Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. In 2013-2014, she was also a visiting assistant professor and a research associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her most recent publications include her book Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Princeton University Press, 2015) and ‘Authenticating Representation: Women’s Quotas and Islamist Parties in the Middle East’ (in Politics & Gender, Vol. 13, 2016). Lihi has also worked extensively with civil society organizations, the US Department of State, and USAID on conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects in the Israeli-Palestinian context. She holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Political Science from Yale University and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University.
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Our Voice of the Fortnight is “The Lachish Story”, a film from the Steven Spielberg Archive at Hebrew University. The film shows Moroccan immigrants’ journey from France to Israel in the early years of statehood, and the adjustment of one family to life in a moshav in the Lachish region.