Yousef Bashir, right, a Palestinian who now works on Capitol Hill as an intern for Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), is shown with legislative assistant Molly Cole in Connolly’s office on Feb. 28 in Washington. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)
Yousef Bashir remembers the blue sky that day. As he lay in the back seat of the car, an Israeli soldier’s bullet lodged in his back, he stared up and out of the window at the sky, wondering whether it would be his last time seeing it.
By that time in 2004, Bashir’s family’s home in the Gaza Strip had been occupied for four years by Israeli soldiers, who had converted it into a military post. The Palestinian Muslim family could have moved, like so many of their neighbors did, but Bashir’s father refused. If he left, they would probably never get their house back. So they stayed, confined to a small …