CANADA: In a video statement, Jewish-Israeli artist and filmmaker Yula Benivolski announced her decision to renounce her Israeli citizenship, citing decades of reflection and a newfound awareness of Israel’s history.
The catalyst for this life-altering decision, she expressed, was the recent aggressive actions by Israel in Gaza, which she believes have unveiled the true history of the country.
Woman renounces Israeli citizenship
In the video, she began by displaying her Israeli passport, ID, and army exemption card, and then went on to explain why she decided to give up her Israeli citizenship.
Yula Benivolski, an Israeli citizen, is also an artist and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada.
Having left Israel 23 years ago, she has been residing in Canada ever since and did not serve in the Israeli army.
“This wasn’t a decision I made lightly,” Benivolski emphasized, revealing that her journey toward renouncing citizenship was a prolonged process spanning two decades.
“From the moment I learned about the real history of the place where I grew up – a history that wasn’t taught to us in schools or even talked about while I was living there – until last week at the consulate. It’s been a really long process.”
The recent assault on Gaza served as the tipping point for Benivolski, who explained, “Yes, I did it in response to Israel’s horrific assault on Gaza.”
Providing clarification to those questioning the timing of her decision of – “why now?” instead of earlier – to renounce her citizenship, she clarified, “…Because the amount of casualties has reached catastrophic proportions. And even though we are in a temporary cease-fire, it seems like it’s not going to end anytime soon,” she said.
Expressing concern about the potential continuation of hostilities, Benivolski highlighted, “…even the Israeli officials are saying that after the pause, they intend to keep bombing for two months, at least.”
Israel resumes military operations as truce with Hamas expires
Israel’s military has resumed combat operations in the Gaza Strip, attributing the decision to the conclusion of a temporary ceasefire and accusing Hamas of violating the truce.
The ceasefire, which commenced on 24 November and was initially set for four days, saw two extensions through mediation by Qatar and Egypt.
Unfortunately, it ultimately expired at 7 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Friday.
During the week-long truce, a significant development unfolded with a prisoner exchange.
Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza released over 100 hostages, predominantly Israeli women and children, in exchange for 240 Palestinians liberated from Israeli prisons.
The situation also grew more intricate with the limited number of hostages remaining in Gaza, leading to anticipated higher demands from Hamas, particularly for the remaining captives, including Israeli soldiers.
Presently, approximately 140 hostages are believed to still be in Gaza.
Despite efforts by Qatar and Egypt to extend the ceasefire by an additional two days, no agreement was reached.
Rocket attack sirens were reported in southern Israel fifteen minutes before the truce expired, marking the first alerts since the ceasefire’s initiation.
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