The Israeli Activist Trying to Help the Zapatista Struggle

Shahaf Weisbein, an Israeli human rights activist, went to Mexico to help the Zapatista movement in its fight for rights and services for indigenous peoples and was caught up in a confrontation with invading forces

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Shahaf Weisbein.
Shahaf Weisbein.
Ayelett Shani
Ayelett Shani

Tell me about yourself.

What I do in life, in general, is being a human rights and animal rights activist. I grew up with the animal liberation movement, I was active in the Free Jerusalem rights group and I coordinated a project on behalf of the Coalition of Women for Peace. But after years of activism, I felt really worn out, both from the reality in Israeli and also personally: I felt like I was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The lockdowns during the coronavirus crisis were an opportunity to think about what I wanted to do. I was finishing my master’s degree in criminology. I decided to change course and go to Mexico for a few months to write my thesis, but after a month and a half I realized that I was here to stay.

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