Osie Adelfang: Shifting Sands, Interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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April 25, 2010

(SOAPBOX #59) – Cindy welcomes author/editor Osie Adelfang of an anthology, telling a story best capsulized as “Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation.”  Now this is significant, because Osie was raised as a Jewish Israeli girl in the USA, and was nourished with the “official” propaganda story of Jewish emigration into an empty land and their subsequent victimization by Arab predators.  This “official” line somehow failed to tell Jewish children of the fact the land was already occupied – by Palestinians.  Osie had quite a journey to come to understand what she really knew, what she really didn’t know, and what she “knew” that just wasn’t so!  She was so alone.  Even today, the “official” rendition of current events within Israel doesn’t include inconvenient facts, like the recent worldwide Gaza freedom march.  It was a *bleeping* difficult transformation, for all who did undergo it.  It was a principal motivation for her book, so the book holds many poignant, meaningful stories.  Osie and Cindy discuss much personally meaningful detail, and tell marvelous stories.  The process of revising what you’ve always believed to be the “facts” of your life is always the most poignant of human experiences.  Especially the mythology of “A land without a people for a people without a land” was especially difficult to confront and rectify.  Osie tells Cindy of her own experiences.  They have much worth listening to.


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