Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”



A STORY FROM CRAIG

27 Sep

It took Craig two years to realize that the Nasrallah family remained in their house on account of his daughter despite bullets, rockets, bulldozing attempts, daily threats to physical and mental health, and the fact that it had long ceased to be a home. Rachel had been killed while trying to defend the house in 2003 from a weaponized Caterpillar bulldozer manned by an Israeli Defense Forces captain and driver. The vehicle moved slowly, only a couple of kilometers an hour and it descended upon the target despite the young American woman’s intention to halt it with her humanity. At the time, 16 March 2003, a foreigner’s life was expected to hold currency in Israel, although it has long been understood that Israel considers Palestinians less than human.

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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Sep 27th, 2012