German by birth, he was imprisoned in Nazi camps during World War II. At the camps he was waterboarded during torture sessions. His book ‘Time for Outrage’ became an inspiration for Occupy Wall Street movement.
Obituary: Occupied Palestine, 27 February 2013
“A thoughtful and principled supporter of the global, Palestinian civil society-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Stephane Hessel exuded hope and inspiration.
“As a co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he deeply appreciated the necessity of advocating for equal rights for all humans, regardless of identity. This and the fact that he is a Holocaust survivor were crucial factors behind his endorsement of BDS despite the high price he had to pay. He wrote:
““[BDS] campaigns around the world present the most promising way to overcome the failure of world governments to stand up to Israel’s intransigence and lawless behavior.”
“Israel and its well-funded lobby groups . . . applied pressure on universities to censor him and did everything possible to silence his unique moral voice. His thought and principles, after all, negated their brutal occupation, colonialism and apartheid.
“Palestinians will dearly miss Stephane”.