Israeli and Palestinian Women Tour Comes to Wellesley College Oct. 13

For immediate release:
Sept. 26, 2006

Jacob Pace, Partners for Peace, 202-689-9790;
Arlie Corday, Wellesley College, 781-283-3321,

“Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision” will be presented by, from left, Ghada Ageel of Khan Younis, Palestine; Rela Mazali of Herzlia, Israel, and Shireen Khamis of Beit Jala, Palestine.

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Three women, a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim, who are living the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, are traveling across the country to speak about their call for an end to war and suffering in the Middle East and to share their experiences and hopes for a just peace. On Friday, Oct. 13, at 11 am, they will bring their message to the Wellesley College campus. The event takes place in Collins Cinema.

Lawrence Rosenwald, the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English Literature at Wellesley, is teaching a course, “Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies,” this semester. His students will be among those attending the lecture.

“One lesson from the tour for Wellesley College students is to recognize the importance of women’s participation in social change efforts, from grassroots organizations,” Rosenwald said. “One is never too young or too old to get involved, even in the most apparently intractable situations.”

“Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision” will be presented by Ghada Ageel of Khan Younis, Palestine; Shireen Khamis of Beit Jala, Palestine; and Rela Mazali of Herzlia, Israel. On a national speaking tour for three weeks, from Oct. 7-24, they are addressing the realities of the conflict – the loss of family, the demolition of homes, persecution, occupation, violence, the separation barrier currently being constructed in the West Bank, Israel’s unilateral “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip, recent escalations of the conflict in Gaza and Lebanon and more. They say they are here to demonstrate that peace, while difficult, is possible.

Each woman lives the hardships of conflict and the tragedy of occupation in unique ways. Each has also witnessed the deterioration around them over the past six years of Israeli-Palestinian violence and the intermittent attempts to rekindle peace talks. They have made a commitment to address American audiences about their hopes for the future and what must be done to improve today’s unsteady situation.

The tour is the 12th National Jerusalem Women Speak tour organized by Partners for Peace, an organization that aims to help bring about a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The response to the tour in past years has been remarkable, say its organizers, who note that audiences have been fascinated and thrilled to hear these stories and to see that even today in the midst of the ongoing conflict there are Palestinians and Israelis willing to travel together to talk about their lives, their fears, their hopes and their work for a just and sustainable peace.

The event is sponsored by the Wellesley Centers for Women and Wellesley’s History Department and Peace and Justice Studies program.
For more information, call 202-863-2951, 202-689-9790 or 781-283-3321.