Yesterday on 9th of Av, in the tent of Women Wage Peace, there were more fasting women than usual, as women fasted to commemorate ancient and recent national tragedies.
Some calamities are inevitable, when we lost the brakes in our car on the highway in Italy, we knew that we were going to hit the car in front of us.
But the last war, known by the euphemistic nameOperation Protective Edge, was not one of those tragedies.
Few days after the beginning of the war in July 2014, in the Israeli Arab town of Tira, more than thousand people gathered at the center of town taking part in the demonstration: “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.” They were speeches pleading that it was still not too late to stop the war, many people carried signs in Hebrew and in Arabic. One woman stood next to the stage throughout the event, holding a big sign in Hebrew “Jewish and Arab women refuse to be enemies.”
The women of Women Wage Peace want to make sure that this time, someone will actually see the signs, listen to reason and take action.
They have been camping in a tent outside the home of the Prime Minister since July 9, 2015, exactly a year after the beginning ofOperation Protective Edge. On that day, they started a fifty day fast to commemorate the fifty days of the war. The women of Women Wage Peace are calling on the government to return tonegotiations with the Palestinians.