Iris Keltz to Read & Sign Her New Book

UBPLWednesday, May 17 th at 7pm

Iris Keltz will read from her new book, Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel, at the Peace Center. Keltz might be the only Jew, American or Israeli, to have found sanctuary with the Palestinians during the Six-Day War in 1967. Her story of self-discovery takes her from the streets of Paris where she dreamed of becoming a writer to the volatile Middle East.

After hitchhiking from Paris to Jerusalem, Jordan in 1967, Keltz had to wait 3 days for permission to cross a UN checkpoint into Jerusalem, Israel—enough time for her to meet a handsome young Palestinian poet, musician, and world traveler. After a whirlwind courtship, they married and were planning their honeymoon when war broke out. The day Israeli soldiers barged into a basement apartment in Ramallah where the newlyweds had found sanctuary with other Palestinians, Iris was frozen with fear. She meant to cry out, “I’m Jewish, American and these are my friends.” Her silence that day compelled her to write this book.

Keltz is retired from a forty-year teaching career that began in Harlem, NY, and ended in Albuquerque, NM. Her first book, Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie (2000, CincoPuntos Press) is an award-winning memoir documenting the counterculture in Northern New Mexico, where she has lived since the early seventies. Her articles, op-eds, and essays have appeared in print and electronic media. She has spoken at universities, synagogues, churches, high schools, and civic centers, and has represented her district in a national Tikkun lobby. Keltz is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-Abq) and Friends of Sabeel Abq. Both groups are sponsoring this event.

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