Yousef Bashir is an activist, speaker, and author of the forthcoming memoir The Words of My Father, available for pre-order. Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was paralyzed from the waist down at age 15 after having been shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier. During an agonizing recovery at a hospital in Tel-Aviv, Yousef was inspired and motivated by his father’s message of peace and co-existence. Yousef subsequently earned a B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University and a M.A. in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University. He has spoken to countless gatherings across the United States on the urgency of peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. Now based in Washington, D.C., Yousef was selected for a Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellowship to work with the Partnership for a Secure America, a think-tank that advocates bipartisanship among Congressional staffers. Yousef then served as a foreign affairs intern in the office of Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) before working full time as a foreign affairs fellow in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Currently,Yousef works on Congressional Affairs for the Chief Representative of the PLO to the United States.
Mr. Bashir sits down with Yossi Klein Halevi, Israeli-born author and journalist to discuss the topic of Liberty: "What is the most pragmatic and ethical way to achieve a lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israel?"