News and Action Alerts
March 1, 2009
To the Code Pink Delegation:
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation and support for the important mission Code Pink has undertaken with its delegation to Gaza in recognition of International Women's Day. We are pleased that WILPF members Regina Birchem and Alice Walker will be part of the group, and know that many more of our members will be with you in spirit over the next several days.
WILPF members Regina Birchem and Alice Walker joined the IWD delegation to Gaza organized by Code Pink. We hope that this delegation will inspire women everywhere to denounce the violence being perpetrated on the Palestinian people and hold Israel accountable for its actions.
The following letter was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and others by Susi Snyder, Secretary General, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom on December 19 2008
19 December 2008
To: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon President of the Security Council H.E. Neven Jurica, President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann and all members of the General Assembly:
On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People–29 November 2008–and in this 60th anniversary year of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom calls again on the United Nations and the entire international community to take the steps needed to end the occupation of the Arab Territories occupied by Israel since 1967 and to enable the Palestinians to exercise their right to self-determination.
The Philadelphia Branch has created a very helpful glossary of terms related to the Middle East Campaign.
Please click here to obtain more information and to view/download the Glossary Order Form
Support the People of Gaza and the Peace Process
WCUSP continues to be concerned about conditions in the Gaza Strip, where poor nutrition, health concerns, water contamination and power cuts have become an everyday worry. The blockade of Gaza by Israel and the continued closure of the area have made life for ordinary citizens very difficult. Bombing raids have put everyone at risk and contributed to psychological wounds as well as physical ones. We urge both sides to stop attacks and move to the peace table. We encourage our members to sign and submit the Gaza postcards to your Congressional representatives. Those we receive without representatives listed are being delivered to the Presidential candidates.
We also are making plans for workshops at the National Congress in Iowa which will help to link Middle East issues to other relevant issues in WILPF work, such as disarmament, water, and racism.
Call-In Number: 712-775-7000
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Tuesday, March 11
9 PM EST
WILPF's Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East Campaign joins the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice to invite you to a debriefing conference call on the massive military assault in the besieged Gaza Strip and the consequences of the increase in military aid to Israel requested by President Bush.
The massive Israeli military assault on Gaza of recent days is the most immediately murderous part of a series of escalating regional crises that are rippling across the Middle East, involving Palestine and Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria -- and U.S. warships moving into strategic positions off the Lebanese coast.
In Gaza, Israel's attack killed between 125 and 131 Palestinians, of whom half were civilians, and at least 22 of whom were children, including several infants. The attack devastated Gaza's 1.5 million residents already suffering under what a coalition of British humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International and Oxfam called "worse than at any time since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation in 1967."
The United States should be cutting off military aid to Israel for its human rights abuses and violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, not increasing it.
Join Phyllis Bennis on the conference call!
"The Crisis in Gaza" - a WILPF Declaration
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section (WILPF US), having considered reports of an escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza including Israel's continuing siege, deprivation, bombardment, and military assault upon the citizens of Gaza resulting in civilian deaths and countless injuries during the past months and that indiscriminate random rocket attacks have been launched from Gaza into Israel resulting in a number of injuries to Israeli citizens;
Taking note of statements by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that "Gaza's border closures are without precedent," leaving Palestinians "effectively incarcerated...without fuel and spare parts, public health conditions are declining steeply as water and sanitation services struggle to function. The electricity supply is sporadic,"
Dear Secretary Rice,
On behalf of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), U.S. Section, we would like to thank you for your initiative in calling for a renewed peace effort in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We will be watching as the proposed conference in Maryland takes shape and attempts to move the process forward.
Several years ago, our organization held our triennial international congress in Baltimore. Since WILPF has sections in Israel, Palestine, and Lebanon, we took the opportunity to make an appointment and send a delegation over to The U.S. State Department for a frank discussion. We brought representatives from each of our Middle East sections--Jews, Christians, and Muslims--and the under-secretary with whom we met found our evaluation of the situation to be relevant and useful. Several of our suggestions later became part of the U.S. stance in the negotiations which were then taking place.
You are invited to a conference:
The Effects of War on Women and the Environment in Israel/Palestine
Foundry United Methodist Church at 16th and P Streets NW,
Washington, DC on October 19th, 2007 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The intention of the gathering is to:
- Raise awareness of the disparate effect of the continued conflict on women.
- Get the facts about the exploitation of water and other natural resources in the region.
- Hear the voices and experiences of Israeli and Palestinian women.
- Explore collaborative ways to repair damage done to women, their families, and to the environment.
- Promote the United Nations Resolution 1325 for Women, Peace & Security
While Palestinian women living under Israeli occupation struggle with daily survival in the face of one of the most powerful militaries in the world, Israeli women live in a constant state of insecurity as a result of the conflict. The cycle of violence perpetuates itself and comes “home” to everyone. We don’t pretend to have the answer to this centuries’ old struggle. “Women to Women for Peace” have been promoting the strengthening of women’s role in peacemaking and intercultural understanding among women as a way to peace since 1981.
But there is a lot each one of us can do to build momentum for a peaceful solution: quality and quantity of non-governmental organization preparation for and
Educate yourself—use this information packet, gather and use the resources listed here, follow the news, and analyze the news you read.
Educate others—request additional information packets to distribute, copy this packet, organize a public program using the suggested speakers (list included), write letters to your local paper (sample included), talk to your friends and family and neighbours.
Speak up loud and clear—raise the urgent need for a peaceful solution (suggested solutions included) at every opportunity and public forum on the Middle East, war and peace events, and especially at rallies and programs calling for an end to the War against Iraq. We need to add the call for a peaceful resolution to the Iran crisis to all anti-war mobilizations.
The Israeli section watches the latest heartbreaking events in Gaza with pain and growing worry. We would like to offer our sympathy to all our Palestinian friends and our prayer and believe that the Palestinian people, who have manifested strength and courage during the prolonged Occupation, will overcome these black days, and rise over their difficulties to concentrate on their important struggle – the one for a just and honorable independence, alongside the State of Israel.