writers and artists
Gila Svirsky: Letters from Jerusalem
Brief Peace Update: 31 July 2006
For chant collectors, here's a translation of a few of ours (in Hebrew they rhyme):
"Peace and security are not built on dead bodies"
"Money for the disadvantaged, not for war"
"Children in Beirut and Haifa ALL want to live"
It was an amazingly long procession (photo left), and we could see people hanging out of balconies to watch and sometimes curse – no surprise, with 90% of Israelis in support of this war. The anti-war movement in Israel seems to be inching forward, though the vast majority of Israelis continue to view us as traitors. The international anti-war movement is a great source of solidarity for us here.
Most disturbing is the overwhelming Israeli support for the Qana bombing based on the belief that the Hezbullah were using this building as a launching site for their missiles. And while all this is happening, dozens of Palestinians are being killed in Gaza by Israeli troops. A news (not op-ed) article in Ha’aretz noted, “The large number of fatalities suggests the IDF is engaged in indiscriminate killing under the cover of the war in the north” (“97 fatalities in Gaza, but all eyes are on Lebanon” by Avi Issacharoff, 30 July 2006).
It’s more than those killed for whom we have to light candles – it’s the breakdown of morality in Israeli society in general.
Gila Svirsky, Jerusalem
*The participating organizations: Women against War: Coalition of Women for Peace, Ahoti, Aswat, Bat Shalom, Women in Black, FORA (Russian-speaking women), TANDI, Women against Violence, Al-Tufula, New Profile, The Fifth Mother, WILPF, Neled, Feminist House, Ittihad el-Nissa el-Takdumi, and Kayan.
Coalition of Women for Peace