoughts about the conference in Jeruzalem by Marianne van de Goorberg
call to boycot by Ria Convents
Final Declaration
invitation and information on coming WiB conference in Jeruzalem

Some thoughts
by Marianne van de Goorberg

Attending a very well organized and very interesting International Conference of Women in Black in Jerusalem , Women resist Occupation and War, and afterwards travelling in the Westbank: Salfit Region (Masha, Marda, Hares, settlement Ariel, Buruqin with the women of the IWPS), Bethlehem , Ramallah, where I saw again with my own eyes what the OCCUPATION means to the daily life and the future of the Palestinian people: the CHECKPOINTS, the SEPERATION WALL, the DEMOLISHED HOUSES, the SETTLEMENTS ON PALESTINIAN LAND, the LACK OF FREEDOM TO GO WHEREVER AND WHENEVER ONE WANTS, the…………………….

It is getting worse and I don’t understand how this all can happen and goes on under the eyes of the International Community, the UN, Europe and all of us common people of the so called civilized world, it is 2005 !!. I can’t say I didn’t know !

How can I reconcile all this with the sad history of the Israeli people ?

I went to Yad Vashem, I walked through the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, I saw the Pilar of Heroïsm, I was silent in the Hall of Remembrance, I was affected in the Children’s Memorial, The Cattle Car high above the trees, I was deeply touched in the History Museum,……………….and I always had something in the back of my mind especially when I read there the statements of famous and ordinary people in the forties:

“a country is not just what it does, - it is also what it tolerates” Kurt Tucholsky Germany
“music without walls” Wladyslaw Szlengel getto of Warschau
“I don’t know what Jews are, I only know what human beings are” André Troché Bulgaria
“…..and you, the Nations, why are you silent. Don’t you see how we are being exterminated? Why are you silent ?” a woman in her diary in a bunker during the uprising of the getto in Warschau
inscription in the Cattle Car: “here in this carload I am Eve.. with Abel my son if you see my other son Cain son of Man. Tell him……”
In the exhibition on Jerusalem in the Tower of David Museum I read: “Jerusalem - a metropolis for all countries”
I need not to explain what that something very important in the back of my mind was/still is…


Call to boycot Israel
by Ria Convents

see dutch text !



Final Declaration
Women in Black International Conference
Jerusalem, 12-16 August 2005

 We, Palestinian, Israeli, and international women, gathered this week in Jerusalem for the "Women in Black 13th International Conference": 

1.      Affirm our commitment to work together as a worldwide network of women dedicated to freedom, equality, justice, peace, women's rights, and a world free of violence.  Agree to meet again to continue our struggle and reaffirm our commitment to the work and goals of our network, in the next Women in Black International Conference to be held in the Spanish state. 

2.      Insist on the participation of women as full partners in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, and in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements according to UN Resolution 1325. The active and equal participation of women of diverse backgrounds in decision making is crucial to ensure that issues related to women's economic, social, national, ethnic and cultural rights, freedom of choices and security are raised and effectively addressed. 

3.      Demand social and economic justice and condemn the exploitative system and structure of multinational corporations' globalization that drive into poverty millions of people all over the world, and that thrive at the cost of social justice and human development.  

4.      Work for a world where difference does not mean inequality, oppression or exclusion, as we struggle against all causes of oppression and discrimination based on gender, race, sexual preference, age, national and ethnic identity, and religion. 

5.      Challenge the militaristic policies of our governments, call for disarmament, and condemn the interference of the US and its allies in the political affairs of other sovereign nations. 

6.      Commit ourselves to promote education and a language of truth and hope that reflect our right to justice, to remedy and to reparation, which are the basis for the creation of a world based on the values of equality, justice, cooperation, and solidarity. 

7.      Condemn feminicide and all forms of violence – sexual, physical or psychological – to which women are subject in areas of conflict, in militarized zones, and in their daily lives. 

8.      Demand an immediate end to the war and United States occupation of Iraq, and stand in solidarity with Iraqi women in their struggle for their legal and human rights. 

9.      Call for a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine based on international law and human rights, to be achieved by

  • An end to the Israeli occupation;
  • Immediate cessation of all actions against civilians, assassinations, closures, house demolitions, land confiscation, settlement building, construction of the Apartheid Wall, water deprivation, denial of access to schools, hospitals and places of work and worship;
  • The immediate release of all political prisoners;
  • Dismantlement of all Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967;
  • Immediate final status negotiations leading to a viable sovereign Palestinian state alongside Israel on the June 4th, 1967 borders. Peace and a resolution of the conflict will not be achieved by unilateral actions such as disengagement.
  • The recognition of Jerusalem as two capitals for two states, and the immediate ending of all unilateral actions leading to the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem.
  • Israel's recognition of responsibility for the plight of Palestinian refugees as a pre-requisite to finding a just and lasting resolution of the refugee question in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions
  • Recognition of the national and civil rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel. 

Though not the same yardstick can be used for occupied and occupiers, we recognize the lack of security, fear, and emotional anxiety experienced by Palestinian and Israelis affected by the ongoing conflict and violence, and by being civilian victims to the conflict itself.  We believe that international community intervention is critically needed to make sure Israel is held accountable for its actions in the occupied territories and to build a just peace between Israel and Palestine. We support the call upon the international community to impose non-violent and effective measures such as divestment and sanctions on Israel, for as long as Israel continues to violate international law, and continues the occupation and the oppression of the Palestinian people. 




invitation and information about coming WiB Conference in Jeruzalem

from Gila Svirsky
to Women in Black, and like-minded women, all over the world: 

We are excited to bring you more details about the 13th International Conference of Women in Black

The conference will include:

  • Lectures, workshops and multi-cultural events
  • An exhibit of Women in Black materials from around the world
  • Fact-finding tours of Palestinian occupied areas
  • Events to express opposition to occupation, war and violence

For additional information: http://www.coalitionofwomen.org or write to wib2005@netvision.net.il



 DATE:  The opening event will be on August 12 in the evening, and the closing event will be on August 16 in the afternoon.  Plan to arrive any time of day on August 12th.  There will be 4 nights in the hotel (Aug. 12, 13, 14, and 15).  [We made it earlier in response to many requests.]

 PROGRAM:  The overall theme is “women and peacemaking”, but we are still shaping the name and concept together with our Palestinian colleagues.  We want this to be a forum for activists and academics both.  Don’t forget – this is not just a conference:  Fact-finding tours and a vigil will be important components of the event.  More to come about the program.

 EXHIBITION OF YOUR POLITICAL WORK:  Whether you come or not, please send us in advance your group’s flyers, posters, photos, stickers and anything else your group has created to reflect your activities and concerns.  Details below about this major exhibition of women’s political activity.

 ACCOMMODATIONS:  We are thrilled to announce that we have booked wonderful space at excellent hotels (Knight’s Palace and Gloria).  Both are clean, modest and welcoming.  They are Palestinian owned, and eager to host this conference.  These hotels are inside the Old City of Jerusalem (near Jaffa Gate), just steps away from shops, restaurants, kiosks, the market, and religious landmarks you have always heard about (al-Aqsa Mosque, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and many more).

 COSTS:  We have received unprecedented low rates for everything, and foundations will hopefully cover some costs.  As a result, we are able to charge $200 (or 155 Euro) per person, and that will cover 4 nights in the hotel, 3 meals a day, conference rooms, translations, printed materials, chartered buses, fact-finding tours of the occupied territories, cultural events, and an amazing political and personal experience.  You will never again have such an inexpensive opportunity to be in Jerusalem, engage politically, and have a multi-cultural experience of a lifetime.  [The price does not include airfare or transport to and from airports, which participants will have to provide.]

 STIPENDS:  We are working very hard to find funding to cover the costs of women who cannot afford to attend.  Priority will be given to women peace activists from conflict zones who cannot afford to come on their own.  We encourage (beg) vigil groups to raise money to send a representative to Jerusalem.  We also welcome personal contributions to our fund for bringing women from countries in conflict.  Details below about how to contribute.

 Please let us know by July 1, 2005 if you plan to attend, so we can reserve space for you. 

To reserve space, write to wib2005@netvision.net.il


 The Organizing Committee Women in Black, Jerusalem, 12-16 August 2005


Women in Black Exhibition

 In conjunction with The 13th International Conference of Women in Black to be held 12-16 August 2005 in Jerusalem, we will mount an exhibition of materials from Women in Black groups from around the world.We are soliciting your group’s flyers, posters and anything else your group has created, reflecting your activities and concerns.Make sure your voice is heard in Jerusalem – whether or not you attend!

The exhibit will provide an activist tool to inform, inspire and energize the participants in the conference. It will present the voices of groups unable to attend the conference. We plan to create a traveling exhibit to go to other public spaces in Israel and around the world to add our voices against military occupation, violence and terrorism and for a just peace for all.

Be sure to include identifying information with or on your materials:

  • The name of your group
  • The location – city and country
  • Date of materials
  • Your e-mail address (group or contact person)

Mail the materials (which will not be returned), with the identifying information to:
Bat Shalom
(For the WIB Conference)
P.O. Box 2426
Jerusalem, Israel 91023

For questions and additional information about the exhibit, please contact illit at irose45@earthlink.net

The Women in Black Stipend Fund

Contributions to the WIB Stipend Fund will enable women to attend who could not otherwise come. A contribution to this fund can be made through the Coalition of Women for Peace in one of 3 ways:

1) For a US-tax deduction, make out a check to "US/Israel Women-to-Women”, write on the memo line (or separately) that it is “For the Coalition of Women for Peace for WIB", and mail it to US/Israel Women-to-Women, 45 West 36th Street, NY, NY 10018. Let us know that you are doing this, so we can use it in our planning.

2) If a US-tax deduction is not relevant, make out a check to the “Coalition of Women for Peace”, write “For WIB” on the memo line, and mail it to Coalition of Women for Peace, P.O. Box 10252, 91102 Jerusalem, Israel. Any currency is welcome!

3) Or you can wire transfer a contribution directly into our bank account. If you do this, make sure you let us know by e-mail or letter that this is for Women in Black.

Our bank address: 
Israel Discount Bank, Hamoshava Branch #062, 21 Emek Refaim Street, Jerusalem.
Benificiary: Coalition of Women for Peace
Account Number: 967017-512400
Swift Code: IDBLILIT 062
For transfers from Europe: IBAN No. IL 011062 967017 512400

THANK YOU – We are grateful for your support!! top

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