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Palestinian Women For Peace

Palestinian Women For Peace

Palestinian Women for Peace

Angham Youssef “Media Activist”
In order to contribute to the preservation of the nationalistic and social fabric which we Palestinian women struggle to contain, we must see to it that the need to end the divide in our country comes with great urgency as it has had a tremendous effect on us women by diminishing our existence on a political, social, economic and cultural level. 
Every woman in this country has stood side by side in our national struggle for freedom, so why can’t we now join in unison to take part in the reform and reconciliation process aimed at reinforcing the rights of our people? Our people who for twelve long years have suffered from poverty and unemployment and the rising cost of living…there must be a quick solution to end the Palestinian divide.
There is no saying where things are heading for us and where we will end up!

Zainab al Astal – Socio-political and Women’s Rights Activist
In light of the ongoing stagnation of the peace process, and the increase of poverty and unemployment that has affected nearly two million Palestinians living under siege, I demand that female nationalistic entities be involved in the peace talks in order to seek to find solutions to the crises that have risen as a result of the Palestinian divide. I demand that there be present a femalePalestinian delegate who may observe the peace talks in Cairo, Egypt and inform the public of the obstacles, and obstructing parties, that stand in the way of the reconciliation process. For after the successive failures and feelings depression that has swept across the country, we need someone to keep a mind’s eye on the reconciliation process while regarding us as key partners in the nationalistic struggle for freedom.

Kawthar Sider – Lawyer and Legal Rights Activist
The reconciliation process must be conducted under the recognition of human dignity on an international level in order to preserve Palestinians’ will to carry on with life in a semi-normal fashion, to say the least, considering the status quo is inconsistent with the law and it is inapplicable to what some would call a “normal life” which should be guaranteed by internal bylaws or by regional or international conventions. As one may surely notice, there are shortcomings in our legal policies due to internal, as well as external, factors; therefore, let us free ourselves from siege and divide in order that we may think of a rational approach to ending this occupation.

Halimah Abu Hijair – Writer and Social Rights Activist 
I am a Palestinian woman from Gaza whose community has been ripped apart by the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian divide (which has been ongoing for twelve years counting). 
The Palestinian political factions were once in favor of joining hands to build a prosperous nation and continue its struggle against the Illegal Occupation Forces. 
I demand these factions cease creating internal conflict - one that can be compared to a sickness being inflicted on the people of this country; the tensions you have created among Palestinians has left us divided and our cause is now gone with the wind. 
Palestinians cannot work for their livelihood for we have seen unemployment rates increase due to the tightened siege on the Gaza Strip and the sanctions imposed on it by ruling forces. 
We view Palestine’s reconciliation with Egypt as a bridging of the gap created by the divide: this is our chance to reemerge as a people united in their struggle; it is our time to build a better nation for future generation