Palestinian-Israeli Women Lose a Voice for Peace

   •    September 21, 2011

This article was originally published by Women’s eNews.

A Palestinian-Israeli women’s group that had been pushing for a two-state solution for Israel and the occupied territories can’t offer any comment on the Palestinian Authority’s push for statehood recognition at the United Nations this week.

That’s because the group, International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Peace between Israel and Palestine (IWC), fractured last year under the pressure of heightened tensions between the two sides.

Women have been scarce in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations since the start of the conflict in 1948.

“Up to this point, there have been a few women involved,” said Rebecca Miller, senior program officer at The Institute for Inclusive Security, based in Washington, D.C. “Most of them have been involved in technical committees, other than Tzipi Livni, but there have been no women at the highest levels.”

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