Daily it seem things are getting worse in Palestine. Sensing the sea-change in World opinion perhaps, desperate Israeli extremists are committing unspeakable crimes against innocents, to what end we can only speculate.
From a distance, it’s easy to polemicize, but what we rarely see in the news here is resistance to policies in the Occupied Territories from within Israeli society, and the price those who refuse to go along with it pay.
Yonatan Shapira is a peace activist who’s refusal to fly missions over Gaza led to the Pilot’s Letter of 2003.
Shapira has since participated in non-violent demonstrations within Israel, supported the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, “Boycott from Within,” and was a member of the 2012 Freedom Flotilla, sailing on the MV Estelle to Gaza with former Canadian MP, Jim Manley.
Yonatan is currently on speaking tour in support of Israeli Refusenik’s scheduled to stop here at UVic Thursday, November 5th.
Yonatan Shapira in the first half.
And; dramatic images of a great migration of humanity, the scale of which has not been witnessed since the late days of the last century’s Second World War, has transfixed people around the globe. Though a full accounting of the truth of what lay behind the Syria conflict remains unrevealed, the scope of suffering inflicted upon those seeking refuge is beyond debate. Earlier this month, demonstration across Canada were held in solidarity with those teeming millions dispossessed by war, and I went down to join the demo in Victoria.
Refugees Welcome in Victoria in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher emeritus and CFUV Radio broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news of good thing going on on our town’s streets and beyond in the coming week. But first, Yonatan Shapira and refuser solidarity in Israel.