TEL AVIV – Starhawk, a well-known American activist and author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality, was deported March 13 by the Israeli government the day after she arrived in Tel Aviv. She flew to Israel to help teach a permaculture course in the Palestinian northern West Bank, as well as working with earth activists to develop a project in the Bethlehem area.

"Clearly the Israeli authorities are paranoid even about letting [Palestinian] people grow crops and conserve rainwater on their own land," said Dr. Joanne Taylor, a British psychologist, on the deportation. Survival of the Palestinian people depends upon being able to feed themselves; access to water is under threat from the Israeli military occupation, so learning ways to recycle and store water is an urgent priority.

Starhawk declares herself as "a peace, environmental, and global justice activist and trainer, a permaculture designer and teacher, a Pagan and Witch." Starhawk’s key message is that the power we hold within ourselves is potentially far greater than any people can have over us. One of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality, Starhawk is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. Her works have been translated into many languages and her essays reprinted across the world.

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