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.
Haidar Eid writes, “In Gaza, staying at home leads to some existential questions and deep soul searching. With time to reflect, I am tempted to cross that invisible thin line separating fiction from reality. The real world of occupation, blockade, apartheid, settler-colonialism, and coronavirus on the one hand, and on the other, the imaginary world of my favorite authors.”
Majd Mashharawi, a 25-year-old civil engineer and the founder of SunBox: “Palestine shapes you just as much as you shape it, or in our case, reshape it. Limited access to electricity is not our major problem. It is what it represents.”
Israeli leaders may seize the coronavirus moment to create further ‘facts on the ground’ in Palestine through annexation and expansion, as envisioned through the joint US-Israeli ‘peace plan,’ Yaser Alashqar writes. They imagine they can defeat the Palestinians, but a campaign for equal rights cannot be defeated.
COVID-19 internet memes are helping make the previously unrelatable phenomenon of the Kashmir or Gaza lockdowns understandable to a new generation experiencing the isolation of social distancing for the first time. Aarushi Patel says they may carry a political meaning too.