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article imageWomen in Black — Palestine vigil outside Sydney Town Hall Special

By Richard Milnes     Jun 15, 2012 in World
Sydney - Women wearing black hold a vigil in front of Sydney Town Hall: The messages on their signs included ‘Palestine – the shrinking land’ and ‘Australia – it’s time to recognise Palestine’.
Digital Journal asked one of those taking part in the vigil what it was about?
“We’re here every Thursday. This group was started in Israel - in ’88 by Israelis and it’s now spread around the world. We stand every Thursday - five thirty to six thirty. There’s anywhere between three and ten of us, depending on the weather. Different people come in and out. There’s a small core of us who are always here and we’re here every Thursday."
"We used to stand once a month, since about 2001, but since Gaza we’ve been standing, every week. We’re trying to raise awareness. That’s what we’re trying to do."
"We’ve been here every Thursday - it’s always a Thursday, five thirty to six thirty, so if you come before half past five we won’t be here; if you come after half past six we’re gone. So, we’re just trying to raise awareness - that’s all."
A sign displayed at the  Women in Black  vigil outside Sydney Town Hall.
A sign displayed at the 'Women in Black' vigil outside Sydney Town Hall.
Women in Black vigil outside Sydney Town Hall.
Women in Black vigil outside Sydney Town Hall.
Women in black: for justice, against war
The Women in Black website describes the organisation as “a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence.”
Al Nakba day
On 15 May an Al Nakba ‘Free Palestine’ rally took place in Sydney.
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