24, '09: Starhawk was invited to write an op-ed piece for
Al Arabiya about her friend Tristan, shot at a nonviolent protest
in Palestine. We have a direct
link to the piece at alarabiya.net -- check it out.
14, '09: Tristan Shot in the
West Bank -- as Starhawk's friend clings to life in an Israeli
hospital, she suggests that now is an excellent time to get involved
and take action on behalf of the Palestinian cause.
30, '08: On Gaza -- As Israeli
jets bombs Gaza, Starhawk clarifies the issues and proposes a
radical solution: acknowlege Palestinians as people whose lives
16 '08: Denied Entry -- Starhawk
is turned back to the US at the Israeli border while on her way
to Palestine for a permaculture workshop.
16 '07: Four Years Ago
- and Today -- On the fourth anniversary of Starhawk's trip
to Palestine as an ISM activist, she urges everyone to get out
and continue to protest against the ongoing wars in Iraq and elsewhere
-- whether it feels like the thing to be doing or not.
21 '07: To Be a
True Friend of the Jewish People -- Starhawk is a panelist
on the Washington Post/Newsweek religion blog On Faith. Each week
they pose a question which the panelists are invited to answer.
This question was on whether one can criticize Israel without
being anti-Semitic. Starhawk's reply is included here.
6 '06: Response to
Ozick on Rachel Corrie -- Starhawk writes to the New Republic
in response to a biased and inaccurate review by Cynthia Ozick
of the play, "My Name is Rachel Corrie".
'06: While the Bombs
Fell -- as Starhawk teaches permaculture, the bombing of Lebanon
causes untold devastation. Starhawk discusses the futility of
it all and calls for ongoing activism to make a difference.
23 '04: "Sharon's Shell
Game in Rafah" in the wake of the major assault on Rafah,
Starhawk examines the overall objective of the Sharon government
and reminds us of the need for internationl condemnation of the
so-called "security wall" and of the IDF assault in general.
20 '04: As
you can imagine, the horrifying violence in Rafah has been deeply
upsetting. Here is a short Op Ed piece: "Rafah's
Human Face," and below that, a message from Gila Svirsky,
Israeli peace activist, with numbers to call and email addresses
to write. I urge you all who have been following my posts from
the occupied territories to let your voices be heard now at this
Child rides bike in front of ruined homes.
(photo by Starhawk)
trip from spring 2004:
- April 23 '04:"Last Update: The Israeli Activist Festival" -- Home in California, Starhawk writes of the Israeli Activist Festival, the denial of even well-meaning people, and the deteriorating situation in the West Bank.
- April 9 '04:"Last
Day on the West Bank" -- Starhawk
tells of the intimate world of Palestinian
women...and the terrible irrationality
of continuing violence.
- April 6 '04: "On the Quest for Raw Sewage" -- A vivid walk through the "holy land," finding that the new colonizers, Israeli settlers, treat it as far less than sacred.
- April 5 '04: "Last
Year in Mas'Ha" -- Notes and
insights on the use, hopes, and
limitations of nonviolence in Palestine.
- April 4 '04: "Land Day in Beit Duqu" -- Palestinian villagers--with international and Israeli peace activists--protest the continued construction of the Wall.
30 '04: "Village
and Settlements" -- While helping
Palestinians farmers plow, Starhawk
writes of Jewish settlements and
how future historians might see
30 '04: "Beit
Leqiya" -- Palestinians demonstrate
against the Wall in their village,
then life returns to "normal" for
25 '04: The stubborn cycles continues as Starhawk analyzes Sheikh Yassin's assassination, and tells of her friend Neta's delivery: "Death and Birth in the Occupied Territories"
22 '04: "Day of the Assassination" -- On the West Bank teaching international peace volunteers, word comes of the murder of Sheikh Yassin, Hamas leader. Starhawk observes the ecology of repression as a bad situation gets worse.
20 '04: "The
Value of Land" -- How can peaceful
Palestinian protesters gain the
power and legitimacy that Ghandi
and King achieved, if everyone ignores
18 '04: "Demonstration
At the Wall" -- Palestinian
villagers (with Starhawk, and ISM
volunteers) protest The Wall being
built, that separates them from
their fields of olives and figs,
the land's mosaic of ancient permacultural
16 '04: "Standing
at the Gates of Jerusalem" --
a colorful evocation of Old Jerusalem
and the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict, as Starhawk travels to
the home of her friend Neta, an
Israeli peace activist.
10 '04: "The
Price of an Orange" -- on the
anniversary of the murders of Rachel
Corrie and Tom Hurdnall in Palestine,
Starhawk remembers her visit with
the inhabitants of Rafah, and of
their continuing struggle to maintain
the old way of life in the face
of constant attacks by the Israelis.
Archived writings concerning Palestine and Israel:
6 '03: In "Who
is the ISM?" Starhawk writes
about the International Solidarity
Movement and their essential role
in the ongoing monitoring of the
situation in Palestine.
6 '03: In the piece "Next
year in MasíHa"
Starhawk writes about
spending Passover in this Palestinian
town on the edge of the newly constructed
"security wall" -- a must read!
12 '03: In "More
Blood in Rafah" Starhawk
reports on the shooting of peace
activist Tom Hudnall, and examines
this tragedy in the context of the
ongoing marginalization of the Palestinian
7 '03: Just posted: "Loving
the Jewish Community Means Supporting
Justice." Starhawk's 2002 essay
for Tikkun, an internationally recognized
magazine of Jewish culture, spirituality,
and politics. She discusses the
dilemmas and strategies of Jewish
peace activism, and contrasts Jewish
culture's innate values of justice
with the current policies of the
29 '03: Starhawk recorded an interesting
interview with Vancouver (Canada)
Cooperative Radio, about her work
and experiences in Palestine. It
can be heard at www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=6704.
26 '03: "A
Bone From Rafah" -- writing
from Rafah, Palestine, Starhawk
writes on the ongoing struggle of
the Palestinians in the wake of
Rachel Corrie's death and in the
shadow of an ongoing war in Iraq.
19 '03: In "Nablus
on the Eve of War", Starhawk
writes about being in Palestine
on the verge of the US war on Iraq.
16 '03: young American peace activist
Rachel Corrie was
deliberately crushed to death by
an Israeli soldier in Gaza on this
day. Writing from Palestine, Starhawk
tells of this event with a call
1 '02: "The
Battle of the Coffeepot" Writing
in July from the occupied Palestinian
town of Jenin, Starhawk considers
ordinariness in painfully extraordinary
circumstances. After the bulldozers
and F16s, there remains the stubborn
rituals of life.
3 '02: "Targeting
the Innocent". From the front
lines of the West Bank, Starhawk
notes the context of the ongoing
occupation and terror. Both sides
are responsible for horrible killings
and destruction. Both must stop
targeting the innocent. How did
it happen that the Palestinian move
to do so was short-circuited?
12 '02: "The
Boy Who Kissed the Soldier"
Starhawk and her fellow ISM peace
volunteers witnessed some astonishingly
trusting, and some brutal, events
while staying with a Palestinian
family of women and children (the
men had all been detained). What
becomes "normal" under occupation?
28 '02: "Heresies
in Pursuit of Peace: Thoughts on
insightful analysis of the current
conflict in the Middle East considers
true justice and the heart-wrenching
dilemma of progressive Jews. "To
Orthodox Jews, I'm a heretic, which
gives me a certain freedom to say
what I think.... But I am still
a Jew, and the view from the edge
can sometimes be clearer than that
from the center."
in Jenin": "This is
a post from an old friend of mine
who is in Israel/Palestine as a
nonviolent peace witness. She is
a longtime peace activist, nonviolence
trainer, and someone I trust absolutely."
June 5 '03 Day of Action for Justice in Palestine:
Three archived reports from Starhawk's 2002 visit: