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.