Clandestine Women’s Action for Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Woman Against the War
Preface to the English-language edition to be written by Natalie Zemon-Davis.
In Clandestines de la paix, Valérie Pouzol brings to light for the first time an unknown and extraordinary women’s movement that exists secretly in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
During the past decades of war between Israel and Palestine, the women of both sides have been depicted as heroic mothers of warriors, helping by procreation to fill the ranks of armies. This is how their respective male-dominated cultures like to portray them. But Pouzol shows how, in unsuspected ways, some of these woman have been redefining themselves: they’ve been involved in clandestine actions for peace, even as guns were fired and stones were thrown around them.
Pouzol spent several years in Israel and the West Bank, collecting interviews (150 of which are quoted in this book) and researching official government records to write this first chronicle of a daring women’s movement. The Clandestines de la paix are taking peace into their own hands, often risking their lives. Meeting and organizing out of the spotlight, they are communicating with one another and speaking of ways to find reconciliation. This hopeful book contains a time line of the geopolitical events in the area since 1903, extensive footnotes, a list of interviews, and a bibliography.
Valérie Pouzol : Valérie Pouzol is a professor at the Institut d’histoire du temps présent and also teaches history at the École pratique des hautes études. She is currently participating in a research project on the Sephardic world at the Centre Alberto-Benveniste in Paris.