A Report on the Political Situation in Israel
and the Occupied Territories

with Marcia Freedman

Monday, June 4 at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT/7:30pm MT/6:30pm PT Please join Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, who will discuss her recent trip to Israel and the occupied territories where she met with various political and grassroots leaders including MK Colette Avital (Labor) who is running for the post of President of Israel and Mustafa Barghouti (Independent Palestine), Minister of Information for the Palestinian Authority.

TO JOIN: Dial 1-641-696-6699 within 5 minutes of the call's designated start time and then enter the access code 123432#. You are responsible only for domestic long distance charges.

QUESTIONS: The presentation will be followed by an extensive question and answer session open to all participants. Please send brief questions before or during the call to townhall@btvshalom.org.


Marcia Freedman, President of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, was one of the founders and leaders of the feminist movement in Israel in the early seventies. In 1973 she was elected to the Knesset and served through 1977. A rare spokesperson for women's issues in the Knesset, Ms. Freedman raised concerns that had never been publicly discussed in Israel, such as domestic violence, breast cancer, rape, incest, and teenage prostitution. She introduced legislation that led to reform of Israel's then highly restrictive abortion law. In 1977 she co-founded the Women's Party. She also was an active member of the Israeli peace movement, and helped to pioneer a network of services for women, including Israel's first shelter for battered women in Haifa. Between 1997 and 2002, Freedman divided her time between Berkeley and Jerusalem. In Israel, she founded the Community School for Women, a school without walls that provides women's studies in the community as well as courses designed for economic empowerment. In Berkeley, she is a frequent lecturer and an advocate for Israeli women's and peace issues in the North American Diaspora. She is past president of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. She is the author of an acclaimed memoir, Exile in the Promised Land, and numerous articles and reviews.

Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, The Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
11 E. Adams Street, Suite 707
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 341-1205
Fax: (312) 341-1206


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