29 2020

OC Jewish Arts Festival: Yousef Bashir: The Words of My Father

Discussion and live zoom Q&A with the author
$10 JCC members, $12 public
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.