Zohra Drif

Zohra Drif, author of Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter, is an icon of the Algerian independence movement. A member of the National Liberation Front fighting for national liberation from France, after independence she has practiced law and served as a senator.

About Zohra Drif

Zohra Drif is a hero of Algeria’s war of national liberation. Born in 1934 in Tiaret, in western Algeria, she studied law at the University of Algiers before joining the National Liberation Front. As a core member of the movement’s armed wing in Algiers, she conducted or supported several high-profile operations that advanced the revolutionaries’ struggle to draw international attention to France’s abuses against the local population and the Algerians’ need for freedom. Ultimately captured by the French and condemned to twenty years of forced labor for “terrorism”, she spent five years in prison in Algeria and France, during which she continued her legal studies and her activism. In 1962, upon her country’s independence, she was pardoned and freed from prison, and was soon elected to Algeria’s first National Constituent Assembly. She co-founded an organization to support youth orphaned in the liberation struggle, and went on to practice as a criminal lawyer in Algiers for several decades. A senator in Algeria’s Council of the Nation from 2001 to 2016, she served as a senate vice president from 2003 onward. In 1962 she married Rabah Bitat, one of the founding architects of Algeria’s liberation movement, with whom she had three children. Today she lives in Algiers and has five grandchildren.

Books

March, 2015 Foreign Affairs Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope” a review by John Waterbury of “Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope” by Richard Falk

July 28, 2014 Jadaliyya “Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive,” initiated and signed by Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope

July 22, 2014 Guernica “The Time Has Come,” by Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope

July 21, 2014 Truth-Out “Blood on American Hands: Richard Falk on Palestine” featuring Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope

July 21, 2014 Al Jazeera America “The propaganda war over the Gaza Crisis” by Richard Falk, author of Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope