Gideon Levy is the most hated man in Israel – and perhaps the most heroic. This patriotic Israeli has been shot at repeatedly by the Israeli Defence Force, been threatened with being “beaten to a pulp” on the country’s streets, and faced demands from government ministers that he be tightly monitored as “a security risk.” This is because he has done something very simple, and something that almost no other Israeli has done.
Nearly every week for three decades, he has travelled to the Occupied Territories and described what he sees, plainly and without propaganda. “My modest mission,” he says, “is to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say, ‘We didn’t know.’” And for that, many people want him silenced.
In the latest edition of his podcast, Johann Hari interviews Levy about his life, his work, and the real way to achieve peace in the Middle East.