Nurit Peled-Elhanan

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Nurit Peled-Elhanan "is a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a peace activist, and one of the founders of the Parents Circle—Families Forum. In 2001, she was the recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

"Born in Israel, Nurit Peled-Elhanan studied at the University of California in Los Angeles and the Sorbonne (University of Paris) and received her Ph.D. at Hebrew University. She specializes in Israeli educational materials, with emphasis on the visual and verbal presentation of Palestinian and Mizrahi Jews (Jews of Middle Eastern descent). Her current work analyzes the presentation of Palestinians in Israeli history and geography textbooks.

"Peled-Elhanan's family is active in the peace movement. Her father is the famous Israeli general-turned-peace activist, Mattiyahu Peled. Rami Elhanan, her husband, co-founded the Parents Circle—Families Forum. Her two sons are "refuseniks," Israelis who refuse to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories with the Israeli military and are involved with Combatants for Peace, a movement of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters..." [1]

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  1. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, American Friends Service Committee, accessed August 24, 2007.