Thousands gather to wage peace in Jerusalem, by Mara Vigevani – TPS, 23.9.18
Some 4,500 women, Jews and Arabs alike, religious and secular, all dressed in white and turquoise, slowly made their way from Jaffa gate in Jerusalem’s Old City towards Independence park on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
The rally was organised by Women Wage Peace, a grassroots movement that was founded four years ago following Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 Gaza war, to “prevent the next war and to promote a non-violent, respectful, and mutually accepted solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within a limited time” according to the group’s mission statement.
The gathering was the climax of a series of events over the past two weeks. Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women sang the American civil rights anthem “We shall Overcome” in three languages at Avital Volcanic Park on the Golan Heights close to the border with Syria; at Kibbutz Hanita and Kibbutz Maoz Haim along the Israel-Jordan Border; at Kibbutz Nir Am on the Gaza; on the border with Egypt near Eilat; and in Umm Al-Fahm, an Israeli Arab village close to the West Bank.