Protest against Israel’s attack on Gaza in London tomorrow

If you’re in London tomorrow, there’s a protest against the Israeli government’s attack on Gaza, which has so far led to at least 400 deaths – the UN believes at least 100 of the people killed were civilians, according to the BBC.

Full details of tomorrow’s protest, which starts at 12.30pm at Embankment, are available on the Stop the War website.

If you’re interested in why this is a feminist issue, you might want to check out the statement released by the Coalition of Women for Peace, which includes Israeli and Palestinian women’s and feminist groups, yesterday condemning the continued attacks:

We women’s peace organizations from a broad spectrum of political views demand an end to the bombing and other tools of death, and call for the immediate start of deliberations to talk peace and not make war. The dance of death and destruction must come to an end. We demand that war no longer be an option, nor violence a strategy, nor killing an alternative. The society we want is one in which every individual can lead a life of security – personal, economic, and social.

It is clear that the highest price is paid by women and others from the periphery – geographic, economic, ethnic, social, and cultural – who now, as always, are excluded from the public eye and dominant discourse.

The time for women is now. We demand that words and actions be conducted in another language.

Ahoti: For Women in Israel

Anuar: Jewish and Arab Women Leadership

ASWAT- Palestinian Gay Women

Artemis: Economic Society for Women

Bat Shalom

Coalition of Women for Peace

Economic Empowerment for Women

Feminancy: College for Women’s Empowerment

Feminist Activist Group – Jerusalem

Feminist Activist Group – Tel Aviv

International Women’s Commission: Israeli Branch

Isha L’Isha: Haifa Feminist Center

Itach: Women Lawyers for Social Justice

Kol Ha-Isha: Jerusalem Women’s Center

Mahut Center: Information, Training, and Employment for Women

Shin Movement: Equal Representation for Women

Supportive Community: Women’s Business Development Center

Tandi – Movement of Democratic Women

Tmura: The Israeli Antidiscrimination Legal Center

University against Harassment – Tel Aviv

Women and their Bodies

Women’s Parliament

Women’s Spirit: Financial Independence for Women Victims of Violence

The coalition was protesting in Haifa tonight, and will hold another protest on the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday. According to Arutz Sheva:

Feminist groups and pundits were the first to come out against the Gaza operation from its outset. In an op-ed for Maariv/NRG Sunday, feminist activist Dorit Rabinovich called upon Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to oppose the war.

“In a move that is nothing but pure chauvinism and sexism, made up of slogans about invasion, occupation, penetration and a disregard for the will of the public in the country, this is Livni’s time to say ‘enough’ to the government’s rape of society,” she wrote.

Rabinovich predicted that soon, hundreds of thousands would take to the streets against the war, and the pundits will also come out against it. As a precedent she cited the successful protest by women’s groups against the IDF security zone in Lebanon, which was aided by feminist journalists like Shelly Yechimovich (now a Labor MK). That movement is credited with causing then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s decision to withdraw from Lebanon in 2000.

On Monday, a coalition of Israeli women’s groups filed a complaint against Israel to the United Nations Security Council. The groups claimed that Israel is not complying with a law passed in 2005 that requires the participation of women in the Israeli government’s decision-making forums.