If you’re not on social media (Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram) then you may not have seen the plethora of videos, articles and commentaries circulating this week as Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip intensifies. Here’s a summary of some of the best that I’ve seen.
Refaat Alareer is a professor at the Islamic University of Gaza, a writer and editor (Gaza Writes Back), and a father, son and husband who has personally suffered loss and death as a result of Israel’s multiple military assaults. He was on the BBC (5/15/21) and expertly reframed the narrative after the previous segment felt like an IDF spokesperson was sharing a total anti-Palestinian bias and total complicity in the crimes by adopting the Israeli narrative and thus justifying the pogroms against Palestinians and the systematic genocide and ethic cleansing.
Here’s what Refaat said. 1. Israel is systematically targeting. Palestinians for the past 7 decades. 2. Britain started all this by giving Palestine to the Zionists. 3. Germany has to bear the responsibility NOT native Palestinians for what it did in the 30’s and 40’s. 4. This is not a war against Hamas but against each and every individual in Gaza. 5. Israel is deliberately and systematically destroying Palestine and Palestinians. 6. Israel never retaliates. Israel is a colonial settler regime built on ethnic cleansing. 7. There was no Hamas in the 40’s, to the 80’s. 8. There were no rockets until 15 years ago. 9. There are no rockets in the West Bank and still Israel butchers Palestinians. 10. Armed Palestinian struggle is legitimate and moral. 11. Israel uses its ‘citizens’ as human shields by positioning military offices and tanks in cities. 12. Netanyahu and Israeli politicians kill Palestinians for Israeli votes. Watch to see the infuriating part at the end.
Rami Khouri witnesses a shift in the way Israel’s occupation is understood and talked about on the global stage, and considers its implications for Palestinians and Israel. A Week and a Century Like No Other May 14, 2021.
This week’s Jewish Currents Shabbat reading list is all about the Nakba, with many links to resources and books that look very valuable. Nadia Saah (guest contributor): “To understand the destructive impact that a century of Zionism has had on the rights, humanity, and bodies of the Palestinian people, the indigenous population of historic Palestine, I recommend following these brilliant Palestinian experts on Twitter for moment-by-moment updates and analysis. They are scholars, activists, analysts, writers, poets, and, so often, all of these things at once: @m7mdkurd, @4noura, @MariamBarghouti, @YousefMunayyer, @InesAbdelrazek, @TareqBaconi, @dialash, @dianabuttu, @yarahawari, @Barahmeh, @sumayaawad, @A7madAbuznaid, @ziadaburish, @RafeefZiadah, @Omar_Gaza, @A7madAbuznaid, @ziadaburish, @huwaidaarraf, @JehadAbusalim, and @fadiQuran. On Instagram, I recommend the organizations @palestineyouthmovement, @theIMEU, @AdalahJusticeProject, and @USCPR.”
May 13, 2021 — listen to several members of Congress speak in support of Palestine beginning at 6:10:30 Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI). Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) @ 6:14 Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) @ 6:25 *** Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) @ 6:36 Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) @ 6:43 Rep. AOC (D-NY) @ 6:48 *** Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) @ 6:52 and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Joaquin Castro. https://www.c-span.org/video/?511625-1/house-passes-comprehensive-debt-collection-improvement-act-215-207&fbclid=IwAR3amV4y5WqzIjO1Tx4JhQMhnnmfXOUgQ3q5iFIcQvokLhYKMEf_I8Wp61Y
Palestinians Have A Right To Defend Themselves, by Greg Shupak on May 14.
Ahmed Abu Artema from Gaza has written a concise chronology of the events and provocations that led Hamas and the resistance to respond. He also describes how this time is different from earlier Israeli military escalations. Even though many Palestinians are paying the ultimate price with loss of life and homes, there’s a sense that Palestinians everywhere (Gaza, West Bank, and inside the green line) are united in resistance.
This Time Its Different by Ahmed Abu Artema in the Electronic Intifada, May 14, 2021.
The terror is not limited to the Gaza Strip. Yousef Munayyer writes in The Nation on May 13 — “As Israeli lynch mobs roam the streets attacking Palestinians, and as Israeli war planes drop bombs on Gaza, it’s essential to understand how we arrived at this moment.” A Nightmare of Terror Across the Landscape of Palestine
Munayyer writes: “I have been trying to think of a moment since 1948 when so broad a range of Palestinians have been exposed to as great a level of Israeli violence as they have been these last few days—and I don’t think I can.
In towns throughout Israel, Palestinians have been beaten and terrorized by rampaging mobs; one man was dragged from his car and brutalized in what many are describing as a lynching. In the West Bank, Palestinians have been shot and killed in raids by the Israeli military. In Jerusalem, Palestinian families, facing the ongoing threat of expulsion, have been harassed by settlers and military alike. And across Gaza, Israeli war planes have dropped bomb after bomb, destroying entire apartment buildings. Many have died, many more have been injured. If they manage to survive, they will witness their society shattered when the smoke clears.
The origins of this moment are as obvious as they are painful, but they bear explaining and re-explaining for a world that too often fails—in fact, refuses—to see the true terms of Palestinian suffering.”
More than 80 human rights organizations around the world call for an International Stand for Jerusalem and condemn the aggression against civilians in Gaza. The following is the text of the call launched by the organizations:
To whom it may concern,
In light of the recent Israeli escalation, the breaking into places of worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the continuing attacks by Israeli settlers and occupation forces against Palestinians in Jerusalem and the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, and the plans for forced displacement and expulsions of Palestinians as part of Israeli apartheid policies to Judaize the city of Jerusalem, we call upon the jurists, judges and lawyers, community activists and legal and human rights organizations and institutions around the world, to participate in a global protest, to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, in support of their just cause. We also call on the international community to act urgently to put an end to Israeli impunity, crimes and aggression against the Palestinians, to ensure respect for international law, accountability of offenders and redress for victims.
Time and Date: Next Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Jerusalem Time.
Location: Before bar associations, parliaments, United Nations headquarters and Israeli embassies all around the world.