In addition, two Knesset members, Mossi Raz and Nira Shpak participated. Knesset member Shpak , a resident of the area, informed us that she is trying to set up a special Caucus for the Gaza border region. Other participants included members of various organizations such as Voice of Mothers, Other Voice, the Lighthouse, the Future of the Western Negev.
The title of the Cabinet: From Words to Actions . We met in order to discover what is shared among the diverse voices from the region, and what is shared with Women Wage Peace.
The Cabinet began with an “aquarium” of personal stories which included loss of a child, loss of a grandchild, raising a child with PTSD and everyday life with PTSD. Afterwards, former Knesset member Meli Polishuk spoke about tools with which citizens can influence decision makers; she emphasized the importance of the direct communication between the Knesset and the residents of the region.
This was followed by discussion groups: Peace and Security, Economy, Education and Community, Let our Voice be Heard. After summaries were presented in the plenum, areas of cooperation between the residents and WWP were defined.
A Facebook and an Instagram page “Life on the Gaza Border – Things you Must Know” were created as a result of the cabinet.
The team which worked on the project and the Cabinet will meet to define their next steps. In addition, we will follow Knesset member Shpak’s plans to establish the Caucus .
The Project which encouraged tours and meetings in the South, made it clear that a political agreement is urgent. We will continue to demand that the decision makers leave no stone unturned to find an honorable agreement with our neighbors.