Local activist Susan Nicholson will describe her experiences on a study trip to Israel and the West Bank on Thursday, November 17, at the Northshore UU Church. Sponsored by the church’s Social Action Committee, Nicholson’s talk, titled “Israel’s Settlements and Separation Wall: Security or Obstacle to Peace?”, will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
in November 2009, with 40 other participants, Nicholson met and heard from religious leaders of the Palestinian Christian community, Israeli peace activists, leaders of a number of Palestinian and Israeli organizations dedicated to non-violence and peaceful co-existence, an elected member of the Palestinian Parliament and former candidate for president of the Palestinian National Authority, an Israeli Arab member of the Knesset, the acting governor of the West Bank city of Nablus, and an official at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Nicholson, a graduate of Harvard Law School, practiced health law in Boston for 25 years until her retirement in 2008. Before practicing law, she taught philosophy at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, where she specialized in medical ethics. Currently a resident of Gloucester, and a member of the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, she has been actively involved in the Israeli-Palestinian issue over the past 10 years. During the fall and winter of 2010-’11, she was in Beirut, where she audited a course at the American University of Beirut on the history and development of the Arab-Israeli conflict.