Sarah Arnd Linder

Sarah Arnd Linder

Speaker & Independent scholar

Israeli-Palestinian conflict : Israeli society : women's voices 

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Sarah Arnd Linder grew up in Denmark, Switzerland, France and Belgium. After a year spent studying History and Sociology at the New School in New York, she moved to Israel in 2006. She received her Bachelor's degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy Cum Laude at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) with majors in Conflict Resolution and International Affairs in 2010 and her Master's degree Magna Cum Laude in Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University in 2014. She swiftly developed an interest for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a gender perspective leading her to establish a Feminist Forum at the IDC in 2009 and Political is Personal in 2015. 

Background & Skills

Sarah is the founder of Political is Personal (PiP), an initiative of in-depth interviews conducted with Israeli Jewish and Palestinian women, who share how the conflict has affected their lives. 

At PiP Sarah interviews Israeli Jewish and Palestinian women from age 18 and above from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, and even some women who live in the Diaspora but who have lived in the region for at least ten years. Approx. 90 women have been interviewed so far. 

In addition to interviewing and storytelling, Sarah has spoken about PiP, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli society and women's voices within the context of the conflict at several occasions and for academic and professional audiences in Israel, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the US.

Moreover, she conducted a research with Dr. Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Dr. Shir Daphna-Tekoah about the everyday lives of women within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For this research some of the interviews conducted for PiP have been transcribed and have been used as research material. 

Her expertise in the abovementioned subjects has been developed due to her: 

1. Academic background: International relations, Middle Eastern history, Islamic history, history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, political theory, women's status in the Middle East, especially in Israel and Palestine, classical Arabic (fus'ha)

2. Professional background: Experience of working in different local peace and community NGOs and participating in various activities and events held by local NGOs within the context of the conflict

3. Personal experiences: Having lived in Israel for 13 years, Sarah has first-hand experience of what it means to live the conflict, and how the conflict affects life directly and indirectly, especially as a woman. While most of her experience and knowledge is centered around Israeli society due to her living in Israel, she has also visited the West Bank several times for professional purposes and for leisure and is therefore quite family with the "dynamics" in Palestine as well.   



Sarah speaks, reads and writes Danish, French, English and Hebrew fluently. She also understands and speaks some Swedish, Norwegian and German and has some understanding of fus'ha- and spoken Palestinian Arabic. 


Articles about Sarah's work

Kontraster: Interview conducted by Birgit, September 13, 2018

Women in Foreign Policy: Interview conducted by Clara Martinez, September 21, 2017

The Turban Times: "Personalizing the conflict - The women in Israel and Palestine" by Masih Sadat, July 27, 2016

972mag: "Humanizing the conflict, in the words of the women who live it" by Laura Selz, February 19, 2016



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Image credit: Manami Sakamoto

Upcoming lectures

September 14, 2019 @ Folkeuniversitetet i København, Denmark, 10:15-14:00

September 18, 2019 @ Hadsund Kirke, Denmark, 14:00

September 19, 2019 @ Hørup Bibliotek, Denmark, 16:30

September 26, 2019 @ Ældre Sagen Frederiksberg, Denmark, 14:00-16:00

Past lectures

March 13, 2019 @ Timotheuskirken, Denmark

March 11, 2019 @ Nordfyns Højskole, Denmark, 9.30 – 12.00

March 8, 2019 @ Sct Peders Kirke, Slagelse, Denmark, 19:00

March 8, 2019 @ Frederiksberg Gymnasium, Denmark, 10:45-11:45

March 7, 2019 @ Ældre Sagen Gladsaxe, Denmark, 14:00-16:00

March 6, 2019 @ Lyng Kirke, Denmark, 19:30

March 4, 2019 @ Krogerup Højskole, Denmark, 19:30

January 25, 2019 @ Ansgar Kirke, Denmark, 10:00

January 20, 2019 @ Ældre Sagen Tølløse, Denmark, 14:00

January 17, 2019 @ Syddjurs Folkeuniversitet, Denmark, 19:00-21:00

January 16, 2019 @ Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Denmark, 19:00

January 15, 2019 @ Maribo Kirke, Denmark, 19:00-21:30

November 10, 2018 @ Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre, New York, USA - (time TBA)

October 30, 2018 @ Temple Eman-El of Edison, New Jersey, USA, 7:30 - 8:30

October 27, 2018, “Political is Personal” @ Temple Eman-El of Edison, New Jersey, USA - (time TBA)

September 27, 2018 @ Frederikskirken, Den Danske Kirke, Paris, France in collaboration with DJØF Paris - (time TBA)

September 25, 2018, Sct. Mikkels Kirke, Denmark, 16:30-18:00

September 20, 2018, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ Jetsmark Kirke, Denmark - (time TBA)

September 17, 2018, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ AOF Center Fyn, Denmark, 19:30

September 13, 2018, Dalum Kirke, Denmark, 10:00-12:00

September 12, 2018, Holte Kirke, Denmark, 19:00

September 12, 2018, Snostrup Kirke, Frederikssund, Denmark, 10:00

September 10, 2018, Frihavnskirken, Østerbro, Denmark, 18:00

May 3, 2018, "Political is Personal: Women's Voices in Israel-Palestine" @ Fachhochschule Kiel, Kiel, Germany - 12:00-14:00

April 23, 2018, "Her Story: Palestinian and Jewish women in the conflict" @ Milhauz Institute of Education, Art and Identity, in cooperation with Moishe House, Ramat Gan, Israel - 19:00 - 21:00

March 14, 2018, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ AOF Vejle-Fredericia, Denmark, 17:30 - 18:45

March 13, 2018, "Eftermiddagsmøde: Kvindernes stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ Helleruplund Kirke, Denmark, 14:00 - 16:00

March 12, 2018, lecture @ AOF Hvidovre, Denmark - (time TBA)

March 8, 2018, Lecture @ Roskilde Bibliotekerne, Denmark, 18:15

March 7, 2018, Lecture @ Eliaskirken, Vesterbro, Denmark, 15:00

March 7, 2018, two lectures @ AOF Hvidovre, Denmark - (times TBA)

March 1, 2018, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ Ældre Sagen Rødovre, Denmark - (times TBA), 09:45 - 11:45

February 26, 2018, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ DOKK1 Aarhus, Denmark, 16:30 - 18:00

February 23, 2018, "Fredagsmøde: Kvindernes stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ Stavnsholtkirken, Denmark, 14:30 - 16:00

February 21, 2018, Lecture @ Nykøbing F. Folkeuniversitet, Denmark, 19:00

November 8, 2017, Lecture @ Davids Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark

November 7, 2017, "Kvinderne og Israel-Palæstina konflikten" @ Højskolen Marielyst, Denmark

November 6, 2017, "Kvindernes stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ AOF Bornholm, Denmark

October 26, 2017, AOF at Kulturhuset Brønden, Brøndby Strand, Denmark

October 24, 2017, "Kvindernes Stemmer i Israel-Palæstina" @ Kulturhavn Gilleleje, Denmark

October 18, 2017, "Political is Personal: Women’s Voices in Israel-Palestine" @ WIIS Brussels, Belgium

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