Sarai Aharoni on Feminism and Peace Activism in Israel and the Diaspora

Grace Gleason and Sarai Aharoni
As I entered Isha L’Ishah: the Haifa Feminist Center on May 29, 2017, I was amazed at what I saw: an office larger and fuller than any feminist activist space I had ever seen, with meeting rooms, therapy rooms, libraries and archives, all covered in Arabic, Hebrew and English posters celebrating feminism and denouncing the occupation. The Archives themselves had walls of boxes and files containing letters, flyers, photos and other artifacts from the women’s movements of the past several decades. We met in the library to interview Sarai Aharoni, a lecturer in Gender Studies at Ben Gurion University, who researches the impact of war on women and the role of women in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution. She manages the Feminist Archives at the Center, in addition to being a longtime activist herself. Read more.  

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