The resilient women in black will not give in.

It has always been difficult to protest in West Jerusalem. The tensions are always high, and the atmosphere is tense. One can feel the hostilities in the air. But as the democracy in Israel is on decline, it is becoming more and more difficult to protest in Jerusalem. People were attacked, threatened, shouted at, spat on, endured abusive language and intimidation. As far as I can tell, there is not one Anti War group that protests within Jerusalem, within our own society. I believe that it is our mission and our moral obligation to do so. I accept the arguments of journalist Linah AlSaafin, and those of Masha Averbuch, a popular social media activist, or 'post activist' as she calls herself, about Israeli presence in the West Bank . I know that I will be welcomed in Bili'n & Nabi Saleh as an anti war protester, but I feel committed to face my own people, who are at the same time my enemies, and deliver a message people in the west bank cannot. Palestinians in the West Bank do not have the privilege to protest in front of the Prime Minister residency. But I do. Still, there is a huge gap between what is done against the occupation in West Jerusalem and what needs to be done. There should more actions to distribute information that doesn't come from the Israeli mainstream media.There should be more dialog with people who are truly curious about the left's agenda against the occupation. The Anti war activists should reclaim their right to be seen and heard in the public sphere. One hour per week by the same group of women is not enough, but I admire the consistency and resilience of these women who face the hostility of the Israeli public sphere every week during the last thirty years. They conduct this protest vigil where many others are afraid to show their faces and I respect them for that.

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