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As Gaza Plunges Into Darkness, Israeli and Palestinian Fighters-Turned Peace Activists Speak Out
via Democracy Now
Tuesday, January 22, 2008 :The United Nations is accusing Israel of collectively punishing the Palestinian population in Gaza by cutting off fuel supplies as part of a blockade of the Gaza Strip. In the midst of the deepening crisis, we speak with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists Yonatan Shapira and Bassam Aramin. They are from a group called Combatants for Peace that is made up of former fighters from both Israel and the Occupied Territories. Shapira is a former captain in the Israeli Air Force and Black Hawk Pilot Squadron. Aramin was an armed member of Fatah and spent seven years in an Israeli prison. His 10 year-old daughter Abir was shot dead by an Israeli soldier last year.

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