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The Committee Against the War in Lebanon

The radical wing of the peace movement was in a state of mobilization before the war in Lebanon began in June 1982 due to the activity of the Committee for Solidarity with Bir Zeit University. During a flurry of activity against the war, which included hurried demonstrations in the streets and on the campuses, the Committee for Solidarity with Bir Zeit University decided to transform itself into the Committee Against the War in Lebanon. The change facilitated the addition of new activists, especially in Tel Aviv, which also served as the focus point for a successful petition campaign against the war.

When the Committee Against the War in Lebanon activists decided to call for a national demonstration against the war on June 26, 1982, it had a sense that it was far from being isolated in the public. Even so, the Committee was surprised when approximately 20,000 Israelis showed up to demand an immediate Israeli withdrawal. It was clear to all observers that opposition to the war was encompassing wider and wider circles - including many loyal supporters and adherents of Peace Now.

We have also included here three smaller movements. These movements: Parents Against Silence, Concerned Parents Of IDF Soldiers, and Women Against The Invasion Of Lebanon played an important yet minor role to that of the Committee.




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This collection contains about 65 items. The material includes press clippings and photographs, material authored by CAWL groups - including news bulletins, leaflets, organizational lists and documents.
The archive language is English, while the items may be in Hebrew, English or Arabic.

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