The Center for Women & Democracy Delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories came away changed in the depth of our understanding of the conflicts and complexity of this amazing part of the world. From day we met women leaders who shared with us a picture of an Israel divided
Ghadir Kamal Meriach, Israel's national news anchor for Channel 1's evening news cast, joined the Center for Women & Democracy's delegation for an informed conversation about the news and politics in Israel. What we got was also an informed conversation about how the U.S. can learn from Israel's journey under a
Knesset Member Aida Touma-Sliman serves as the chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality. An Israeli Arab, Touma-Sliman told Center for Women & Democracy delegates that chairing the committee on women allows her to take up issues affecting all areas of life, family life, business life,
Center for Women & Democracy delegates enjoy an early morning jazz set at Ein Hod Artists Village near Haifa. Built on Mount Carmel, the village is a thriving community of Israeli artists. To live in the community, residents agree to create art and to make their art available to the public.
Center for Women & Democracy Delegates visit a fishing village in one of the most low income communities in Israel for a lunch of local fish in view of downtown Tel Aviv. Families and young people fill the beach and peer into the tide pools.
The Center for Women & Democracy delegates paused for a moment of reflection in a public square in the center for Tel Aviv where Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated at the conclusion of a peace rally at the site on November 4, 1995.
The Center for Women & Democracy pictured with the Young Women's Parliament. The organization brings together high school age girls who are Jewish, Muslim and Christian in order to create relationships and bridge divides. Based outside Tel Aviv, the young women discussed with our delegates everything from marriage laws to
We met with Vera George Mousa Baboun, the first woman to be mayor of Bethlehem. A Palestinian Christian, Mayor Vera shared with us that Bethlehem is a city of peace yet a city divided by walls and check points. "We are a strangulated city, with no room for expansion due to
At the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy, we meet with Mr. Naseef Mu'allem and a woman staffer who talk about their work promoting democracy in the West Bank and as a critical step in democracy promoting women's participation. They work with youth to teach the reasons for and practice
We visit a planned city for 25,000 Palestinians that is being developed by Bashar Masri, among the richest people world. A Palestinian himself, he is building as a business model for what he hopes is a future Palestinian State. For now we visit a city under construction dozens of buildings
Rabbi Susan Silverman of the Women at the Wall, a Jerusalem based organization that advocates to keep part of the Western Wall open so women can pray there. Historically, only men prayed at the wall. But in recent decades the Women at the Wall organized first to protest the lack
Delegates walk toward the Ethiopian Coptic Church that will be our entrance to the Holy Sepulcher. Amazing at time, and packed with tourists speaking all different languages, and the faithful with all different religious practices. The mass of humanity is overwhelming at times. But for the first day of our
As the Center for Women & Democracy’s delegation to Israel begin, we are excited to begin meeting with women leaders in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Our meetings with Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders will give us a chance to exchange ideas and share insights.
While our busy delegation is already booked with meetings for our delegates with the amazing women of this region, we are also taking some time out to learn about the deep history that touches so many world traditions.