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Peace Now’s Left Wing Convention Draws Hundreds
On Friday March 25, 2011 – Peace Now hosted a successfull convention for all the left wing in Israel.
Over 700 people attended the convention, including activists from all over the country, from political parties, NGO”s and organizations alike.
Among the key speakers were: MK Amir Peretz, MK Daniel Ben Simon, Tzaly Reshef, Colette Avital, Ophir Pines-Paz, Gal Uchovsky, MK Ilan Gilon, MK Eitan Cabel, Eldad Yaniv, MK Dov Hanin, MK Haim Oron, Hilik Bar, Didi Remez, Hanna Asweid, Joshua Sobol, Yuli Tamir, MK Isaac Herzog, Michael Byrne, Mossi Raz, MK Nitzan Horowitz, Uzi Baram, Ron Kaufman, Ran Cohen, Talia Sasson, Nadia Hilu, Naomi Chazan
It was a first time that all the movements, organizations and parties from the left managed to sit together and hold discussions on the future, the messages to be used and the options available to us as a peace camp.
The panels were organized in the shape of a “round table” so that both the speakers and the audience could have eye contact and be able to enter into the discourse together.
People taking part in the discussions did not disguise their feelings about our failures, instead they tried to accept collective responsibility and seek ways to move forward on different levels.
What was happening at the convention, under the surface, could mark a turning point in the Israeli left. Even the Labor party came in full presence (except for Shelly Yehimovitz) since they abandoned Netanyahu’s govt and Barak left, they are searching a way to return to lead the peace camp again.
Labour was open to sit with people from Hadash, Sheik Jarrah etc to discuss what they have in common and how to cooperate.
All agreed that this convention will help us all to work more productively, to reignite that hunger for change amongst the people, to work in cooperation and to plan joint actions.
For more details on issues discussed see here:WEBSITE
In the next couple of days we will be uploading to Peace Now’s Facebook page videos from the conference with English subtitles – so keep updated through our Facebook page in English.