|Sari Bashi (JustVision.org)|
I am so impressed by Sari Bashi, whom I heard most recently on the WNYC public radio Brian Lehrer Show. She is an Israeli-American graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School who is the director and founder of Gisha, an Israeli NGO that advocates for freedom of movement for the people of Gaza.
It is clear from listening to her that she knows what she’s talking about and is also fully aware of Israel’s security needs regarding Gaza; one has to wonder with her at the arbitrariness of the rules enforced by Israel to restrict the movement of ordinary Gazans to the West Bank and elsewhere. (This links to an online discussion, including some difference of opinion with Noam Chomsky.)
In October’s Israel Symposium, we met Gisha’s director of international relations, Tania Hary, also a remarkably articulate and aware Israeli-American. Gisha is a non-violent force for a future of peace and normal relations with the Palestinians. On a memorable evening at a Tel Aviv restaurant, we met Ms. Hary and three other impressive representatives of Israeli NGOs, B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).