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"In Hebron, Death and Life" - August 12, 2002 (Reprinted)

After almost two years of the second intifada, after the murders of 600 Israelis and the crippling and wounding of thousands more, existence in Israel has become painfully surreal. Without our willing it or wanting it, at every moment, the unexpected comes.

 

And so it was with the funeral of Elazar Leibovich, who was shot and killed last Friday by terrorists as he was driving his friends, a newly married couple, around the Hebron hills.

 

Before he died, Elazar, a friend of my sons, tried to shoot at the terrorist who was firing from the roadside. Nerry Ben Yitzhak, married for two days, with his young bride sitting in the back seat, pushed Elazar aside and took over the wheel. As Nerry sped for help, a car with two parents and their children came down the road from the opposite direction on their way to a peaceful Sabbath at the settlement of Maon. Nerry signaled at the father to stop. But not understanding Nerry's motions, the father drove into the ambush; the parents and one son were killed, with nine living children orphaned. Read More

 

"The Hebron Disease" - October 14, 1995

 

 

"Maze of Terror: A Settler's Diary" - April 18,1994

Fear and faith in a West Bank settlement. Roughly 115,000 Jews live in 124 settlements in the West Bank, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of June 1967. For some, it is a dream come true, this life in the ancient land of Judea and Samaria. For others, it is a place where housing is relatively inexpensive or where jobs are available. For still others, the West Bank is a life of contradiction--of community and isolation, of joy and heartache, of security and fear.

 

It is all these things and more for June Leavitt, who grew up on Long Island, N.Y., attended the University of Wisconsin and moved to Israel 15 years ago. A writer, she has published one novel, finished a second and is completing a third. She and her husband and their five children live in Kiryat Arba, the West Bank settlement adjacent to Hebron, where Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians at prayer on February 25. Her diary begins nearly 18 months ago. The following excerpts reveal one view of life in a land of promise and peril. OCT. 24, 1992. My mind ran over my life here in Kiryat Arba. Living in the "occupied territories," my two boys travel every day to Jerusalem, passing through hostile Arab villages on the way. My husband, Frank, travels in the opposite direction to Beersheba, where he teaches philosophy and coordinates a program in ethics for medical students, also passing through Arab cities. Daughter Estie travels twice a week to Jerusalem for ballet lessons. Joshua once a week for a program for gifted children. Read More

 

Seventeen Magazine  "Life in a College Dormitory" - December 1969
 

 

"To Marry a Dog" - Journal of Inernational Women's Studies Vol. 7 #4, May, 2006

I was the photographer/journalist on an international medical education team, sponsored by The Center for Asian and International Bioethics of Ben Gurion University of the Negev that went to Kadalur, in Tamil Nadu, India to teach rural Untouchable women basic mother and child health care. Two violations of human rights which came to my attention, one an Untouchable child's, and one an Untouchable widow's are the focus of this documented photographic essay which explores the historical, social and religious roots of the repression of the Untouchables of India today.  Read More

 

Notes and Queries

"The Influence of Medieval Rabbinical Commentators of Pembroke's Psalm 58"

Vol. 50. No. 4 Dec 2003

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