II. Seeking Peace Bulletin
THE WORK OF THE PEACE CAMP CONTINUES . . .
Over 10,000 peace activists gathered in Tel Aviv last Saturday evening and marched from Rabin Square to the Ministry of Defense. The rally program, organized by Peace Now and the Peace Coalition, included speeches from Yossi Beilin, a bereaved mother, and a 16-year old student activist. Signs included "No to an Unnecessary War" and "End the Occupation."
. . . AS A JEWISH-ARAB CAMP IN THE GALILEE ENDS ANOTHER SUMMER . . .
94 kids, half-Jewish, half-Arab participated in a three-week summer camp in the Galilee. Shemesh, a non-profit organization committed to fostering greater understanding and coexistence between Arabs and Jews, runs the summer camp each year. Although numbers were lower than in previous summers, organizers were happy that, despite the given circumstances, the camp was able to continue and that parents continued to send their children.
. . . AND JEWISH AND ARAB YOUTH JOURNALISTS MEET IN DENMARK . . .
A delegation of over 30 youth, Israeli Jews, Palestinians, and Jordanians, participated in a seminar for young journalists, held in Denmark for the third year. The youngsters will become a part of the staff of the joint youth newspaper, “Crossing Borders.” At the end of the two weeks that included studies, workshops, tours and writing, the youth produced a new issue (Volume 2, Number 9) of the newspaper. For further information on the newspaper, please head to www.crossingborder.org.
. . . WHILE JEWS AND ARABS DISCUSS COEXISTENCE EDUCATION . . .
Sakhnin, an Israeli Arab village, was the location for a recent conference on “Difficulties in Education for Coexistence and Peace in the Current Period.” This was held in cooperation with the Meimad Party. Speakers included Prof. Gabi Salomon, Recipient of this year's Israel Prize for Education, Rabbi Yehuda Gilad of Meimad, Sheikh Mohammad Dahamshe from the Islamic Movement and Salem Jubran of Givat Haviva. The audience included dozens of Jewish residents of communities neighboring Sakhnin, who participated in the discussion.
. . . AND NEW NON-PROFIT FOR WORKING WOMEN IS FORMED
Women in Israel have consistently been one of the groups hit hardest by poverty. Immigrant and Arab women, especially when they are single mothers, are the most vulnerable. A new organization called “My Sister” has been formed in Israel to address the specific problems of working women, especially those in the lowest paying jobs. Their activities will include providing education to women about their rights in the workplace and advice for dealing with employers, and will help to resolve specific problems that arise on the job.