Putting Out Fires: An Interview with Israeli Human Rights Lawyer Nery Ramati

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Nery Ramati and Grace Gleason
Many of the Israeli activists we interviewed this summer spoke about the tension they felt between “putting out the fires” – ameliorating suffering now – and fighting for long-term political change. Human rights lawyer Nery Ramati, who I interviewed with Aliza Becker in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017 for the American Jewish Peace Archive, shared his perspective on this tension. We talked about why he has chosen to focus on one court case at a time, even though it means working within the system of the occupation instead of railing against it. Read more 

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

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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.