Gila Svirsky
Peace and Human Rights Activist
"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."


Lives in: Jerusalem Was born in: Iselin, New Jersey Year of birth: 1946 Identity: Israeli, Jewish Type of work: Human Rights/Advocacy Website: Coalition of Women For Peace Personal website Works at Women in Black Interviewer Nahanni Rous Date of Interview 2004

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.