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Women challenge U.S. policy: building peace on justice in the Middle East.

Our campaign makes important interconnections with other WILPF concerns and past campaigns:

Peace: We will pinpoint the role of U.S. policy in prolonging conflict in the Middle East, expose weapons sales and nuclear proliferation in the region, and develop the concept of dual occupation: Palestine and Iraq.

Social and economic justice: We will discuss current threats to racial/ethnic groups and the social and economic costs of occupations.

Corporations: We will conduct research on multinational corporate involvement in the Middle East.

Goals:

* Develop membership expertise on U.S. policy on the Middle East, and specifically Israel and Palestine.

* Coordinate and strengthen branch actions; recruit new members.

* Advocate for Israel-Palestine issues to be included on the agenda of U.S. peace and justice organizations; develop resources that will help bridge gaps and build sensitive reactions to differing opinions.

* Focus on U.S. foreign policy, pressing to reactivate the peace process.

* Educate members about nuclear weapons development and globalization of the region.

* Examine and expose the roles of the aerospace industry, the Christian right, and the Zionist lobby.

* Emphasize U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security; the U.N. Decade of Building a Peace Culture; adherence to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Article 6) and other relevant international laws and U.N. resolutions.

The Campaign's three-year plan is as follows: Year One: Perform research and education. Year Two: Evaluate, refine, and introduce legislative actions. Year Three: Develop a women's vision and plan for U.S. policy in conjunction with women from the Middle East, host a national conference, and continue previous actions.

CAMPAIGN CHAIR'S STATEMENT:

"I am not surprised this campaign was selected because there is a war in Iraq and it has to be one of our main priorities. What surprises me is that there is not a movement against the war by the rest of the world. We'll be focusing on U.S. policy, which could have a real effect on the world if we work to transform U.S. policy in the Middle East. It's also very important that more women get involved in foreign policy. We hope to affect the lives of women in the Mideast--that would be success, if we could see a difference in the lives of the people there."

Submitted by WILPF's current Middle East Issue Committee
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Author:Haber, Odile Hugonot
Publication:Peace and Freedom
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2005
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