Join us on Tuesday, Oct 27 at 6:00 pm in LC 28 for an interactive conversation with Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace. People have been kept in dark regarding the true face of Zionism and its monopolizing claims of being the sole representative of Judaism and the Jewish people. Jewish Voices for Peace seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all people in the Holy Land. We are honored to have Candace Graff and Tzvia Their to represent Jewish Voices for Peace at Drew.
Candace Graff is a Paralegal at the Legal Aid Society in New York, where she works on issues around juvenile justice and child welfare. She is a leader in Jewish Voice for Peace’s New York City chapter. Previously, she worked at a human rights and legal aid organization in Ramallah, specializing in issues of settler violence. She attended Harvard College, where she studied Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. Her senior thesis, “Pockets of Lawlessness in the Oasis of Justice,” was published in the Jerusalem Quarterly.
Tzvia Thier was born in Romania during World War II. Her family immigrated to Israel when she was six, in the wake of the Holocaust. Tzvia grew up in Tel Aviv and spent years on a kibbutz. She was part of a “socialist Zionist” youth movement, “HaShomer HaTzair”. While serving in the army, she volunteered to teach immigrants in the Negev, mainly from North Africa. Tzvia continued on as a teacher and a principal until she moved to the US. In 1995 Tzvia moved back to Israel and lived in Jerusalem. She was a liberal Zionist and felt strongly connected to Israel. She believed that Israel should withdraw from the occupied territories and felt that discrimination shouldn’t take place but she didn’t know anything about what was happening on the other side of the wall. She didn’t have any contact with any Palestinian in her life until an incident that took place in 2008, in a Jerusalem neighborhood SheikhJarrah where two Palestinian families were being evicted from their homes. That was THE FIRST TIME in her life, at the age of 64, after living in Israel for 58 years, that she had conversations with Palestinians! Tzvia went with a few organizations’ tours to the West Bank, attended talks and joined Ta’ayush, where she started to work in solidarity with Palestinians and helping them with everyday life.