Avigail Abarbanel on bearing witness to Israeli atrocites: “When one day, Israelis stand trial for the occupation and the war crimes against the Palestinian people, I would like to be counted as someone who spoke up. I was brought up on stories of the Holocaust. I was told that perhaps even more despicable than the Nazis themselves were all those who knew what was happening and allowed it to happen. Jews have always felt abandoned by a world full of bystanders. Being a bystander doesn’t mean doing nothing. It means collaborating. And I don’t want to be a collaborator.”(Avigail Abarbanel, “Welcome - Introduction”, website: http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/)
Avigail Abarbanel is a former Israeli soldier and citizen of Israel, who renounced her Israeli citizenship in 2001 in protest against Israel's occupation and human rights abuses of the Palestinian people. She is active in the struggle for Palestinian rights and is currently the director of Deir Yassin Remembered in Canberra (see: http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/ ).