The Words of My Father with Yousef Bashir
Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 pm
Meet Yousef Bashir, a young Palestinian from Gaza whose desire for peace between Palestinians and Israelis transcends unimaginable difficulties and painful experiences. Hear his remarkable story. When Israeli forces entered the Gaza Strip during the second Intifada, a unit commandeered the Bashir home. During a visit to the home by UN officers, Yousef was shot by an Israeli soldier. Requiring additional medical care, he was transferred to a hospital in Tel Aviv. The experience there transformed him and set him on a journey of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Yousef has since earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University, an M.A. in Co-existence and Conflict from Brandeis University and will soon embark on Ph.D. studies at Johns Hopkins University. After his university studies, Yousef was selected for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and worked for the Partnership for a Secure America, a think tank that promotes bipartisanship among Congressional staffers. Yousef also worked in the House of Representatives and the United States Senate before he joined the General Delegation of the PLO to the US as the Congressional Affairs Advisor. Currently, Yousef is a Seeds of Peace GATHER fellow and serves as Director at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace.
His book, The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine, has earned countless accolades and is important for people to read, regardless of their political affiliations and feelings about the contours of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Join us and hear his message of hope.