Presentation looks at Israeli occupation |

Presentation looks at Israeli occupation

The Palestine-Israel working group of the Peace Center of Nevada County will host a presentation “Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Resistance to the Israeli Occupation” with photos, and book signing by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, a Jewish-Quaker, dual citizen of Canada and Israel, peace activist and author.

Kaufman-Lacusta lived in Jerusalem for seven years (1988-1995) and has returned to Israel and Palestine 10 times since then to participate in and report on the nonviolent efforts of both Palestinians and Israelis to create a just peace.

Her interview-based book, “Refusing To Be Enemies,” was published in 2010.

“My interest in Israel and Palestine dates back to my teens — when I was an ardent, if naive, Zionist. … My ambition was to live on a kibbutz,” she said.

Her later experiences widened her understanding of the situation.

“In 1979 … it became clear to me that we — Jews and Palestinians — would have to find a way to share this land that we both loved and both considered to be our homeland,” Kaufman-Lacusta said.

The program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., in Grass Valley. Admission is free.

Donations will be collected for the Maia project (“Maia” is Arabic for “water”) to install water purification/desalination units at schools in the Gaza strip of Palestine. Refreshments will be available. For further information about the presentation or about the sponsor and its projects, please call 530-478-1943 or visit

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