Mondoweiss has just done a wonderful piece on Levy's event at Columbia. The writer, who was "fortunate enough to see Gideon Levy speak on Tuesday at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University" observes,
Levy's story was a hopeful one. He was a typical Israeli, a product of a Zionist society, and he managed to push through and beyond it. While Levy is undoubtedly an extraordinary man, his journey is replicable and accessible to anyone willing to make it. This is someone who once worked as an aide to Shimon Peres, and one day ventured into the West Bank without a gun. That's what did it. That's what made the difference.
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