Whos in town

Israeli journalist to discuss intifada

Veteran Israeli journalist Herb Keinon will speak at the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

Keinon, the diplomatic correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, will address the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

The Denver-born journalist, who moved to Israel more than two decades ago, is a resident of Ma’aleh Adumim in the West Bank.

While Keinon moved to a settlement for financial rather than ideological reasons, he strongly objects to the characterization of settlers as the major obstacles in the path of peace.

“Unfortunately, what’s happened in America is that people look at it as if we’d just remove the settlements, we’d live in peace. If the Israeli public believed removing the settlements would bring peace, they would do it; they would support removing them as they did in Camp David,” he told j. in 2002.

“The public doesn’t buy that anymore. The last [several] years of being kicked in the teeth kicks down the notion that settlements are the problem.”

The event is sponsored by Bridges to Israel and the BRJCC. For information, call the BRJCC at (510) 848-0237.

Talk addresses queer activism in Israel and Palestine

“Tearing Down Fences: Queer Activism in Israel/Palestine” will be discussed by two queer activists on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Dalit Baum is an Israeli lesbian who is a member of Women in Black and a founder of Black Laundry, an LGBT group against the Israeli occupation.

Mazen Nassar is a gay Lebanese-American Taoist Druze activist with the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group.

Baum and Nassar will speak 7 p.m. Jan. 24, at the New College Theater, 777 Valencia St., S.F. For information, call (415) 437-3460.

Jerusalem Report editor addresses anti-Semitism

Stuart Schoffman, an editor and columnist for The Jerusalem Report, was scheduled to give a lecture at Stanford on Thursday, Jan. 15 on the resurgence of global anti-Semitism.

The American-born Schoffman has lived in Israel since 1988. He sits on the Amuta, the Israeli advisory board of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, and was visiting on federation business.