Join the UK Task Force, New Israel Fund, and Oasis of Peace UK for a lecture and discussion on women’s contributions to the promotion of equal and peaceful Jewish-Arab relations in Israel, and the struggles they face in doing so.
Women are a significant driving force in grassroots social movements in Israel. Perhaps this is because of, what Samah Salaime describes as, an ‘inherent link’ between the struggle for gender equality and the struggle for equality and peace more broadly. Both women face difficulties in their work for a shared society but Palestinian women citizens of Israel have more to lose due to a combination of their gender and their status as part of a national minority. How can Jewish and Palestinian Israeli women overcome such obstacles to best acknowledge and support each other? What broader lessons can be learned from their experiences of working together for peace, equality and human rights? How can these lessons be applied to educational projects that prepare the next generation to work together for equality and peace across genders and peoples?
To address these questions our two speakers will draw on both their work and their experiences of life at Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam (NS/WaS), a community where Jewish and Palestinian Israeli have chosen to live together in peace and equality.
Samah Salaime is a columnist and campaigner for equality and peace, and in 2015, received a Human rights Award from the New Israel Fund UK for her work with AWC (Arab Women in the Center), using her experience in social work to help countless Palestinian Israeli women in central Israel.
Adi Lustigman, an eminent lawyer specialising in family and residential law, volunteers for numerous human rights causes, and has coordinated a women’s network for Amnesty International. Like Samah, Adi chose to move her young family to NS/WaS over a decade ago because she wanted her children to grow up where there is equality and respect for all people, religions and cultures.
This event is held in partnership with Oasis of Peace UK and New Israel Fund UK