„In the beginning I mainly wanted to come because the seminar gave me the chance to talk to Israeli women. There are not many occasions when we can meet without fear of each other – without fear of what we as Palestinian and Israeli women are taught about each other. And I also have this message of peace: I want to show that not all Gazans support violence and that most of us are normal people who just want to live a normal life with guaranteed fundamental rights – such as the right to freedom of movement, the right to education or access to health care“. Marja Q.*, participant from Gaza

So far, attempts to attract participants from the Gaza Strip to the seminars have regularly failed: they were not given travel permits or were too afraid of repression. In summer 2019, for the first time in the history of the project „Vacation from War“, a woman from Gaza was able to take part in the womens* seminar. Marja Q.* (name changed) talks about her motivation, the seminar process and everyday life in Gaza.