Nada Elia says it is offensive to compare our circumstances with the coronavirus in the United States to those of the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.
How can I not think of the residents of Gaza who are prisoners of an inhuman blockade that has lasted for more than 13 years when I find myself confined to my home, forbidden to leave my house except for 5 reasons set by the government and provided that I have a certificate? But in Europe at least, we don’t have snipers to enforce this ban.
A New York Times article on coronavirus in Israel and Palestine notes that a “small and crowded” land is particularly vulnerable to an epidemic. But the article’s emphasis is Israelis. The most vulnerable population, Gaza’s 1.8 million, go unmentioned, in a form of journalistic apartheid.
My parents, grandparents, and every Palestinian’s answer to the Trump deal is nothing less than intensifying the resistance for our legitmate rights and right to return, and exposing the international community’s complicity in Israeli Apartheid. In those moments, I feel the memories of my grandparents. Their spirits are looking at me and telling me, ‘resist Majed, resist, there is only one way.’
A stomach-churning report in Haaretz. Israeli snipers who targeted unarmed Palestinian Gazan protesters boast of fulfilling their duty by racking up knee-destructions and hitting “ducks.” This is not shooting and crying, but maiming and bragging.
At least 10 Palestinians were killed and 58 injured, including 14 in critical condition, on March 6, when a fire broke out in a bakery at a crowded market in Nuseirat refugee camp in the middle area of the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Information Center.
What if the Coronavirus reaches the besieged Gaza Strip? While the question carries great urgency for all Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation, the Gaza situation is particularly complex and extremely worrying.
Since former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg bought his way into the Democratic race, it’s been a little difficult to keep up with all the stories from his past that are filtering out. One issue that hasn’t got much coverage is his reaction to Israel shelling schools in 2014.
Since the Great March of Return began in Gaza two years ago, an estimated 19 Palestinians have lost an eye as a result of Israeli fire, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a new report this week.