Thousands of women march for Israeli-Palestinian peace

NORTHERN DEAD SEA, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women are wrapping up a march around the region, demanding that their leaders act to achieve a peace agreement.

Women Wage Peace, the group behind the demonstration, says the two-week march sends a message to leaders to work toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to make sure women have equal representation in any talks.

Sunday’s event brought 8,000 people to an area north of the Dead Sea in the West Bank where they mingled in a “tent of reconciliation.” Women and children crafted signs reading “peace be upon you” in Arabic and Hebrew. Participants beat drums and rattled tambourines.

The Trump administration is trying to jumpstart a new round of peace talks between the sides, which collapsed in 2014.

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