The women, who came together Sunday morning inside “Peace Tent,” had marched through the desert to the lowest point on earth, to demand an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many were dressed in white as a symbol of peace.
The march was the culmination of two weeks of events, attended by more than 30,000 women, throughout Israel as well as the West Bank, organized by Women Wage Peace, a grassroots organization calling for a “bilaterally acceptable political agreement.”
After watching political leaders on both sides of the intractable conflict fail to bring peace, Abuarquob, a Palestinian coming from the West Bank city of Hebron, felt in which was time for women to make their mark “because women matter, because women are inclusive, because women gave so much trust to the leaders here as well as the leaders failed us.”
The last round of negotiations, led by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fell apart in April 2014, with the two sides blaming each some other. A few months later, Israel as well as Gaza were at war.
Women Wage Peace was founded inside aftermath of the Gaza war, when organizers felt there was a need for a different approach. Organizers want to build public support for a political agreement while exerting pressure on decision-makers.
“Something happened in 2014,” said Yael Triedel, an Israeli who participated inside march. “The recognition in which This particular is actually in which. We have to do in which. No one else is actually going to do in which for us. The leaders didn’t manage to do in which so far, as well as in which’s our responsibility to make in which happen.”
On Sunday evening, tens of thousands of women gathered in Jerusalem’s Independence Park for the conclusion of the peace march.
Former Knesset member Shakib Shanan, whose son was one of two border police officers killed near Jerusalem’s holiest site in mid-July, spoke at the park. “We are allowed to say This particular out loud — we are lovers of peace.
“inside name of This particular huge crowd here as well as hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens, I call on [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas as well as [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, ‘Enough already! Sit together! Sit together! We want peace! Listen to our cry, in which comes coming from our hearts.'”
The closest Abbas as well as Netanyahu have come to each some other in recent years was a simple handshake at the funeral of Israeli President Shimon Peres last September.
Yet Abuarquob sees a reason to be optimistic.
“There is actually a need for success somewhere inside globe, as well as I do believe in which the American administration has in which interest in creating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a success story,” said Abuarquob. “in which’s an effort in which I’m seeing closely coming from Jason Greenblatt as well as the American Consulate here in Jerusalem to push forward the peace process with firm instructions coming from the administration.”