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Israeli and Palestinian Women in Dialogue. INTERVIEW QUESTIONS. *1. What is your organizational structure? * 2. What specific projects are you engaged in? * 3. Does your organizations include women of all economic classes and educational backgrounds?.

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interview questions

*1. What is your organizational structure?

* 2. What specific projects are you engaged in?

* 3. Does your organizations include women of all economic classes and educational backgrounds?


*4. What peace projects are you engaged in

a. with your own population?

b. across cultural and religious borders?

* 5. What are the primary obstacles to working with women from the other side?

* 6. Do you feel marginalized by your own society as a result of your solidarity work with women from the other side?


*7. Does your solidarity work put you in danger?

* 8. What has been the impact of the Israeli incursion on the women of your organization and their families?

* 9. How did your organization respond to these events?

*10. What is the difference between women's response to the first Intifada and the Al-Aqsa Intifada?


11. How do women typically network with each other?

12. What happens to these networks in times of crisis?

13. Do you see any role for women in establishing a break-through in higher-level peace negotiations?

14. How do you think violence impacts women and children on the other side?


15.What sort of peaceful vision do you hold for the future?

16. What is the best approach to gaining more visibility for women's peacemaking efforts?

17. What public relations efforts do you make on behalf of your organization?

18. What happened to Women and Peace umbrella organization?


19. Which is more important: solidarity with w women or solidarity with your culture?

20. How is your organization viewed by male leaders in your culture?

damascus gate east jerusalem
Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem

Damascus Gate, East Jerusalem


Older Palestinian

women vendors selling vegetables

beit safafa
Beit Safafa

Beit Safafa, Arab village absorbed by Jerusalem

maya shamas
Maya Shamas

Executive Director, Women’s Center for Legal Aid & Counseling


Palestinian Women operate within five different discourses:

  • Humanitarian law discourse
  • Nationalist discourse
  • Traditional gender roles
  • Islamist discourse
  • Women’s human rights and development rights discourse

Bat Shalom is currently conducting a campaign urging women to boycott products made in the Israeli settlements:

wine, biscuits, hummus, ready-made salads, baked goods, mineral water, and many other items.


The Evil Fence:

 A Ghetto for the Palestinians, A Disaster for the Israelis

There is no substitute for the Green Line

as a border of peace between Israel and Palestine.

As long as the occupation continues

without peace or borders, no wall will help.

A border of peace will do away with the need for a wall.

Bat Shalom – Gush Shalom – Coalition of Women for a Just Peace

university of tel aviv
University of Tel Aviv

University of Tel Aviv



for the Civil-ization of Israeli Society

women refuse


We, Israeli women - Jewish and Palestinian - oppose the occupation of the Palestinian people and refuse to take part in any of its destructive aspects.

what women refuse
What Women Refuse
  • We refuse to live as enemies.
  • We refuse to fulfill the roles that women are expected to fulfill during wartime.
  • We refuse to pay the economic and social price of the Occupation.
  • We refuse to be ignorant and to succumb to terrorizing and silencing.
  • We refuse to raise children to war, poverty and oppression.
  • We refuse to remain silent.
we believe
We believe
  • A collective refusal of women can

change reality. A feminine refusal means an alternative voice and a language opposed to the language of power.


"...When the women of Israel and the women of Palestine get together and demand peace, and demand an end to violence, then we will have a political solution.…" New Profile web page


Powerpoint Presentation Prepared by

Janet M. Powers

Associate Professor

Interdiciplinary Studies


Women’s Studies

Gettysburg College