Neta Golan was born in Canada but, when she was nine, her family emigrated to Israel. Although she grew up as a Zionist, her attitudes changed over time. She helped to launch the International Solidarity Movement, In April 2002, she stayed, as a human shield, with Arafat when his compound was under Isreli attack. She is married to a Palestinian, Nizar Kamall from Nablus, and, in Spring 2003, she had their first child, Nawal.
Golan was Rachel Corrie's instructor in the Beit Sahur workshop when Corrie arrived in Palestine in January 2003. Of the killing of Corrie, Golan says
"All the people who were there near the bulldozer say there's no doubt that the soldier hurt her deliberately. It's hard for Israelis to believe that another Israeli would do a thing like that. It was hard for me, too. A year ago, I was told that a child had been killed by the IDF on his way to the grocery store in the Balata refugee camp. I remember saying to myself, `That's murder, but surely he must have thrown a rock on the way to the store.' I had to justify it to myself. A few months ago, this defensive barrier I had finally broke down." (quoted in Until the bulldozers stop)Events involving Neta Golan: