Permits for Gaza’s sickest patients to receive treatment in Israel and the West Bank ended abruptly on May 19 when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced an end to coordination with Israel. Since then two infants have died in the Gaza Strip awaiting permits for medical treatment in Israel, a tragedy that Palestinians anxiously fear could expand in the coming weeks.
Madeline Jabara, 20, is the latest Palestinian woman to be killed in a suspected case of femicide, allegedly beaten to death by her father after calling her mother to wish her a happy Eid holiday. “There is no free country without free women,” writes Asil Shatilla.
Intense heat, insect infestations, and boredom are some of the descriptions of government-run coronavirus isolation centers in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinians who were recently released from and are still under quarantine.
From Gaza to Minneapolis, from all of Palestine to virtually every city in America, it is one huge interconnected, powerful struggle for justice and liberation that is being birthed.
Those protesting China crackdown on Hong Kong and Minneapolis police over killing seek sanctions and boycott and opposition to normalization– and National Public Radio gives a seal of approval — but such measures are off limits for Israel.
Tamam Abusalama remembers leaving the Gaza Strip for the first time ten years ago. The driver made a point to take her and her mother through Beit Jirja, their original village, on the way to Jerusalem. Nothing was left of the village. Just agricultural fields.
This May 31 marks 10 years since Israeli commandos attacked the Gaza Humanitarian Flotilla in international waters and killed 10 people. Norman Finkelstein, one of the world’s most effective critics of Israel, is observing the occasion with a persuasive indictment of Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, for refusing to take legal action over Israel’s lethal attack on the Mavi Marmara, the Flotilla’s flagship.
Hamza Abu Al-Tarabeesh’s fear of the coronavirus is based on his late grandfather’s death during a Tuberculosis epidemic in Gaza’s refugee camps during the mid-1960s. “I have no idea what the future holds for the refugee camps in Gaza,” Abu Al-Tarabeesh writes, “but I do know when it comes to infectious diseases and viruses, the past has been alarming.”