The Jerusalem Link is the
coordinating body of two independent women's
centers: Bat Shalomâ€”The Jerusalem Women's
Action Center, located in West Jerusalem,
and Marcaz al-Quds la l-Nissahâ€”The Jerusalem
Center for Women, located in East Jerusalem.
In 1989, a meeting was convened in Brussels
between prominent Israeli and Palestinian
women peace activists. The meeting initiated
an on-going dialogue that in 1994 resulted
in the establishment of THE JERUSALEM LINK
composed of two women's organizationsâ€”BAT
SHALOM on the Israeli side, and the JERUSALEM
CENTER FOR WOMEN on the Palestinian side.
The two organizations share a set of political
principles, which serve as the foundation
for a cooperative model of co-existence
between our respective peoples.
Each organization is autonomous and takes
its own national constituency as its primary
responsibilityâ€”but together we promote a
joint vision of a just peace, democracy,
human rights, and women's leadership. Mandated
to advocate for peace and justice between
Israel and Palestine, we believe a viable
solution of the conflict between our two
peoples must be based on recognition of
the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
and an independent state alongside the state
of Israel, Jerusalem as the capital of both
states, and a final settlement of all relevant
issues based on international law.