January 6, 2010 | 3:42 pm
Hedy Epstein is what some might see as a contradiction in terms: a survivor of the Holocaust and also a staunch advocate for the Palestinian people. Born in 1924 in
In 2001 she founded the
Although Egyptian authorities refused to let the full contingent of protesters into
How did you get interested in the Israel/Palestine issue?
I was born in
This will be my third try to go to
Why did you decide to go with CodePink and participate in the group's
I've known about CodePink for quite some time and when I found out they were planning a march to
How have people reacted to your decision to be an advocate for Palestinians?
It depends whom you're talking to or whom you're talking about. The mainstream, organized Jewish community, both locally and in other places, have called me anti-Semitic, a self-hating Jew. I'm not anti-Israel, but you're not allowed to criticize
How do you think
I don't know. I hope they will be nonviolent. When I was in the
Do you think there can be peace in
In the near future, no. I'm an inveterate optimist, so someday there will be peace, but a lot of things have to change before that happens. If the occupation were to stop overnight, it would make all the difference in the world.
-- Daniel Siegal
Photo: Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein, center, and
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs