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.
With every passing day, the prospect of annexation and what that means for Palestinians living under occupation becomes more and more unclear. What exactly happened, and what’s going to happen in the near future? We answer some of your questions here.
As annexation day approaches, Palestinians on the ground are gearing up for a new reality, one they say they’ve been forced to get ready for for years. Zayd Sawafta, a farmer and mayor of the small village of Bardala, tells Mondoweiss that even when annexation does go through, Palestinians aren’t leaving. “We have learned from experience,” Sawafta says. “They will do everything they can to kick us off this land and take it for themselves, but this time, we are not leaving.”
Peter Miller explains the parallels and linkages between US law enforcement practices and what Israeli forces use to maintain the occupation in Palestine.
From April 1st to May 14, 1948 — before Israel was declared, before the British left, and before any Arab soldier entered Palestine to save it — Zionist militias essentially conquered Palestine. Salman Abu Sitta says this critical period leading to Al Nakba has rarely been looked upon in this light, and shows how massacres that took place during this period were pivotal in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
“We must remember that George Floyd didn’t die due to a lack of oxygen. He died because of a lack of justice,” Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen tells Mondoweiss.
Michael Arria speaks with Adalah Justice Project Executive Director Sandra Tamari and Black for Palestine co-founder Khury Petersen-Smith about how the Palestine Solidarity Movement can stand in solidarity with the movement for Black lives.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government are facing pushback over plans to annex large swaths of the occupied West Bank as early as next month, with Israeli and Palestinian protestors taking to the streets to voice their opposition to the plans over the weekend.
This is not a moment to highlight the similarities between law enforcement violence in the US and Palestine says Nada Elia, but to work in solidarity to topple the violent system of racial supremacy in the United States.
It’s been two days since Ranad al-Halaq’s only son, 32-year-old Eyad al-Halaq, was gunned down by Israeli police in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he was enrolled at a center for Palestinian adults and children with disabilities. “He was the light of my heart, the light of my eyes, my soul, my angel.”