An author and memoirist telling his story of growing up in Gaza to western audiences


The voice and needs of Gazans are too often represented by those who do not actually live in Gaza, which lessens the credibility of those advocating for all Palestinians people, especially those residing in Gaza. Yousef is using his platform as an author and memoirist to tell his story of growing up in Gaza to western audiences as a way to bring about meaningful debate and action.

“I will always dedicate every moment I have on earth to demonstrate to the world and myself that peace, forgiveness, and coexistence are completely possible.”


Yousef is a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, the son of Khalil Bashir, a highly respected educator who passed away a few years ago. Still suffering the effects of a near-fatal injury at the hands of an anonymous IDF soldier, Yousef made his way to the United States where he earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Co-existence and Conflict from Brandeis University.


Seeds of Peace GATHER


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Yousef is taking part in the 2019 GATHER Fellowship, SE Forum's partnership with Seeds of Peace.