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9 July 1999
Subject: A Housewarming for Peace


Yesterday’s housewarming was truly heartwarming, as hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians gathered at the newly completed home of Samir and Arabiyyeh Shawamreh, commemorating one year since its first demolition (there have been two), and celebrating the triumph of our determination to right that injustice. There were speeches by leaders of every Palestinian and Israeli peace organization that had participated in the collective rebuilding, but the most eloquent of all were the eyes of Lena Shawamreh, now 16, as she smiled out at the crowd of new friends and allies gathered at her new home. We dedicated this a “Peace Home,” as the sign (in Arabic, Hebrew, and English) now affixed to their front door reads. Who would dare demolish a home with so much love and hope suffusing it? And Atta Jabber, whose own home near Hebron was rebuilt and demolished three times, stood by quietly, awaiting his own turn for a housewarming. It will come.
We promise.

Shalom / Salaam,
Gila Svirsky

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
Letters from Jerusalem, 2001
Letters from Jerusalem, 2002
Letters from Jerusalem, 2003
New & recent letters from Jerusalem (2004)
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