Coalition of Women for Peace
May 12, 2011
- Website: http://www.coalitionofwomen.org/?page_id=723&lang=en
- As of 2009, Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) has ten members, including New Profile, Bat Shalom, Machsom Watch and Women in Black, and provides an additional platform by which these NGOs promote their campaigns.
- In 2006-2009, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $294,129 to CWP (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). On May 15, 2011, NIF issued a statement declaring that “CWP is no longer on the list of approved donor-advised organizations” and that “We have asked CWP to remove our name and funding direction from their website.”
- “Major donors” include Switzerland, the Netherlands (via ICCO), Norway (through Norwegian Church Aid, which provided NOK 200,000 in 2010), Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung and Heinrich Böll Stiftung (money originating with the German government), Oxfam Novib, Kvinna Till Kvinna.
- Initiated the “Who Profits” campaign “in response to the Palestinian Call for boycott, divestment, and sanction (BDS) on Israel.” “Who Profits?” is an activist tool and a database that identifies targets for anti-Israel divestment and boycotts.
- CWP is involved in campaigns against major Israeli banks, the Elbit and G4S security companies, Ahava cosmetics, and Agrexco produce; in support of the Berkeley divestment vote; and a successful divestment initiative with the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.
- Endorses the “Free Gaza Movement.” Following its May 2010 violent confrontation with the Israeli navy, CWP stated that it “stands in solidarity with the people of Palestine and with heroic members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.”
- Lobbied the British government in December 2009 to “Enable Prosecution of Israeli War Criminals.” CWP also sent a Hebrew translation of the UN Goldstone “Fact-finding” Report to (former Foreign Minister) Tzipi Livni, stating: “We are convinced that if you refer to the report you will understand why British citizens and organizations have turned to the courts with a request to issue a warrant for your arrest… We call on you to cooperate with any international investigation that may be opened against you and to counsel your colleagues in the Government and military to do the same.”
- CWP participated in Israeli Apartheid Week 2011, organizing an event in Jaffa, “Life and Struggle in Apartheid.”
- CWP refers to the security barrier as “The Apartheid Wall”; states that it “is committed to the struggle to end the occupation” and claims “to act for peace, justice, and equality in the Israeli Society”; and CWP also joined “Zochrot” and “New profile” in recognition of “The 59th Anniversary of the Naqba” on Israel’s Independence Day.
- Together with other NIF grantees, including Israel Social TV, Machsom Watch, Mossawa and Women against Violence, as well as ICAHD, Zochrot and AIC, CWP wrote to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and called “upon the Norwegian people to join us in our efforts and to stop investing in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.” This letter accused a number of Israeli and international corporations of “provid[ing] specifically designed equipment for the surveillance and repression of Palestinian population through restrictions of movement and collective punishments.”
- CWP brought the controversial play “Seven Jewish Children - A Play for Gaza” to Israel as part of its “10 days against the siege” campaign.
- Supports Israelis who refuse to serve in the army. Also hosted a lecture with Tali Fahima (a “political prisoner”) who was convicted for contact with terrorists.