American activist and feminist Starhawk denied entry and deported from Israel.
Thursday March 13, 2008 15:25 by Mary Firth - IMEMC News
Starhawk, well known American activist was deported by the Israeli government on Thursday.
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author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based,
feminist spirituality arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday, 12 March.
was here to help teach a permaculture course in the northern West Bank
as well as working with earth activists to develop a project in the
Dr. Joanne Taylor, a British psychologist
commented on the deportation "clearly the Israeli authorities are
paranoid even about letting people grow crops and conserve rainwater on
their own land."
Declaring herself as 'a peace, environmental,
and global justice activist and trainer, a permaculture designer and
teacher, a Pagan and Witch', perhaps this earthy combination was just
too threatening for the powers that be. Starhawk's key message is that
the power we hold within ourselves has potential far greater than any
people can have over us.
Certainly survival of the Palestinian
people depends on being able to feed themselves; whilst even access to
water is under threat from the Israeli military occupation, learning
ways to recycle and store this is an urgent priority.
the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality, Starhawk
is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose
work and writings have inspired many to action. Her works have been
translated into many languages and her essays reprinted across the
An 'out' lesbian, Starhawk's newest book is The Earth
Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. It would seem
that Israel has much to fear from such open-minded thinking and this
cowardly move will only help spread her word more widely.