An Evening with Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta Activist & Author of:
Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Refusing to Be Enemies gathers a comprehensive collection of voices from Palestinian and Israeli - Christian, Muslim, and Jewish - nonviolence activists. Through interviews, essays, and contributions from activists, journalists, and academics, Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta explores the strategies, challenges and future of the nonviolence movement and the activists at the heart of this noble cause. Remarkably intimate, insightful and highly readable, the book reveals the widespread nature of this movement and how it is uniting people with diverse beliefs, faiths, and cultures toward ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta is a Quaker-Jewish activist who lived in Jerusalem for seven years (1988-95), during which time she participated in a variety of anti-occupation and solidarity groups, and took a particular interest in the practice and promotion of active nonviolence and joint Israeli-Palestinian endeavors. One of the founding members of the Action Committee for the Jahalin Tribe (ACJT) and a participant in the Hebron Solidarity Committee, Maxine was also part of a small collective that offered nonviolence training workshops during the early and mid-nineties attended by both Jewish and Druze activists in Israel, as well as one for the ACJT and other interested Jahalin. She is currently a member of Vancouver Women in Black, as well as the Vancouver branch of Independent Jewish Voices-Canada.
AFSC work in the Middle East began in 1948. From its initial engagement with refugees in Gaza, AFSC has been committed to peace-building as well as relief efforts.