At a time when BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanctions)—a peaceful protest movement against Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and siege of Gaza—is under attack everywhere, imperiling free speech and protest on college campuses and in the streets, from California to New York and across Europe, it's essential to remind ourselves that Israeli authorities have long sought to stop nonviolent resistance. And yet both Israelis and Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Peaceful protest is in the democratic tradition.
Please join us at The Markaz when author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta presents the findings in her book Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation (foreword by Ursula Franklin with contributions by Ghassan Andoni, Jeff Halper, Jonathon Kuttab & Starhawk among others). A Quaker Jewish activist and writer from Burnaby, B.C., Canada, Kaufman-Lacusta speaks from first-hand experience based on seven years living and working in Jerusalem.
Her book is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations.
"Refusing to Be Enemies" is an event in the Progressive Conversations on Israel/Palestine and US Middle East Foreign Policy series, coordinated by LA Jews for Peace at The Markaz and in partnership with various groups around Los Angeles, including the Friends of Sabeel. The program requests a suggested donation of $10/$5 for students. Copies of Refusing to Be Enemies will be signed by the author.
- May 03, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm
- The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
- $5.00 USD