News and Action Alerts

Disaffirming Resolution 1325

by Jessica Lee

Preface


“We who face death” is how Zakia Hakki, an Iraqi judge, describes the women of Iraq.  While she was speaking at a panel during the 51st Commission on the Status of women, she herself was recovering from a knee injury, resulting from an assassination attempt.1



Since the 2003 U.S. invasion Iraqi women are suffering from a deteriorating infrastructure, social conservatism, and gender-based violence.  United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 affirms that armed conflict disproportionately affects civilian women and children, and that there exists the need to protect their rights. 2  The United States maintains that Resolution 1325 was implemented in the strategies for Iraq, yet the situation for Iraqi women has become dire.  In his December 2005 speech, President Bush discussed “our efforts to help the Iraqi people build a lasting democracy in the heart of the Middle East”—efforts which would “protect the interests of all Iraqi people.”3   Unfortunately, the U.S. intervention in overthrowing the Ba’ath regime has not democratized Iraq, but instead has instigated a civil war.  As Zachia Hakki says, “There’s no longer one Saddam, but hundreds of ‘Saddams.’”4

June 10th: A Call To Action

june17 stickerThe Women's International League is joining with the US Campaign to End the Occupation and United for Peace and Justice in mobilizing for a historic demonstration on June 10th, 2007. WILPF members are encouraged to seize this opportunity and gather with US peace and justice activists to unite in our efforts to challenge and change U.S. policy in the Middle East. In WILPF's tradition of promoting policies that move us closer to our mission of world peace and global equality, our goal is to challenge the neo-conservative agenda and to offer the seeds for an alternative U.S. foreign policy on the Middle East. At the core of the unresolved conflict in the Middle East is the Palestinian struggle for self-determination.We see this demonstration as an opportunity to unite with our allies, and assert our position of peace built on justice to U.S. Congress, the President and the rest of the nation.

Women's Vision:An Alternative, Feminist US Policy on the Middle East

Get involved in WCUSP! Organize a Feminist Roundtable!

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Contact the WCUSP Leadership Team for more information or to request a toolkit
Kate Zaidan, Program Coordinator
kzaidan@wilpf.org
215-563-7110
www.wilpf.org

The "Women Challenge US Policy, Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East," [WCUSP] national campaign of WILPF invites branches to participate in our project "Women's Vision: A Feminist US Policy on the Middle East."

International Women's Day Action: Release Palestinian Children, Women and Seniors from Israeli prisons!

URGENT ACTION 

CALL THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, 202-647-4000

"Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, peace, and justice in the world" --U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Freedom for children, women and the elderly

Intervene to End Israeli Apartheid!

Purchase copies of former President Jimmy Carter’s newest book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, for personal reading and group discussion.

http://tinyurl.com/yzkqg7

President Jimmy Carter has taken a courageous and historic step in adding his voice to the collective demands that Palestinians, especially Palestinian women, have been voicing for years.

Women Challenge US Policy -Action Alerts

Support the People of Gaza and the Peace Process

Support the People of Gaza and the Peace Process

WCUSP continues to be concerned about conditions in the Gaza Strip, where poor nutrition, health concerns, water contamination and power cuts have become an everyday worry. The blockade of Gaza by Israel and the continued closure of the area have made life for ordinary citizens very difficult. Bombing raids have put everyone at risk and contributed to psychological wounds as well as physical ones. We urge both sides to stop attacks and move to the peace table. We encourage our members to sign and submit the Gaza postcards to your Congressional representatives. Those we receive without representatives listed are being delivered to the Presidential candidates.

We also are making plans for workshops at the National Congress in Iowa which will help to link Middle East issues to other relevant issues in WILPF work, such as disarmament, water, and racism.

March 11: Conference Call on Gaza and Military Aid to Israel

Call-In Number: 712-775-7000
Access code: 061252#

Tuesday, March 11
9 PM EST

WILPF's Women Challenge US Policy: Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East Campaign joins the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and United for Peace and Justice to invite you to a debriefing conference call on the massive military assault in the besieged Gaza Strip and the consequences of the increase in military aid to Israel requested by President Bush.

The massive Israeli military assault on Gaza of recent days is the most immediately murderous part of a series of escalating regional crises that are rippling across the Middle East, involving Palestine and Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria -- and U.S. warships moving into strategic positions off the Lebanese coast.

In Gaza, Israel's attack killed between 125 and 131 Palestinians, of whom half were civilians, and at least 22 of whom were children, including several infants. The attack devastated Gaza's 1.5 million residents already suffering under what a coalition of British humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International and Oxfam called "worse than at any time since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation in 1967."

The United States should be cutting off military aid to Israel for its human rights abuses and violations of the U.S. Arms Export Control and Foreign Assistance Acts, not increasing it.

Join Phyllis Bennis on the conference call!

"The Crisis in Gaza" - a WILPF Declaration

"The Crisis in Gaza" - a WILPF Declaration

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section (WILPF US), having considered reports of an escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza including Israel's continuing siege, deprivation, bombardment, and military assault upon the citizens of Gaza resulting in civilian deaths and countless injuries during the past months and that indiscriminate random rocket attacks have been launched from Gaza into Israel resulting in a number of injuries to Israeli citizens;

Taking note of statements by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that "Gaza's border closures are without precedent," leaving Palestinians "effectively incarcerated...without fuel and spare parts, public health conditions are declining steeply as water and sanitation services struggle to function. The electricity supply is sporadic,"

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The Effects of War on Women and the Environment in Israel/Palestine

You are invited to a conference:

The Effects of War on Women and the Environment in Israel/Palestine

Foundry United Methodist Church at 16th and P Streets NW,

Washington, DC on October 19th, 2007 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The intention of the gathering is to:

  • Raise awareness of the disparate effect of the continued conflict on women.
  • Get the facts about the exploitation of water and other natural resources in the region.
  • Hear the voices and experiences of Israeli and Palestinian women.
  • Explore collaborative ways to repair damage done to women, their families, and to the environment.
  • Promote the United Nations Resolution 1325 for Women, Peace & Security

While Palestinian women living under Israeli occupation struggle with daily survival in the face of one of the most powerful militaries in the world, Israeli women live in a constant state of insecurity as a result of the conflict. The cycle of violence perpetuates itself and comes “home” to everyone.   We don’t pretend to have the answer to this centuries’ old struggle.  “Women to Women for Peace” have been promoting the strengthening of women’s role in peacemaking and intercultural understanding among women as a way to peace since 1981.

There Is No Military Solution To the Iranian Nuclear Situation

But there is a lot each one of us can do to build momentum for a peaceful solution: quality and quantity of non-governmental organization preparation for and

Educate yourself—use this information packet, gather and use the resources listed here, follow the news, and analyze the news you read.

Educate others—request additional information packets to distribute, copy this packet, organize a public program using the suggested speakers (list included), write letters to your local paper (sample included), talk to your friends and family and neighbours.

Speak up loud and clear—raise the urgent need for a peaceful solution (suggested solutions included) at every opportunity and public forum on the Middle East, war and peace events, and especially at rallies and programs calling for an end to the War against Iraq. We need to add the call for a peaceful resolution to the Iran crisis to all anti-war mobilizations.

WILPF Israel Section: Gaza 2007

The Israeli section watches the latest heartbreaking events in Gaza with pain and growing worry. We would like to offer our sympathy to all our Palestinian friends and our prayer and believe that the Palestinian people, who have manifested strength and courage during the prolonged Occupation, will overcome these black days, and rise over their difficulties to concentrate on their important struggle – the one for a just and honorable independence, alongside the State of Israel.

Read WILPF's recent statement of the Middle East Committee

Statement from WILPF Israel- 21 June 2007

Disaffirming Resolution 1325

by Jessica Lee

Preface


“We who face death” is how Zakia Hakki, an Iraqi judge, describes the women of Iraq.  While she was speaking at a panel during the 51st Commission on the Status of women, she herself was recovering from a knee injury, resulting from an assassination attempt.1



Since the 2003 U.S. invasion Iraqi women are suffering from a deteriorating infrastructure, social conservatism, and gender-based violence.  United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 affirms that armed conflict disproportionately affects civilian women and children, and that there exists the need to protect their rights. 2  The United States maintains that Resolution 1325 was implemented in the strategies for Iraq, yet the situation for Iraqi women has become dire.  In his December 2005 speech, President Bush discussed “our efforts to help the Iraqi people build a lasting democracy in the heart of the Middle East”—efforts which would “protect the interests of all Iraqi people.”3   Unfortunately, the U.S. intervention in overthrowing the Ba’ath regime has not democratized Iraq, but instead has instigated a civil war.  As Zachia Hakki says, “There’s no longer one Saddam, but hundreds of ‘Saddams.’”4



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A Call to International actions against the siege on Gaza


Stop the Siege! Stop the War!

A month of protest: November 4 – December 2, 2006

Aliyah Strauss On Uprising Radio

Aliyah Strauss, Chair of the Israel section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, long-time member of Women in Black, performer with The Raging Grannies in Israel is interviewed on Uprising Radio. Aliyah speaks here on the recent war in Lebanon as well Israel's brutal incursions in Gaza this summer.

click here to listen 

‘Never Again’ Does Not Mean ‘An Eye For An Eye’

By Lucinda Marshall

18 August,2006
Countercurrents.org

My family is Jewish. When I was growing up, we were taught to love mercy, do justice and walk humbly. The lessons of the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist were drummed into us. Never again, we said.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Denounces Escalation of Military Aggression in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom deplores the escalation of violence in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially Gaza, and in Israel.

We condemn the targeting of civilians and destruction of civilian infrastructure by all parties and, in particular, the excessive disproportionate military retaliation by Israel as violations of international law.

Report from the Palestine Section

  1.  Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and Isolate the Gaza Strip from the Outside World

     The outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:

    35 Palestinians have been killed by IOF (3 have been extra-judicially executed

    More than 100 Palestinian civilians, including 30 children, have been wounded by the IOF gunfire.

    air-to-surface missiles and hundreds of artillery shells have been fired at Palestinian civilians and military targets in the Gaza Strip.

    Two buildings of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, the office of the Palestinian Prime Minister and a number of educational institutions have been destroyed. 

     3 bridges linking Gaza City with the southern Gaza Strip and 3 roads in Khan Yunis and al-Nusairat have been destroyed.

WILPF condemns Israel's use of Collective Punishment and Illegal Detention

29 June 2006

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section calls upon the US government to unequivocally condemn Israeli use of collective punishment and illegal detention.

April 2006 Statement

The United States Section of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (US WILPF) deplores the US government's continued use of military force to secure access to resources and to maintain control over other nations. The illegal wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, and US military and economic support for Israel's occupation of Palestine have destabilized the region, caused extensive human suffering, and destroyed the infrastructure of the occupied territories.

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