Press Releases and Communications with the Media

An invitation by the movement for international media to a tour along the Israeli-Lebanese border. (English)

4 March, 1997, Correspondence between the Four Mothers movement and Shelley Yachimovich of the Israel Broadcasting Authority Kol Israel. (Hebrew)

8 May, 1997, Letters to the editor commenting about the criticisms made about the movement. (Hebrew)

25 May, 1997, Letter from United Shavit Studios thanking Rachel Ben Dor for appearing on a morning show. (Hebrew)

13 June, 1997, An opposing response to an article by Haim Hefer. (Hebrew)

19 June, 1997, A letter to the editor about the article "The Kibbutz". (Hebrew)

30 August, 1997, Letter to the Four Mothers about an article written about the organization in Heritage Florida Jewish News and a copy of the article. Letter-(Hebrew); Article-(English)

27 October, 1997, "They don't have the guts." The document contains several statements about army generals and politicians not having the guts to admit failure and tell the truth. (Hebrew)

1998, Notes for a press release by Rachel Ben Dor for a national mourning vigil. (Hebrew)

18 January, 1998, Letter to the editor regarding Liat Collins' Friday magazine section column "Scene and Heard" and her claim that the Four Mothers movement was just for women. (English)

16 February, 1998, Faxed and partially edited press release titled "4 Mothers adopt soldiers going into the war" (Hebrew)

2 March, 1998, "The Four Mothers movement: we have already been in this movie." The movement is glad that the Lebanon war has become more prevalent in politics. Yet, it is worried that the government is misleading the public and the government isn't taking steps to follow UN Security Council decision 425 for a unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon. (Hebrew)

2 March, 1998, Clearer Hebrew version of above. (English)

3 March, 1998, Press release to invite media coverage to an activity happening at the "good fence" by the Four Mothers movement. (Hebrew)

17 March, 1998, Press release edited by Rachel Ben Dor to invite media coverage to an event near parliament during a meeting wherein Four Mothers members will put mud on themselves to symbolize the Israeli people stuck in Lebanese mud. (Hebrew)

3 June, 1998, Response to article, headline reads " 'Four Mothers' aren't afraid and aren't going home" (Hebrew)

9 August, 1998, Correspondence between Linda Ben-Zvi and Dr. Musa Keilani the Chief-Editor of Al Urdon Newspaper in which Dr. Keilani expresses interest in writing a piece about the Four Mothers movement. (English)

25 August, 1998, "The Druze gathering demands the safety of its sons (who serve in Lebanon )." The tent outside the dwelling of the prime minister, which has been set to protest the continuing Israeli-Lebanese War, is announced to be manned by the heads of the Druze community, as well as Druze parents who lost their sons in the war. (Hebrew)

8 September, 1998, Channel 1 is notified by the movement of a meeting between the "Four Mothers", Parliament member Yossi Beilin, and the "Three Fathers" movement (which advocated to keep fighting inside Lebanon ). (Hebrew)

September, 1998, Notes for an interview regarding an upcoming event titled "March for Atonement". (Hebrew)

23 December, 1998, "The last thing we need is another military operation that will push us deeper into the Lebanese mud." (Hebrew)

3 August, 1998, "A mother of a deceased soldier made a statement favoring a withdrawal from Lebanon and was, consequently, punished by the Ministry of Defense." (Hebrew)

18 August, 1998, Letter to a prominent figure in Israeli media asking him to help spread the message about the Lebanon situation to the public and to politicians. (Hebrew)

30 November, 1998, Draft of a press release by Rachel Ben Dor challenging the government to make a decision and not to hide behind army position. (Hebrew)

December, 1998, Press release for a very large collaborative demonstration on the 4th, a meeting with the Prime Minister and following press conference on the 6th, a ceremony memorializing Israeli casualties on the 6th, and a trip to the northern border on the 19th. (English)

19 December, Press release and advertisement for an event taking place in the north consisting of a series of briefings followed by a tour of along the border separating Israel and Lebanon. (Hebrew)

20 December, 1998, "Searching for headlines." The government decided not to act after recent deaths, in Lebanon , citing the reason as being that top military officials told them not to act. When the movement tried to meet with cabinet members, Uri Elitzur, the government's head secretary, accused the movement's members of looking for publicity, rather than influencing the government's opinion towards a withdrawal from Lebanon. (Hebrew)

1999, 381- 1999, Notes for an interview about military policy versus political policy. (Hebrew)

10 January, 1999, "the Four Mothers movement will not be running for elected office." The movement does not have any political basis. It consists of many people with differing ideals and backgrounds that are working together to achieve a withdrawal from Lebanon , which will save the lives of many soldiers. (Hebrew)

10 January, 1999, "the Four Mothers movement will not be running for elected office." Different version of press release. (Hebrew)

15 January, 1999, Letter to the Four Mothers organization from R.A.R Misgav AM Productions regarding a full length documentary about the movement. (Hebrew)

2 February, 1999, Press Release for a memorial for the second anniversary of the helicopter disaster that compelled the movement to form. (Hebrew)

8 February, 1999, "the Four Mothers movement will not join the campaign for the political party 'HaMarkaz (The Center)'." The Four Mothers movement is a non-political organization whose messages cross over party politics. Even though the movement has become widely known and some have tried to take advantage of that, the only goal which the movement has and will always advocate is the solution from the politicians to secure the safety of the soldiers (our sons). (Hebrew)

8 February, 1999, "Choosing a responsible prime minister for Israel ." The document lists positions that a candidate must take, in order to receive the votes and support of the movement's members. The prime position is the immediate pull-out from Lebanon. (Hebrew)

9 February, 1999, "Banned from the Likud's primaries 'before getting beat up'." "Four Mother" activists were told to leave the area, which the Likud primaries were taking place in, by the Tel Aviv chief of police. The movement's member were passing pamphlets and holding signs, and both were confiscated by the police. The policemen followed by threatening the activist that they would be beaten if they do not disperse immediately. (Hebrew)

9 February, 1999, Press release about a demonstration that was shut down by police. The police came in and took the pamphlets the movement members were handing out as well as some of the signs. (Hebrew)

23 February, 1999, The movement declares that it will hold mourning vigils for the deceased soldiers in Lebanon and advocate a unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon , so the death would stop. (Hebrew)

3 March, 1999, Thank you letter to Rachel Ben Dor for her interview on the show "Yair Lapid live at 10" (Hebrew)

18 March, 1999, "A week of demonstration and theater for the withdrawal from Lebanon ." Theater plays, art exhibitions, and many more events were organized for the week. The following plays were performed: "The password: Cream cake" and "catch '82" written by Yankala Jacobsen and Roi Rashkas, and "Walkman" by Yigal Aben-Orr. (Hebrew)

19 March, 1999, Edited press release about inviting the Israeli people to an event about a journey to leave Lebanon. (Hebrew)

24 March, 1999, "The author Meir Shalev says: 'In a place, where no person is found to lead towards an end for the war, the "Four Mothers" decided to be that person." Meir Shalev uttered these words in an event named, "demonstration and theater for the withdrawal from Lebanon ." The document includes short arguments supporting a withdrawal from a variety of experts and individuals who are or were involved in the persisting Israeli-Lebanese conflict. (Hebrew)

24 March, 1999, Meir Shalev press release but with comments by Rachel Ben Dor. (English)

18 April, 1999, Press release to promote a diplomatic solution over a military solution to the Lebanon War. (Hebrew)

13 May, 1999, The movement met with representatives of the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his challenger Ehud Barak. Netanyahu is resting the proposition of withdrawal on negotiations with Syria , and declaring that only a government which he heads can solve the Lebanon problem. Barak promises to finish the withdrawal in one year. (Hebrew)

9 June, 1999, Press release stating that the movement is expecting the new legislation and Prime Minister Ehud Barak to take responsibility for the Lebanese situation, and that there will be a mourning vigil the next day. (Hebrew)

22 June, 1999, "The Four Mother movement presents sadness and anger towards the escalation of the conflict." The movement states that it expects Prime minister Barak to act immediately to reach a cease-fire. The time in Lebanon is working against us. (Hebrew)

27 June, 1999, "A chief commander: the success in Lebanon isn't measured by the soldier death toll" by Sharon Gal, Haaretz. The commander is criticizing movements that call for a unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon. The second page contains a response to the article by Rachel Ben Dor, which was published in Haaretz on July 7, 1999. Ben Dor writes that the commander's cliches have no basis in reality, and many high ranking military and government officials disagree with him. (Hebrew)

30 June, 1999, Letter to the editor of the Israeli newspaper the "Haaretz." The letter disputes some of the statements made in the paper on 27 June, 1999. (Hebrew)

4 July, 1999, Press release announcing that Four Mothers will be having meetings with the people of Kiryam Shmonah to identify with them and get their support. (Hebrew)

5 July, 1999, "Four Mothers reaction to the nomination of Ephraim Sneh as the chief assistant to the secretary of Defense: This is an appointment of someone who has blood on his hands." Rachel Ben Dor says, "We believed in Barak, but this is a step in the wrong direction because of the appointment of a person with a worse political policy than the Likud party." (Hebrew)

19 July, 1999, A letter by Rachel Ben Dor to the newspaper Mariv. Ben Dor writes as a response to a recent article criticizing her words against the appointment of Ephraim Sneh as the chief assistant to the secretary of Defense. She writes that her strong words come from the frustration that now when peace seems very near the nomination of a war advocate to such a position could signal a reversal in the government's policy. (Hebrew)

5 September, 1999, Press release, the movement's reaction to the nomination to Minister of Defense proclaiming he has blood on his hands. (Hebrew)

16 September, 1999, Press release about an event called "Sukkot of Peace" (Hebrew)

10 November, 1999, "The Four Mothers movement cares for the safety and protection of citizens in the north." (Hebrew)

30 November, 1999, The movement conducted a meeting today with a group of Parliament members of various political parties. Those parties include: the Likud, Israel Beitenu, One Israel, United Torah Judaism, and National Religious Party. It was decided to continue placing the Lebanon War in public conscious, so Barak will deliver on his promise to pull the army out of Lebanon. (Hebrew)

23 December, 1999, The movement is announcing that it will be meeting regional public officials in Northern Israel during the coming weeks as part of its continuing effort to end the war. (Hebrew)

1999, Draft of a letter to a prominent Israeli media figure Gadi Sukenik. (Hebrew)

1999, Draft of a press release by Rachel Ben Dor about the Four Mothers meeting with President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. (Hebrew)

2000, Notes for a press release about pushing the government to act on the decision to pull out of Lebanon and to remind the public of the decision. (Hebrew)

31 January, 2000, The movement is pleading with the prime minister to deliver on his promise to withdraw from Lebanon . The movement states that it feels lied to and has believed that the end was already near. (Hebrew)

31 January, 2000, Edited press release asking Prime Minister Ehud Barak to take action as soon as possible and get Israeli troops out of Lebanon. (Hebrew)

16 February, 2000, The movement reminds the public that it was formed to stop the Lebanon War and it recognizes that most of the public is supporting the goal. Therefore, the statements made by some army officials trying to discredit the public's opinion of ending the war cannot stop people from demonstrating and expressing themselves because this is a democratic nation. (Hebrew)

5 April, 2000, Press release saying the movement understands and sympathizes with citizens of the north and cares for their safety. (Hebrew)

Notes by Rachel Ben Dor for an electronic press release to be sent to the reporters listed at the top of the page. The press release regards the escalation of the situation in the Lebanon war during Prime Minister Barak's administration. (Hebrew)

Response to an article from the newspaper Haaretz regarding getting support from the conservative government. (Hebrew)

Draft for a press release written collaboratively by Ram and Rachel Ben Dor. (Hebrew)

Notes for a press release by Rachel Ben Dor for a national mourning vigil. (Hebrew)

Notes for a press release and some miscellaneous items including unrelated jottings for everyday things, a typical example of the intertwining of the movement and the lives of its coordinators. (Hebrew)

First is a note of explanation regarding the apology. Second is the letter from Rachel Ben Dor to a journalist apologizing of accusing him of being a warmonger. Third is a letter from a member of the movement that protested the need for an apology to the journalist. Next notes regarding all this. (Hebrew)

Press Release that was sent to Ilan Rohea, an Israeli Broadcasting correspondent who was later killed in Lebanon, to influence the government to act. (Hebrew)

Notes for a press release about the Governmental decision to do nothing regarding the war in Lebanon. (Hebrew)

Edited and partially faded press release about many Israeli citizens signing a card telling Knesset members to support the withdrawal of troops from Lebanon. (Hebrew)