Refusing to be Enemies: Reading & Signing: May 10
Refusing to be Enemies
by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta is a Quaker Jew and a dual citizen of Canada and Israel, who describes herself as a “semi-retired activist" and occasional journalist. Born in San Francisco in 1941, she has made Canada her home for most of her adult life. She lives near Vancouver, Canada, with husband, Michael, and many packed bookshelves, and has three grown children and seven grandchildren.
For seven years (December ’88 – mid-October ’95) Maxine lived in Jerusalem, during which time she was very involved in activism of the sort described in her book; i.e., nonviolent actions by Israelis and Palestinians, separately and together, challenging the Israeli occupation. She has subsequently made eleven trips back to the region, most of these in connection with research for the book or to update the information for her presentations—most recently in September of 2014.
She states: "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 this interview-based book, Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta highlights both nonviolent resistance by Palestinians and Israelis to the Israeli occupation and ways in which US and other foreign citizens can support this resistance. Her presentations expand on both of these foci.