MADRE’s partner group Midwives for Peace was recently profiled in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The article by Judy Maltz, “Arab and Jewish midwives find a common language,” talks about the group’s latest gathering. Their meeting fell during the recent 50-day war between Israel and Gaza. Normally, it is a time to share their successes and challenges of midwifery. This time around, their meeting had a different tone.
“We’ve been through wars before, but none as big as this,” Gomer, the Israeli coordinator of the group is quoted as saying. “And also, we know each other a lot better now — we’re friends already, which makes it even harder.”
The women used this opportunity to share their experiences during this latest war. They spoke of the pain of losing friends in Gaza and the fear of losing children in combat. These women still gathered together, despite the magnitude of the conflict around them. That fact is a testament to their joint commitment to peace. As Barbara, an Israeli member of the group, is quoted as saying, although they didn’t reach any solutions, “it made me realize how important it is that groups like this exist.”
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