Book Talk: Refusing to be Enemies
Despite the long history of nonviolent campaigns by Palestinians challenging both British and Zionist colonialism, culminating in the overwhelmingly nonviolent first intifada (1987-93) and the present struggle against the Israeli occupation, this aspect of the Palestinian resistance is vastly under-reported. In my interview-based book, Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation, and the presentations Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta has been doing since its publication, highlight both nonviolent resistance by Palestinians and Israelis to the Israeli occupation ways ways in which foreign citizens can support this resistance.
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta is a Quaker-Jew and a dual citizen of Canada and Israel who lived in Jerusalem for seven years (Dec 1988-Oct 1995), during which time she was involved in a variety of organizations engaged in nonviolent activism challenging the occupation. She has been back to Palestine and Israel ten times since returning to Canada, most of those trips either researching her book or gaining new experience and perspectives to help her bring my book-related presentations up to date.