The Jayyous Women's Charitable Society founded in 1980 in Qalqilya, Palestine,
is leading a women's march to the West Gate of the Separation Wall on Thursday
October 23 at 8 am (see their email below). The Global Women's Strike has
been in touch with them and issued the following statement of support.
The Strike will be holding a support action at lunchtime in the center
of Galway as part of Palestine Support Week in Ireland North and South.
In London the weekly Anti-War Community Picket in Parliament Square will
give the latest news. The US Strike network is working to get media coverage
of the March.
Please circulate widely, add your name to the statement and send it
back to us (see contact emails below) so we can put together a list of
endorsers, and send emails to the Jayyous women at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Message of Support from the Global Women's Strike to the Jayyous Women's
'WOMEN MARCH AGAINST THE WALL
Mothers demand right to feed their children'
Jayyous, Qalqilya, Palestine October 23, 2003
We send love and solidarity for your March that expresses women's absolute
opposition to the Wall's ghettoisation of Palestinian society, the theft
of its land, and the genocide of its people. You act for women all over
the world who face unending violence, as well as for all - Muslim, Jewish,
Christian, atheist . . . - who oppose the particular form of apartheid
you confront daily.
We are women from an international network which has been campaigning
since 1972 to make visible women's unwaged caring work and our right to
society's support for this work. Our central demand is that society Invest
in Caring, not Killing, and that military budgets be returned first of
all to carers.
The struggle in Palestine is portrayed as a struggle only of men. Yet
it is clear that the Occupation which has imposed racist violence, heartbreak
and loss on the entire population, also has meant a tremendous workload
for women. Without the caring work that women do, families and communities
would not survive or be able to sustain the extraordinary resistance to
the occupying force that we witness every day. Yet women's vital contribution
to this struggle is hidden and unrecognised, and women's demands are as
invisible as our work.
The Occupation of Palestine is never connected with any other imperialist
occupation - just as the holocaust against Jewish people has been disconnected
from the many holocausts, beginning with that of Indigenous people and
enslaved Africans hundreds of years ago, which continue to this day.
All over the world, populations are organising massive resistance to
US economic domination enforced by military might. US military spending
is more than half of the $900+ billion world expenditure. Israel, the US
policeman in the Middle East, is the third largest world military power.
From Colombia and Venezuela to Angola and Congo, Vietnam and East Timor,
we have faced invasions, military dictatorships, coups, death squads, assassinations,
disappearances . . . We have had governments forced on us, while those
we have chosen were eliminated. And every time, it is women, starting with
mothers, who have organised for the right to survival and to food for our
children, spearheading movements which have led to the defeat of our oppressors.
In London (England), Galway (Ireland) and some US cities we hold weekly
pickets against the occupation and exploitation of Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan,
Congo and other countries where imperial powers are perpetrating genocide
for the benefit of corporations and political and military domination.
Women in our network have held anti-war actions in many countries. We bear
witness in order to save lives by publicising and supporting the struggles
of our sisters in Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere.
Today, we will publicise your March on our pickets and through whatever
media we have access to. We are with you, women of Jayyous; we are with
you, women of Palestine; we are with you today and every day until the
walls and those who build them fall.
Global Women's Strike
Argentina, England, Guyana, India, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Trinidad &
Tobago, Uganda, United States, Venezuela
Original Message From International Solidarity Movement
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
October 21, 2003 For Immediate Release
WOMEN MARCH AGAINST THE WALL
Mothers demand right to feed their children
[Jayyous, Qalqilya] For the first time since the construction of the
Separation Wall, Jayyous women will collectively demonstrate their opposition
to the Israeli Occupation and the confiscation of their farmland. The Jayyous
Women's Charitable Society will be organizing and leading a women's march
on Thursday, October 23 beginning at 8 am. The march will proceed from
the Jayyous Charitable Society Building down to the West Gate of the Separation
The Wall is built 6 km inside the Green Line, cutting through Jayyous
farmland and impeding the natural agricultural cycle and olive harvest.
The farmland in Jayyous, and all over the West Bank, provides the major
source of income to Palestinian families, and the recent gate closures
mean financial crisis for much of the local community. International women
are invited to join the women of Jayyous in solidarity to draw attention
to the suffering of men, women, and children.
The Jayyous Women's Charitable Society was founded in 1980 to promote
the social, political and economic development of women in Jayyous. The
Society currently has 200 active members in the 3,000 person town.
For more information please contact:
For transportation information please contact:
The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led nonviolent
initiative supported by International Peace Activists from all over the
world. ISM aims towards ending the Israeli Occupation in Palestine through
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