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Villages Group Finds A Local Hero in Umm Daraj

With all the bad news about the fierce apparatus of “Separation” in the West Bank, it is inspiring to learn  about the work of the Villages Group –a small group of Israelis who have regularly traveled to cut-off villages in the West Bank  since 2002.  With their Palestinian partners, they seek to renew direct interaction between the two peoples, with frequent, open, and mutually respectful contact.

Recently the group visited the  Beduin village of Umm Daraj in the Judean desert, where a woman named Huda has managed to keep a preschool running with almost no facility and no budget.


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Carol Sanders was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She is a retired legal services attorney and author of legal texts. She lived in Israel from 1963 to 1966, where she worked on a kibbutz, did graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as an assistant to the then-mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Carol is a long-time activist with Jewish Voice for Peace, and is the JVP representative to the Middle East Advisory Committee and a member of Bay Area Women in Black.

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