90.3 WBHM Birmingham-- Skirmishes have broken out within the tenuous cease fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. It's a situation closely watched by Jerry Levin. The former Birmingham and CNN journalist was kidnapped by Hezbollah more than 20 years ago, but since then has become involved in non-violent peace activism in the West Bank. Earlier this month we heard from a Birmingham native living in southern Israel. Now we hear from Levin, a backer of the Palestinian cause and what he calls "assertive non-violence." He says Americans are seeing the pain, anger and confusion felt by Palestinians. But he told WBHM's Andrew Yeager the notion that only attacks from Gaza prompted Israel's military action is not true.

Earlier this month WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Margaret Duvdevani, a Birmingham native living in southern Israel three miles from Gaza. Listen to that conversation here.

~ Andrew Yeager, January 29, 2009