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Resources and Links

Organizations & Activists

Adalah (Justice)

The Agudah: The Association of Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender in Israel

Altufula: Pedagogical Center and Multipurpose Women’s Center

Association for Civil Rights in Israel

Bat Shalom


Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development

Christian Peacemakers Team in Hebron

Coalition of Women for Peace
Contact: Gila Svirsky by email at or fax number (+972-2) 672-5293

CLAF: Community of Lesbian Feminists

Gush Shalom


Ittijah: Union of Arab Community Based Organizations

The Jewish-Palestinian Encounter

Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group

Jewish Peace Fellowship

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice

Mideast Web for Coexistence

NELED: Arab and Jewish Women for Coexistence
Contact: Bracha Yanoov, 6 Tor Hazahav St., 46501 Herzliya, Israel

Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (“Oasis of Peace”)

New Israel Fund

neta_golan group

New Profile

Open House in Ramle

The Other Israel

Oz v’Shalom-Netivot Shalom

Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People

Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment

Peace Now

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel

Rabbis for Human Rights

Re’ut-Sadaka (Friendship): Jewish-Arab Youth Movement for Coexistence and Peace in Israel

The Shalom Center

TANDI: Movement of Democratic Women in Israel

Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees

U.S. Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu

Women Against Violence

Women Engendering Peace
Contact: Aida Touma-Sleiman, P.O. Box 313, 16000 Nazareth, Israel

Women in Black - Israel
Locations of Women in Black vigils in Israel:

  • Acre - Fridays 2:30-3:30 pm
    on the main Acre-Safed road, near the Strauss factory.
  • Haifa - Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm
    at Beit HaKranot, the corner of Herzl and Balfour Streets.
  • Jerusalem - Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm
    at "Hagar Square" (opp. the Kings Hotel and Terra Sancta).
  • Nachshon Junction - Fridays 1:30-2:30 pm
    at the junction of the old Jerusalem-Tel-Aviv and Latroun Roads.
  • Nazareth - Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm
    on the main street opposite the Education and Internal Affairs Ministries.
  • Tel-Aviv - Fridays 1:00-2:00 pm
    at the Tnuva junction: the Haifa-Tel-Aviv Road at King Saul Street corner.

Women on Behalf of Women Political Prisoners
Contact: Hava Keller, 4 Philon Street, Tel-Aviv 64518, Israel

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Israel chapter
Contact: Aliya Strauss, P.O. Box 3069, 59130 Bat Yam, Israel

Yesh Gvul
Contact: Yishay Menuhin, P.O. Box 6953, Jerusalem

News & Information

Alternative Information Center
Ariga: Publishing for Business, Pleasure, and Peace
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Israeli IndyMedia Center
Jerusalem Post
Middle East Report
Middle East Watch
“An Open Letter to the Settlers” from Uri Avnery
PASSIA: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs
“Report on Palestinian Journalists” (Committee to Protect Journalists)
Salam Review
September 2000 Clashes Information Center

For Further Reading

Al-Bushra Magazine, March 1997. See the following articles: “Israeli Women’s Peace Movement on Jabal Abu Ghneim,” “March Peace Update from Jerusalem,” and “The Occupation Is Not Yet Over”

“Alternative Independence Day,” in Bridges (see below), Vol. 7, No. 2

Bridges: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and Our Friends

Dreams of an Insomniac: Jewish Feminist Essays, Speeches and Diatribes, by Irena Klepficz

“Israeli Feminist Peace Activist Interviewed,” by Carol Anne Douglas; in Off Our Backs: The Feminist Newsjournal, January 2001.

The Issue Is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance, by Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

“Lena bor ikke her lenger” (10 juli 1998) and “Middag med Lena” (Januar 1999), by Gila Svirsky; in Norwegian at TransOnline

Lesbiot: Israeli Lesbians Talk About Sexuality, Feminism, Judaism and Their Lives, edited by Tracy Moore

“Letter from Hebron” in Gardenia: Journal for a World of Peace, Spring 1998

“A Time to Make Peace” and “Israeli Women Struggle for Peace,” in Palestine & Israel, No. 5, November 1997

“Witnesses for peace keep the faith in midst of escalating violence in Holy Land,” by Alexa Smith; in The News, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), February 27, 2001

Publications by Gila Svirsky

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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