International Women’s Day: Weaving a common future

Reactions to the event were enthusiastic: Mary Manzel, a Sindyanna weaver: “I really enjoyed the panel where every woman talked about her life experience and how she got here. What...

Left: Mira Ailabuni and Diane Kaplan from the group “Three Women in Three Languages.” They sang in Arabic, Hebrew and English

Reactions to the event were enthusiastic:

Mary Manzel, a Sindyanna weaver: “I really enjoyed the panel where every woman talked about her life experience and how she got here. What I heard encouraged me to learn from the experience of Jewish women and allow them to learn from ours. The meetings with Jewish women were very warm, and the singers made me emotional and brought up strong childhood memories.”

Yardana Etzion, a graduate of the Shenkar College of Art, member of the Council of Contemporary Art in the Community, and lecturer on the design of learning spaces: “It was the most meaningful Women’s Day I’ve experienced in years. I was born in Kibbutz Hukuk. Kafr Kana is only 20 minutes away, and I’ve never been here. I still do not speak Arabic. I am still ignorant about relations between Jewish and Arab women, but it got me thinking. The event was beautifully put together, and I was amazed by the generosity and the warm welcome I received. At the end of the day, I have a very great desire to be in contact with you. This place is exciting and authentic, and may the world be a little bit better because of it.”

Bruria Barzilay from Tivon, an active member of Women for Peace: “I spoke with women from Baqa al-Gharbiyyeh and one of

Weavers from Baqa Al-Gharbia working with palm fronds

them said, ‘Bless the Lord who will give us strength and will protect us and our children,’ and I said something about God. We spoke about God having a feminine nature, and then one of the women said that if our leaders were women, things might have changed a lot. This was the consensus.”

Fawzia Kitani, a weaver from the village of Jatt: “I liked the design of the Visitors Center because it used recycled planks as raw material for decoration. I love the simplicity, frugality and cleanliness of the decoration, and I think I’ll use it in my home.”

 

*Translated from the Hebrew by Robert Goldman

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