Gila Svirsky

Gila Svirsky is a veteran peace and human rights activist, having headed some of the major peace and human rights organizations in Israel -- the New Israel Fund, B'Tselem, and Bat Shalom. She has been a member of Women in Black since its inception, and co-founded the Coalition of Women for Peace, which brings together nine Israeli women's peace organizations. E-mail: gsvirsky@netvision.net.il

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Uncommon Dream About the UN
Here's what I imagine: Abbas at the podium, dwarfed by the cold marble wall behind him, the quintessential small, gray man, no charisma, no management skills, no bridging vision, not even a modest word "leader" associated with his name, and asks, halting, please, if the audience would kindly allow Palestine to call itself a state. No borders, no freedom of movement, no autonomy, just statehood. Just the word. Say it. Please.
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Friday, March 13, 2009
In Memory of Rachel Corrie
I was not present in Rafah that terrible day, 16 March 2003, but I have frequently replayed in my mind the events leading up to the moment when a bulldozer rolled over Rachel Corrie. I think to myself: What compelled this young woman, neither Jewish nor Palestinian, to travel 10,000 miles from home, throw in her lot with a family not her own, a people not her own, and ultimately meet a death that came suddenly, swiftly, in an instant of shocked comprehension.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Occupation? Fuggedaboudit!
What a stroke of luck - 10 days before a war breaks out in Lebanon, we buy an apartment in Nahariya.
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