The Women Wage Peace movement ended a 50-day protest fast Wednesday with a rally outside the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem, where they urged Benjamin Netanyahu to obtain a peace agreement.
Hundreds of women from throughout the country attended — Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, native Israelis and new immigrants.
For 50 days, the length of last summer’s war in Gaza, the women staffed a protest tent outside the residence. They took it down every night because the municipality did not let them sleep there.
They fasted in shifts of 25 to 50 hours each. Organizers said some 300 women and men from 114 localities took part.
During the vigil they were visited by politicians from across the political spectrum — from Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) on the right to MK Dov Khenin (Joint Arab List) on the left — as well as authors, artists and ordinary people. But not Netanyahu.
Zohara Antebi, a leader of the Four Mothers movement that successfully advocated for an Israeli pullout from Lebanon in the 1990s, was one faster. “Persistence is women’s secret, and it’s what will crack the intolerable reality,” she said. “A woman can’t stand a situation where they tell her there’s no solution.”