Starhawk Deported From Israel

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  March 13, 2008 — 9 Comments

Author, activist, and Reclaiming co-founder Starhawk has been refused entry and deported from Israel. Starhawk (born Miriam Simos, a descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants), who was there to teach a permaculture course in the northern West Bank, has long been critical of Israel’s policies concerning the Palestinian-controlled West Bank and Gaza. A stance that very likely prompted the deportation order.


“Starhawk, author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday, 12 March. She was here to help teach a permaculture course in the northern West Bank as well as working with earth activists to develop a project in the Bethlehem area. Dr. Joanne Taylor, a British psychologist commented on the deportation “clearly the Israeli authorities are paranoid even about letting people grow crops and conserve rainwater on their own land.” Declaring herself as ‘a peace, environmental, and global justice activist and trainer, a permaculture designer and teacher, a Pagan and Witch’, perhaps this earthy combination was just too threatening for the powers that be.”

The deportation order seems surprising since Starhawk is an outspoken proponent of non-violent solutions, and while critical of the Israeli government’s policies towards Palestinians, has continually reiterated her Jewish identity and “true love” for Israel. It should be interesting to see what reasons the Israeli government ultimately gives for this deportation, and if Starhawk’s relationship with news organizations like The Washington Post will result in mainstream media coverage of this event.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Aedus

    <sarcasm alert>Why would the regular media report on this? Don’t you know Israel can do no wrong? To even suggest otherwise is anti-semitic, and downright un-American! *see AIPAC, I love Israel, please don’t hunt down my family in the night!*</sarcasm alert>

  • anarchist

    because the Nazi and antisemitic forces in the united states are RABID and as such would mutter. It might not make it to MSNBC and CNN, known to be psyops/propaganda holes, but it might get out on fox. for a minute before they went on. when Kathy Chang the political activist lit herself on fire she got on headline news for one or two days of ten second grainy feed.The real fact of the Nazi influence on the Bush family will, however, keep the facts of how the Israel state got to be how it is in the background. Doublethink will abound and far left sources like will out of a hatred for jewry that they don’t even understand also underreport this, as it will be too confusing for fake-media geeks who don’t know who, what, when, where and why. Blessed Be!

  • Copper Asetemhat Stewart

    Thanks very much for posting this. I heard it here first.

  • Cyber_Hippie

    Many blessings to Starhawk. She is doing good work and we all know it. The fact that the powers that be feel threatened is a good thing, because it means she is making a difference.I hope this decision will be reversed, however–I know that Starhawk does the work she does out of Love, pure and simple.~The Hippie

  • Barry

    A WITCH??!!Maybe she can tweak her nose to lose sixty pounds.

  • Jason Pitzl-Waters

    “Maybe she can tweak her nose to lose sixty pounds.”Barry, With a comment like that you must be in peak physical condition. You should point us to some photos and tell us which gym you work out in.

  • Anonymous

    On reading her own writing on her own web site:The Israel Activist Festival. come across this paragraph that she wrote on April the 23’rd 2004.And I quote from her site 5 paragraphs from the bottom of the article:>What happened at the airport is another story, which maybe I’ll tell>someday. Suffice to say that the authorities made it known that I will>not be welcomed back.So Boo Hoo to Starhawk, she was warned, and didn’t listen, now she has not been allowed back into

  • Agravaine

    Well I reckon she’s a deadset bloody legend & more power to her! She has more guts ( & chutzpah) in her little finger than most people have in their entire lives. Go You Good Thing Starhawk!

  • migdalit

    I’d love to know if any of you knew the reason the Israeli authorities gave for this. I mean … they have to write SOMETHING in their documents don’t they?So if someone has the information or knows whom to ask for it …