By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate* – TRANSCEND Media Service
‘Spirit of Resilience’ Empowering Palestinian Women, Ramallah March 19th, 2015
I write to send you my love and greetings.
I am sorry I cannot be with you all to attend your very important Women’s’ Conference, as I am banned, by the Israeli Government from entering Israel/Palestine, due to my peaceful ‘Free Gaza’ activities.
However, I am with you in a spirit of love, friendship, admiration, and an abiding hope and belief in each one of you and all you do for women’s freedom, and Human Rights including the civil rights of Health Care, Development, etc.,
As Women living in the midst of an Israeli occupation, built on an Apartheid System, you know the high cost emotionally/psychologically/physically and financially of the Israeli military occupation.
Your solutions, including working for an end to the repression and occupation, the right to self-determination and a Palestine built on human rights and international law, has the support of millions of people around the world who recognize the injustice of the Israeli Military occupation of Palestine.
In meeting your responsibility to resist such injustice being perpetrated upon your entire civilian population, we applaud and totally support your ‘spirit of resistance’ and nonviolent, peaceful civil resistance.
You rightly, start your work for peace and justice within your own lives, in your communities, and in Palestine, and you courageously recognize the need to make peace with your Israeli brothers and sisters.
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