Mourners gather in Israel to honor memory of longtime peace activist Vivian Silver

Hundreds of activists gathered in Israel to remember Vivian Silver, a Canadian Israeli peace activist, who was recently declared deceased.

Remembering the activist: Vivian Silver, 74, devoted her life to peace efforts in the Israeli-Palestinian region.
* Her influential work included co-founding Women Wage Peace, an organization lobbying for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict and fostering unity among Israeli and Palestinian women.
* Silver was also a director at B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, and volunteered with Road to Recovery, helping transport ill Palestinians from Gaza to Israel for medical treatment.

Conflict context: Silver’s suspected death comes amidst escalated conflict involving Hamas militants in the region.
* On October 7, it is estimated by Israeli officials that Hamas militants killed around 1,200 people and kidnapped an additional 240 in Israeli towns.
* Gaza’s Ministry of Health has reported that over 11,000 people have been killed in response by Israel’s military.

Final tribute: Silver’s memorial service ended with her fellow activists from Women Wage Peace performing an impromptu assortment of peace songs.
* Ghadir Hani, a friend and fellow peace activist, expressed at the service that Silver “believed in the end of this cursed conflict and that people in Gaza and in the Gaza envelope inside of Israel deserved to live in peace.”

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