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This was written and circulated prior to the Gulf War of January 1991.

War is a Crime

War was, is, and will continue to be a crime, no matter how many seals of approval it receives from international bodies. No amount of rhetoric can justify the act of war — not even a war against Saddam Hussein.

Who makes war?
Politicians who fan and exploit fear to buttress their power; industrialists who develop and sell weapons; military leaders who see brute force as a means of problem-solving.

Who pays the price of war?
The poor, the elderly, children, young men and women in uniform — all those innocent of the decision to make war.

Yes, we condemn Saddam Hussein — and all industrialized countries, including the United States and Israel — who use their technological prowess to develop horrifying machines of mass destruction — biological, chemical, and nuclear.

Yes, we believe that countries (and individuals) must defend themselves against aggression.

But, we also believe that there are better means of self-defense than burying human beings under the rubble of bombed-out houses. And that bombs only delay — cruelly and counter-productively — the negotiated settlement that must take place in any case.

We, Israeli women for peace, demand that the leaders of both sides stop their aggressive male posturing and use their heads to pursue alternative ways of resolving the conflict.

Grow up. And give our children a chance to grow up too.

Back Introduction
January 1991: War Is a Crime
March 1996:  Bombs, Revenge, and One Iota of Hope
   2 Nov 1996: Hand in Hand in Hebron
  4 Apr 1997:  Children Still Alive and Abdallah
25 May 1998:  So We Won’t Die in Any More Wars
10 July 1998:   Lena Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  2 Aug 1998:  Lena’s New Home... Destroyed
  3 Jan 1999: Rifle Grenade #400
  9 July 1999: A Housewarming for Peace
23 Jan 2000: The Politics of the Tree
18 Oct 2000: On Violence by Israeli Arabs
10 Nov 2000: Peace Efforts in Israel
22 Nov 2000: We Refuse to Be Enemies
23 Nov 2000: Meeting of Women MKs for Peace
26 Nov 2000: Views of Faisal Husseini
28 Nov 2000: Lack of coverage for women’s events
  1 Dec 2000: Principles and Action
  8 Dec 2000: Women in Black today
30 Dec 2000: On the Way to Crowning Jerusalem with Peace
Index of new and recent Letters from Jerusalem (2001)
Resources and Links

© 1991 Gila Svirsky.

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