Grappling with social change and grassroots activism can be a struggle. Porter Square Books welcomes SHEILA KATZ for a discussion on her illuminating new book. Connecting with the Enemy presents the first comprehensive history of unprecedented grassroots efforts to forge nonviolent alternatives to the lethal collision of the two national movements. Bringing to light the work of over five hundred groups, Katz describes how Arabs and Jews, artists and activists, educators and students, garage mechanics and physicists, and lawyers and prisoners have worked stood in resistance and solidarity. She also critiques and assesses the significance of their work and explores why these good-will efforts have not yet managed to end the conflict or occupation. This previously untold story of Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence will challenge the mainstream narratives of terror and despair, monsters and heroes, that help to perpetuate the conflict.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.