Terry Greenblatt – USA

Linked with Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights UAF.

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

After a rigorous international search, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Terry Greenblatt, a well-respected human rights and transnational peace and justice activist. Terry began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008 … (full text).

She says: “Borders are no obstacle for women. Led by our feelings and instincts, women will cross them. Even when we are women whose very existence contradicts each other, we will talk; we will not shoot”. Terry Greenblatt, formerly director of Bat Shalom, Israel’s national women’s peace organization, and activist in residence at the Global Fund for Women, has been a women’s rights and antioccupation activist in Israel for the past 20 years. She lectures and lobbies internationally on the enforcement of equal rights for all in Israel and Palestine–Jews and Arabs. She cofounded Kol Ha-Isha (The Women’s Voice) Center of Jerusalem, Shani (Israeli Women Against the Occupation), and the Community School for Women’s Studies and Economic Development.  (1000peacewomen).

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Terry Greenblatt – USA

Terry Greenblatt began working with UAF on June 1, 2008, and officially succeeded co-founder, Julie Shaw, on July 1, 2008.  She worked also for Bat Shalom, for Kol Ha-Isha, and for Shani.

She says also: … We call upon all women and men, young and old, to join us in our sincere quest to preserve life, human dignity and freedom in our region. Dehumanization, hatred, revenge, and oppression contribute nothing to the resolution of a century of conflict. Mutual recognition and respect of each other’s individual and collective rights will pave the way for peace making. (full text, her speak before UN Security Council, May 7, 2002).

We Will Talk, We Will Not Shoot, 25 Feb 2002.

Further she say: … “By including an international constituency, we want to communicate that the international community has responsibility inside of this. People have been calling for years for some sort of international intervention, international participation, to help to resolve the issue because we can identify the international contribution in perpetuating the situation as it has evolved. The initiative for this committee wasn’t only to keep us calm and moving forward. It was also an effort to bring to the table all of the stakeholders in the resolution” … (full text, 9.8.2005).

And she adds: … And lastly, you are mandated to promote social progress and better standards of life, for until you do, until there is the degree of humanitarian aid for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastation of Palestine and her people, until the Israeli people can fully trust that international bodies are committed to ensuring our survival, neither nation will be able to begin to address the ultimate challenge of creating a culture of peace in our region … (full long text, before UN Security Council on 2002-05-07).

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Terry Greenblatt and Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas are activists whose strength is multiplied by their commitment to working together.

Terry Greenblatt and Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas at the UN.

… She consults and speaks nationally and internationally on the responsibility of women as agents of both social and political change. Greenblatt was a co-founder of Kol Ha-Isha (The Women’s Voice) Center of Jerusalem and Shani (Israeli Women Against the Occupation). She is also a member of the founder’s council of the Community School for Women’s Studies and Economic Development in Kufar Kara. (full text).

… “A just resolution to the conflict is possible only when the international community insists upon the restoration of the basic rule of international humanitarian law, so that no State shall remain above law,” said the former Director of Bat Shalom, Israe l’s national women’s peace organisation … (full text).

And she says: … “I would like to even go farther downstream to the beginning of the problem, and say that, when we sit Israeli women and Palestinian women at a negotiating table, the standard that we’re setting for ourselves is, both of us are sitting on the same side of a negotiating table, and together we are looking at our conflicts and the complex and complicated and painful history that we share, and we commit to each other that we are not going to get up from that table until we can get up together in respect and reciprocity and both feel that we’re walking away as winners” … (full interview text, November 10, 2001).

The  Bat Shalom website.

Then she says: It is unthinkable not to include women, large numbers of women, in the upcoming peace process. You need us, because if the goal is not simply the absence of war, but the creation of a sustainable peace by fostering fundamental societal changes, we are crucial to everyone’s security concerns … (full text).

… While the New York Times reports that “as casualties in the Middle East mount, so have the voices for each side,” a third voice is emerging that refuses to support one camp over the other. This site is dedicated to those voices committed to moving beyond the blame game and fully backing both Israeli’s and Palestinian’s common aspirations for peace. Whether on their own or in coalition, the individuals and groups below are articulating balanced statements advocating for the interests of all parties in the Middle East conflict. Whether through deeds or words, they model the sense of true power, cooperation, and hope that will be necessary to bring these ongoing conflicts to a close. (full text).

links:

Raising our Voices on Global Fund;

I believe that I have a responsibility to change the situation we live in, Eliana, Building Bridges for Peace program alumna;

Israeli and Palestinian Women Talk About Peace, 03/11/03;

The website: Women say no to war;

NWSA Journal, Volume 19, Number 2, Summer 2007;

Terry Greenblatt on LinkedIn;

Men have failed at peace; give women a chance.

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