Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Women in Black

Fri 30 Oct

Every Friday lunchtime a group of Israeli women hold a demonstration against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Terrirtories. They dress in black, and stand in a little square in the centre of Jerusalem near the residence of the prime minister.

Jenny and her group were taking part in the demonstration that afternoon, so we went along with them, and chatted with some of the demonstrators. They get a mixed reception from passers-by, ranging from encouragement to abuse, but they come back every week to make their point, and have been doing so for over 20 years.

After the demo we managed to grab a standing lunch in the last sandwich shop still open - Shabat was closing in fast. Jenny's group then went on to a meeting with the Campaign against House Demolitions, who try to support Palestinians whose houses are torn down to make way for the expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

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