Women’s Groups Speak on Middle East Conflict

Friday July 30, 2004

As organizations committed to international disarmament and to the rights of all people to live unhindered by oppression, we believe in the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to self-representation and collective sovereignty. We further advocate the following conditions for a just peace: 

1. An immediate cessation of hostilities by both parties. 

2. Deployment of an international peacekeeping force monitored by the Secretary General of the UN and Israeli and Palestinian women’ s peace organizations, which would help protect the Palestinian and Israeli people and would facilitate the resumption of serious negotiations between the parties in conflict. 

3. United States aid to Israel, including aid in the form of loan guarantees, to be dependent on Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories. 

4. Cessation of direct US military aid to nations involved in the Middle East conflict. 

5. An end to the military and economic siege and the blockade on the free movement of people, materials and food supplies imposed on the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip 

6. Cessation by all parties of the use of internationally prohibited weapons. 

7. Total and immediate freeze of all settlements. 

8. Israel’ s return to the 1967 borders, with minor modifications to incorporate some of the West Bank border settlements into Israel, and the Palestinians to receive an equal amount of land of equal value at another place at the border. 

9. Resumption of permanent status negotiations, including Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, borders, settlements, security, equitable distribution of all natural resources, including water. All other basic issues should be resolved with the aim of fully implementing UN Security Council Resolutions 242 (Nov., 1967) and 338 (1973). 

10. Protection of all holy and religious sites and the establishment of the right of all people in Jerusalem to worship freely at their respective 



This statement, as of July 19, 2004, is the position of Women for Peace, and of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, both located at 2302 Ellsworth St., Berkeley. www.womenforpeace.org.