Last updated on: 11/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Yonatan Shapira, MA Biography

Title:
Former Israeli Air Force Pilot and Cofounder of Combatants for Peace
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“And for the question of one state or two states — there is already one state. The only question is whether it will remain an apartheid state or if it will to be an equal place for everyone.”

Ryan Rodrick Beiler, “I Was ‘Part of a Terror Organization,’ Says Israeli Pilot Turned Activist,” Electronic Intifada, Feb. 10, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Civilian pilot, 2003-present
  • Cofounder, Combatants for Peace, 2005
  • Member of the Israel Air Force Reserves, 2002-2003
  • Air Force Pilot, Black Hawk Helicopter Squadron, Israel Air Force, 2001
  • Member of the Israel Air Force Reserves, 1999-2001
  • Pilot, Israel Air Force, 1993-1999
Education:
  • MA, Peace and Conflict Studies, European Center for Peace Studies (Austria), date unknown
Other:
  • Born on an Israeli military base outside of Beersheba, Israel in 1972
  • Lives in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Author of “The Pilots Letter,” a Sep. 2003 letter signed by 27 Israeli pilots refusing to fly missions over the Occupied Territories
  • Is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement
  • Participated in three humanitarian aid missions to Gaza challenging the Israeli blockage of the Gaza Strip: the ‘Jewish Boat to Gaza’ in 2010, the ‘US Boat to Gaza’ in 2011, and the ‘Swedish Ship to Gaza’ in 2012
  • Has spoken at numerous events in Canada, Israel, UK, and US
Quoted in:
  1. Does Israel Commit Acts of Terrorism?