Yousef Bashir The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in PalestineDate: October 29, 2020 - Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yousef Bashir The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine
Thursday, October 29, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Discussion and live Zoom Q&A with the author
The Palestinian American activist recalls his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada when he was shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier, leaving him in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down for a year. While an Israeli soldier shot him, it was Israeli doctors who saved Yousef and helped him learn to walk again. This experience forced Yousef to reconcile with the words of his father whose belief in coexisting peacefully with his Israeli neighbors was unshakeable, and whose commitment to peace absolute. Yousef became an outgoing activist for peace. His story and the ideals of peace and empathy it upholds are a reminder in these dangerous and troubled times that love and compassion are a gift—and a choice.
Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian American from the Gaza Strip who earned a BA in International affairs from Northeastern University and a MA in co-existence and conflict from Brandeis University. He served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States and is a vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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