2010 Women’s Cooperative Speaking Tour Update

Thanks to your support, the At-Tuwani Women’s Cooperative tour was a tremendous success!  Over 7 days, Keifah and her husband spoke with approximately 600 people in seven cities and raised over 1,000 euros for the Women’s Cooperative.  Keifah also built connections with members of the Italian peace organization Pax Cristi and several women’s organizations. We are excited to see what new opportunities these relationships bring to At-Tuwani.

Keifah spoke about the development of the At-Tuwani women’s cooperative and its work to support women and children and resist the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  She described how the women’s cooperative started with 7 women and faced the objections of men in the village. Now, the women’s cooperative has 38 members and supports women’s education and organizes a summer camp.  “We want our children to know that life isn’t just filled with violence, that there are good things in life too.”  Keifah also spoke about how women were able to build the clinic in the day time and face down the Israeli military  in the village’s struggle to get electricity.  She also invited people to become involved in their work – to work together for a world free from oppression.

Keifah’s husband spoke about his experiences as a prisoner inside Israeli jails.  He spoke about how easily Palestinians can be arrested for nothing more than grazing their sheep and his experience of violence in jail.  Nasser also echoed Keifah’s call to work for peace.  He spoke about how the prophets of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all had the same message of peace.  It was extremely moving to listen to Keifah and her husband’s stories of resistance and hope.

We want to thank everyone how made this tour trip possible!

 



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