In the wake of the Israeli assassination in Gaza and the counter-attack by Islamic Jihad, a “convoy” of Netanyahu’s political allies in the Likud party have issued statements that Benny Gantz is not trustworthy because he will depend on the Joint List of Palestinian parties in order to become prime minister, says Moty Cristal, a former Israeli negotiator.
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Majed Abusalama is experiencing the trauma of Israel’s latest attack on Gaza, even if he doesn’t live there any longer. “All Palestinians endure ongoing trauma, stress, and fear even if we are exiled outside of colonized Palestine,” Majed Abusalama writes, “We all carry this package of pain and trauma.”
In Israel, the military is by far the most trusted institution. And though it terrorizes Palestinians daily, the fealty it gets from Jewish Israeli society serves as a shield against taking it to account.
After the Israeli army publicized soldiers cutting off their hair to help cancer patients, Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch was among many who pointed out that the Israeli government prevents many cancer patients in Gaza from getting medical treatment.
The New York Times did the bare minimum in reporting on an Israeli soldier who was sentenced to one month in prison for murdering a young Gazan demonstrator last year.
In Gaza on Friday, 95 Palestinian civilians, including 43 children, a woman, 2 paramedics and a journalist, were shot and injured by Israeli forces, who fired live rounds against peaceful Palestinian protesters at the 80th Great March of Return.
Thirteen years after the discovery of gas fields off the coast of Gaza, efforts to develop them remain deadlocked despite the international backing the project enjoys. Meanwhile, the besieged Gaza Strip suffers prolonged power cuts and the Palestinian economy bears a huge financial cost – as do the Western taxpayers keeping it afloat. Al-Shabaka Program Director Victor Kattan discusses the actors and amounts involved as well as the reasons why the project has stalled and recommends some policy options to break the deadlock.
Speaking at Princeton, Norman Finkelstein said a former Israeli soldier should be ashamed of having been a “concentration camp guard” for having served on the Gaza border. The Princetonian termed his remarks anti-Semitic. Finkelstein says reporters don’t want to address the central fact: Gaza’s martyrdom.
Nada Shaikh Deeb, a 23-year-old volunteer paramedic in Gaza, has attended every protest at the fence since March 2018. Even after an Israeli officer taunted her following the killing of paramedic Razan al-Najjar. “You’ve still got time to catch up with Razan,” he said. “Expect anything.”
Seventy-one Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, were injured due to Israeli soldiers’ excessive use of force against peaceful protesters at the 78th Great March of Return, yesterday, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reported. Hundreds of civilians protested near the fence across the Gaza Strip. Some protesters attempted to throw stones, Molotov Cocktails and firecrackers at the Israeli forces.
Donald Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs to slow them down while they attempt to cross the U.S. Southern border. Perhaps he was inspired by Israeli practices in Gaza.
Gazans do not approve of Joint List leader Ayman Odeh’s endorsement of Benny Gantz in the Israeli election because Gantz led attacks on Gaza. No one here, says Ayman Moin, “can easily forget a beloved who has been killed, or jailed for years, nor a house demolished by the same perpetrator.”
At the Gaza border in Rafah yesterday hundreds of protesters gathered for speeches and folk songs. Dozens approached the fence and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails, and Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, killing Saher ‘Awadallah Jaber ‘Othman (20).
Palestinians in Gaza receiving rents stipends after their homes were destroyed in the 2014 war have accused the UN of exploitation after being required to work in return for the aid.
Haidar Eid says there is nothing for Palestinians to celebrate about the Israeli elections. “Only secular democracy under the rule of law and in which ALL citizens are treated equally regardless of ethnic and religious origin is what should be celebrated,” Eid writes. “Anything short of that is a recycling of 19th century ethnic nationalism disguised in slogans that mean absolutely nothing to us Palestinians.”
Most children in Gaza are coping with depression, grief, and fear as a result of living through three wars over the last ten years. Reporter Sarah Algherbawi spoke with children about what they remember from the last war, their physical symptoms from trauma and their hopes for the future.
What happens when a people are confined to a bubble which suddenly bursts and the sun shines on a whole new truth? This is what happened to the kibbutzim in Nirim, Nir Oz, Magen, and Ein Hashloshla when Eitan Bronstein Aparicio recently presented an exhibit of what Palestinian life looked like in the area before the Nakba.
Friends warned Sabreen al-Jabary opening a dress shop in the Gaza Strip was risky as the shopfront, her home, is located in a far from upscale or middle class areas. Her house is next to a cemetery. Customers would be hard to arrange. But she has no choice.
Thousands of Palestinians have been shot while protesting in Gaza’s great March of Return. Médecins Sans Frontières reports that an estimated 1,000 Gazan victims are suffering from “severe infections” from their wounds, with many cases of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza have arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings on Tuesday evening that killed three security officers, a Hamas spokesperson say.
“Militant Palestinians have lobbed rockets and gunfire at Israel, especially targeting the soldiers at the border,” PBS host John Yang said last week. This is a lie. The report he introduced, by Jane Ferguson, highlighted gunfire from Israel on Palestinian protesters, and quoted human rights officials calling that a war crime.
The threat of violence is rising between Gaza and Israel, as the Netanyahu government refuses to relax the siege. You won’t learn this from reading the the U.S. mainstream press however.
News media coverage routinely frames Palestine-Israel as a story of two sides deserving more or less equal portions of blame. In an excerpt from his book, ‘The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media’, Greg Shupak examines the use of the “both sides” frame in New York Times editorials on Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge which distort events in Israel’s favor by grossly inflating Palestinian wrongs while understating Israel’s.
Filmmaker Jen Marlowe has directed a five part mini-series looking at the 2014 Gaza war from the vantage point of five years later.
Haidar Eid writes Palestinians can never endorse anti-Semitism and looks at models within popular movements and supporters of BDS who have championed the rights of all and worked in partnership with Jewish supporters of Palestinian human rights.