The Palestine Nexus
The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights event provides an occasion to recall an event we unfortunately missed – the recent appearance by Austin-based writer Anna Baltzer with her book, Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. Baltzer recounts her experience as a volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service, "a narration of the 8 months that I spent working with IWPS, spanning the past 5 years [documenting] both the situation on the ground as I observed it and my personal emotional and intellectual journey piecing together my own understanding of the conflict." Baltzer's book is an extraordinary personal record of daily life for Palestinians under occupation, vividly describing "one woman's experience living and working in the West Bank." An extensive overview of Baltzer's work is available on her website, www.annainthemiddleeast.com. As she writes in her book, "I do not expect – or even wish for – readers to blindly accept my assertions about Israel and the Occupation; I certainly did not believe such claims when I first encountered them. My hope is that readers will react individually to my stories and begin to develop their own understanding of the situation."
Nov. 15-16. Thursday, 7pm: UT campus, ETC 2.108. Friday, 7pm: St. Ignatius, Martyr, Catholic Church, 126 W. Oltorf.