Data on coronavirus in Palestine reveals a context of structural racism and apartheid, a reliance on military solutions, and a disregard for the health and lives of Palestinian people who matter less than their Jewish cohorts in the eyes of the Israeli government, Alice Rothchild writes.
Dr. Tarek Loubani is using 3D printing to produce PPE for frontline workers in both Gaza and North America.
During the first three weeks of April, B’Tselem documented 23 settler attacks against Palestinians. In all of March, 23 incidents were documented, 11 of them after the severe restrictions on movement and social gatherings were imposed. In comparison, 11 attacks were recorded in January and 12 in February.
Gaza has long dealt with lockdown. Karama Fadel is an English teacher, who has never left the Gaza Strip in her life, and the coronavirus pandemic has scotched her scholarship in the U.S. Meantime, Mohammed Abu Matar uses a 3D printer to produce masks, and valves for a ventilator.
The IMEMC reports that Israeli colonial settlers unleashed their cattle, on Wednesday, onto Palestinian-owned farmlands in the northern Alghour area of the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank.
Gaza is entirely dependent on Israel and an international community preoccupied with its own troubles. But if the coronavirus does overwhelm Gaza, the truth about who is really responsible will be hard to conceal.
Asmaa Tayeh, who at 24 has never been outside Gaza, says the siege over Gaza provides no strategic defense against the coronavirus: “I really hated this notion, because the whole world was thinking we were safe, while we’re actually not. Just because you’re in an enclosed place doesn’t mean you’re safe. Because if we have any cases inside the Strip, our enclosure will help the virus spread even more.”
Human rights groups sent an urgent letter to Israeli authorities yesterday demanding an immediate halt to Israel’s aerial herbicide spraying in the eastern Gaza Strip as Palestinians in Gaza desperately fight to keep coronavirus at bay and prevent its outbreak into the wider population.
In Gaza, Rana Shubair looks back with nostalgia on the Great March of Return: Approaching the fence the first day, that spine tingling moment brought back memories of my one and only visit to Jerusalem in the year 2000. Seeing hundreds of people all standing there gave me a physical feeling of being locked up in a big cage.