Welcome to Aswat
Palestinian Gay Women
We are a group of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer Palestinian women. We came together in 2002 and established a home for Palestinian LBTQI women to allow safe, supportive and empowering spaces to express and address our personal, social and political struggles as a national indigenous minority living inside Israel; as women in a patriarchal society; and as LBTQI women in a wider hetro-normative culture.
On the 11th of May, Aswat and Isha L'Isha hosted a conversation with scholar and activist Karma Chávez, associate professor in the Department of Communication Arts and affiliate in the Program in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of a great activist and a author and comrade Leslie Feinberg who died on November 15. Our thoughts are with her family and her partner, the poet Minnie Bruce Pratt.
Israel's current assault on Gaza - “Protective Edge” - which has up till now (July 30, 2014) taken the lives of 1374 Palestinians (1).
As of 2 pm today, Wednesday 30 July 2014, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights (2) was able to verify that at least 1,349 Palestinians have been verified as killed by the IOF(Israeli Occupation Forces); including 341 children and 176 women. According to Al Mezan's initial investigations 1,088 (i.e. 80.7%) of the victims are civilians. Many others were people known to be affiliated by Palestinian factions, but not taking part in any hostilities. At least 713 (52.9%; 232 children and 148 women) were killed inside their houses; and two other disabled women were killed in an attack on a rehabilitation NGO's office. Another 157 people were killed in the vicinity of their houses; including in situations where they were trying to flee from their homes as a result of IOF attacks.
Today Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil.