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Video: Women Wage Peace — “Prayer of the Mothers”

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First Published on Nov 15, 2016.

Yael Deckelbaum, Lubna Salame, Daniel Rubin, Miriam Tukan, Rana choir, the Hebrews of Dimona and singers from all sectors and religions of Israeli society.

The song “Prayer of the Mothers” was born out of an alliance between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum and the group of courageous women who lead the movement “Women Wage Peace”. The movement arose in the summer of 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.

On October 4, 2016, Jewish and Arab women began with the joint “March of Hope” project. Thousands of women marched from the north of Israel to Jerusalem in a call for peace. The call reached its peak on October 19th, in a march of at least 4,000 women — half of them Palestinian and half Israeli — in Qasr el Yahud on the northern Dead Sea. The very same evening 15,000 women protested in front of the Israeli prime minister’s house in Jerusalem.

The marches were joined by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee who is famous for having led a peaceful force of women from both sides of the 2003 Liberian Civil War. In the song, Yael includes a recording of Leymah in which she sends her blessings to the Women Wage Peace movement.

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The song is performed in Hebrew and Arabic. Here’s the translation:

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Prayer of the Mothers

From the north to the south

From the west to the east

Hear the prayer of the mothers

Bring them peace

Bring them peace

A whisper of ocean wind

Is blowing from far away

And laundry is flapping

To the shadow of the wall

Between the sky and the land

There are people who want to live in peace

Don’t give up, keep dreaming

Of peace and prosperity

When will the walls of fear melt

When will I return from exile

And my gates will open

To what is truly good

Come on Sleep! – Another sunrise

Come on Sleep – And morning is here

We will slaughter – A mother sends

A pigeon for you – Along with a prayer

Fly pigeon, Don’t believe – Her child to school

We will laugh with the child – to the sound

So that he may sleep – of war

The walls of fear will some day melt

And I will return from exile

My gates shall open

To what is truly good

From the north to the south

From the west to the east

Hear the prayer of the mothers

Bring them peace

Bring them peace

Light is rising from the east

To the prayer of the mothers for peace

To view the complete lyrics, translation, and phonetic version of this song, click here.

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October 4, 2016 — The March of Hope:  Thousands of Jewish and Arab women marched from the north of Israel to Jerusalem in a call for peace.

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