Gila Svirsky

Residence
Jerusalem
Place of birth
Iselin, New Jersey
Year of Birth
1946
Profession
Peace and Human Rights Activist
Organization
Women in Black
Identity
Feminist, Peace Activist
Languages spoken
English, Hebrew
Date of Interview
04/2004

Interviewer
Nahanni Rous

"My message is that ending the Occupation is better for Israel, let alone better for Palestinians. If people are really interested in the welfare of Israel and Palestine, they will find a way to force us to negotiate a peace that works for both sides."

Gila Svirsky is an activist and feminist, and became a leader in the Israeli peace movement following the outbreak of the first intifada in the late 1980s. She is a co-founder of the Coalition of Women for Peace, a consortium of peace organizations whose activities range from monitoring checkpoints, organizing demonstrations and vigils, and recently, organizing "reality tours" of the Wall for Israelis. Gila has been active with the New Israel Fund, B'Tselem, Kol HaIsha and other organizations addressing inequality both within Israel and across the Green Line.