Elana Sztokman

Marching for Change

For two weeks this fall, hundreds of women and some men—Muslim and Jewish, Israeli and Arab and Druze—traversed Israel, north to south. They walked through the country, staging public events along the way and holding banners demanding that the leaders of the two sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict sit down at the negotiating table and come to a peace agreement. The group Women Wage Peace, organizers of the march, called it the March of Hope. At its finale at the Dead Sea, over 4,000 women held a joint Jewish-Muslim prayer for peace. That evening, more than 15,000 gathered outside the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem calling for action.

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