Sarah Irving

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Hanna Braun RIP

Today I learned some sad news; of the death of Hanna Braun. Hanna was an amazing woman and a wonderful example of the principled stance some members of the Jewish community have taken against the State of Israel’s attempts to appropriate their identity and legacy for its own political ends.
Born in Berlin, Hanna was taken to Israel by her parents in the 1930s to escape Nazi Germany (one of her grandmothers eventually died in the Terezin – Theresienstadt – death camp). She became a member of the Haganah, the Israeli armed forces who overran Palestine in 1948 and established the State of Israel. Disillusioned by Israel, Hanna came to the UK in 1958 and her political journey took her, by the 1980s, to active Palestine solidarity work.
I had the privilege of working alongside Hanna when we both joined the Christmas 2001 ISM call for internationals to come to the West Bank, then a year into the Second Intifada. I remember her as a dainty woman, always immaculately dressed and wearing neat little boots and perfect lipstick even when the rest of us seemed to have managed to get covered in mud and clay from digging out roadblocks. Then in her mid-70s, she always did an fantastic job of diverting Israeli soldiers when they tried to harass Palestinian villagers and their ISM supporters; the soldiers never seemed to know quite what to do with this tidy little woman who could well have been their grandmother and who told them Yiddish jokes about Polish people and herring. She had, I seem to remember, a wickedly dry sense of humour.
Hanna’s death comes close on the heels of the publication of her autobiography, Weeds Don’t Perish: Memoirs of a Defiant Old Woman, by Garnet Publishing.

7 comments on “Hanna Braun RIP

  1. Zion gonna win
    November 21, 2011

    Ding dong the witch is dead
    Which old which, the Braunnose bitch,
    Ding dong the stupid cunt is dead!!

    (and who will be next?)

    • Sarah Irving
      November 21, 2011

      Wow, well that was classy. Approved just to show exactly what kind of delightful characters support the State of Israel nowadays…

    • Sarah Irving
      November 21, 2011

      I have to wonder if the appearance of comments like this is at all associated with a number of clickthroughs from CIFWatch…

    • BRAUN
      October 16, 2012

      hopfully you will die next in the worst possible way which is…

      (buy a dictionary you… *witch)

  2. dwighttowers
    November 30, 2011

    As that noted self-loathing jew, Noam Chomsky, says [I paraphrase] “if these people weren’t writing terrible things about me, I’d worry I was doing something wrong.”
    FWIW, I don’t think you are doing anything wrong. Rather, a lot right.

  3. jessica parra-braun
    January 12, 2012

    this woman was my great gandmother i have a huge loss as she is gone thank you for your tribute

    • Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
      February 24, 2012

      Jessica! – and Sarah… Im an independent journalist and over the years I had Hanna on my podcast on 3 occasions.. one of my favorite guests… Im working now on a podcast where I will use highlights of those three appearances. Please email me or just follow my website as that show will be released early next week.

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