Community members are invited to hear Dorothy Naor speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. Admission is free.
With a Ph.D in English literature from Tel Aviv University, Naor has been an English teacher for much of her life as well as an Israeli peace and justice activist. She will discuss the impact of Israel’s growing militarism, its perception as “the only democracy in the Middle East” and the price Israelis pay as a result of the occupation of the West Bank.
And although it is a controversial and painful issue for her to address within her community, Naor publicly advocates for active engagement in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign as a nonviolent means to ending the occupation. She also has been involved in providing humanitarian assistance to Palestinian patients in Israel.
The events in October 2000, during which 13 Israeli Arabs were killed by Israeli police, caused Naor to begin questioning her beliefs. She joined New Profile, a feminist Israeli organization that aims to “civil-ize” Israeli society and objects to its militarization.