Event: Refusing To Be Enemies

The Edmonton Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is hosting author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, presenting her recently released book:

Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation
Featuring author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
Friday, September 28 (7:30 pm)
Holyrood Mennonite Church
9505-79 Street
(Click here for map)

Author Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta will present her recent book, Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation, 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, both separately and in joint initiatives.  In their own words, these activists share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns and discuss obstacles encountered in their pursuit of a just peace, as well as the changes required for their organizations—and the nonviolent movement as a whole—to more successfully pursue this goal.  Attention is also devoted to the special challenges of joint struggle and to hopes and visions for a shared future in the region.

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Quaker Jew, lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism and related topics.

Contributors to Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation are:

Ursula Franklin (Foreword) is a Canadian Quaker thinker and writer, pacifist, feminist, social activist, and research scientist—a long-time member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW)—best known for her extensive writings on the political and social effects of technology.

Ghassan Andoni (editorial partner and essay contributor) is a cofounder of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Jeff Halper (editorial partner and essay contributor) is an anthropologist, author, lecturer, political activist, and co-founder and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).

Starhawk (essay contributor) is a Jewish-American peace, justice, and environmental activist and author, with broad experience in nonviolent activism, including in Palestine.

Jonathan Kuttab (essay contributor) is a pacifist Palestinian lawyer, writer, human rights advocate, and co-author of The West Bank and the Rule of Law.

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