An Open Letter To A Foreign Correspondent Who lives In Israel / Orna Raz, Times of Israel, 19.11.16

Dear S.

I was saddened by your decision not to report about The March Of Hope, one of the most significant events that took place in Israel in recent years. You write that the march of Women Wage Peace did not interest the newspapers that you were writing for, and that the spotlight was on other places in the world. I am not surprised to learn that the world is not interested in thousands of women in Israel who are marching for peace.

But as you live in Israel and cover our news you must be aware that Women Wage Peace is the largest non-partisan grassroots movement in Israel. In the two years since its inception, in the midst of Operation Protective Edge, thousands of women, from all walks of life holding different political positions, have joined in

Women Wage Peace is a single-issue movement, its goal is to put an end to the conflict with the Palestinians through a viable political agreement. This stand is unique, as the movement doesn’t believe in endorsing one specific solution. Instead it is open to an array of possibilities and does not presume to offer an answer.

Yes I realize that it sounds naïve, but as women we know that when we open our minds and hearts we are able to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions. Actually I feel that Women Wage Peaceis the fruit of this way of thinking. The women in the movement believe that after so many years of tenacious conflict there is a need to change the approach toward finding a solution.

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