Statement in Support of the Palestinian People
WILPF International has joined other women’s organizations in issuing a statement in support of the Palestinian people. The statement, issued on November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, calls on the UN to ensure that resolutions on Palestinian self-determination are implemented, end the siege of Gaza, and protect the human rights of all involved. The complete statement is posted on WILPF International’s website.
In the U.S., WILPF women continue to raise awareness about violations of human rights, dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people, and work to shift U.S. foreign policy in the region from a position of funding militarism and violence to a stance of advancing economic development, human rights and sustainable and inclusive peace.
Recently, the Des Moines, IA Branch had a lunch date with Phyllis Bennis while she was in town for the American Friends Service Committee’s Conference on US Policy in Palestine-Israel: Engaging the Faith Communities in Pursuit of a Just Peace. Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES in Washington DC and has written as an analyst and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement.
At the national level, WILPF’s Middle East Issue Committee delves deeply into examining the role of U.S. policy in the dynamics of current conflicts in the Middle East and seeks to educate communities on policy dimensions seldom discussed regarding Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the people living in these regions. What economic interests underlie the power struggles in the region? What U.S. policy changes will end violence and promote justice? Additionally, the ME Issue Committee focuses on developing a women's vision for U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, and joins with women in the region to claim U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325's promise that women's active participation can bring peaceful, democratic resolution to the conflicts. WILPF’s Feminist Action Guide to Challenging U.S. Policy in the Middle East is a 165 page tool kit , complete with original source material, articles, maps, and steps to take action, for individual or study group use. The Action Guide is available for purchase ($15.00) through the WILPF National office. Call 617-266-0999 to order yours now!
To learn how to get more involved in WILPF’s work on addressing issues of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, contact Issue Committee Chairs Odile Hugonot Haber: firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Taft at email@example.com.