Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women were due to end a two-week peace march across Israel and the occupied West Bank on Sunday in Jerusalem to « demand a peace deal » between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Women Wage Peace movement organized the march to raise voices of « women from the right, the left, Jews and Arabs, from the cities and the periphery and we have decided that we will stop the next war,, « said one of the organizers Marie-Lyne Smadja. « Israeli women want to prevent the next war if possible and try as soon as possible to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, » said Smadja.
Her fellow organizer, Huda Abuarquob, a Palestinian from Hebron in the occupied West Bank, said: « This march is not just another protest, but a way of saying that we want peace, and together we can obtain it. »
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The peace march started on September 24 in several locations across Israel and the West Bank. « We must come together to be able to reach the peace that we all want, » said Michal Froman, who was stabbed by a Palestinian in January 2016 while pregnant. « As a religious woman, I say that to not believe in peace is to not believe in God. »
Formed shortly after the Gaza War in 2014, Women Wage Peace is an Israeli grassroots peace movement. Its primary goal is to pressure the Israeli government into achieving a « bilaterally acceptable political agreement » to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a target date of 2018.