New York, N.Y., January 6, 2015 – Our friend and fellow member of the Board of Directors of the America-Israel Friendship League, Joan Peters Caro, died on January 5, 2015 at her home in Chicago in the presence of her family. Joan was a passionate Zionist and advocate for the State of Israel. In 1984, she published “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine” a deeply researched study of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Her book was variously acclaimed and praised by many experts, but was also vigorously criticized by others. The controversy over the Israel-Palestinian narrative raged for years and continues to this day. Joan chose not to respond or participate directly in the debate about the accuracy of her writing, but for many years lectured and participated in discussions on the subject; paperback copies of her book have been continuously available. She will be missed by many friends.
The AIFL extends our sincere condolences to her husband, Dr. William Caro, and her daughter Lore Peters, and to other members of her family. May they be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Her funeral will be held in Chicago, IL and a memorial tribute to Joan Peters will be held in New York in the near future.
Kenneth J. Bialkin
Charlotte K. Frank
Chair, Executive Committee