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Dolev - Working for Peace in Israel

October 20, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO - On Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center's Benes room (40 Rowland Avenue), Dr. Diana Dolev will speak about her peace initiatives in Israel. Her speech is co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Honors Program and is part of the Sagan National Colloquium, whose theme this year is "The United States and the Islamic World: Challenges and Prospects."

Dr. Diana Dolev teaches at two schools of design in Israel and researches the connections between national identity and architecture. She is an activist, and initiated a weekly vigil, Women in Black, in Beer Sheva in 1998. She is still active, most recently as a member of the organizing committee of the August 2005 international WIB conference in Jerusalem. Dolev is also a member of New Profile, a feminist and anti-militarist group committed to peace in Israel, working with their educational team.

Dolev's speech, which is part of a New Profile's national tour, will highlight crucial links between U.S. militarization and the militarization in Israel/Palestine and clarify the connections between Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza (the latter still under Israeli control) and the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. Dolev has been an activist since 1980 when she facilitated a group of Palestinian and Jewish students at the "Education for Peace" program at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva. In 1987, Dolev established a branch of the Association of Civil Rights (ACRI) in Beer Sheva, then went on to found the "Gaza Team," which petitioned Israeli authorities against human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. The team collected detailed testimonies and succeeded in exposing Israeli atrocities in the mainstream media.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 20th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://snc.owu.edu or call 740-368-3995.