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TOMORROW: These Chains Will Be Broken: Ramzy Baroud

This urgent conversation with Ramzy Baroud will focus on the emergency situation of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras described by B'Tselem on Monday as 'on the verge of death' plus Ramzy's latest book, These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggles and Defiance in Israeli Prisons (Clarity Press, 2020).

Ramzy Baroud is a US-Palestinian journalist, media consultant, author, internationally-syndicated columnist, Editor of Palestine Chronicle (1999-present), former Managing Editor of London-based Middle East Eye, former Editor-in-Chief of The Brunei Times, former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online.

In all his books, Ramzy looks to return the centrality of the Palestinian voice back to the heart of their struggle for liberation, giving Palestinians centre stage to articulate their own discourse and reclaim the narrative from an Israeli perspective, back to a Palestinian one.

Reserve your space on the live Zoom webinar with a free ticket from Eventbrite. 6pm UK time // 1pm EDT // 8pm Palestine. 

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Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners (Palestine Chronicle)

Ramzy Baroud writes: "According to some estimates, over 800,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned in Israeli jails since the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza in June 1967."

"Maher al-Akhras is currently writing the latest chapter in this tragic narrative. At the time of writing this article, he has just concluded 77 days of uninterrupted hunger strike. No medical opinion is necessary to tell us that al-Akhras could die any moment. A recent video released of al-Akhras on his Israeli hospital bed conveyed a glimpse of the man’s unbearable suffering."

"With a barely audible voice, the gaunt, exhausted-looking man said that he is left with only two options: either his immediate freedom or death within the confines of Israel’s “phony justice system.” On October 7, his wife, Taghrid, launched her own hunger strike to protest the fact that “no one cares about” her husband."

Israel stops granting visas to UN human rights workers (Middle East Eye)

"Israel has stopped granting any visas to employees at the United Nations’ human rights agency, effectively forcing the body’s top staff to leave, Middle East Eye can reveal."

"In February, Israel announced it was suspending ties with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) after a report highlighted more than 100 companies that work in Israeli settlements in the West Bank."

"Since June all requests for new visas have gone unanswered, with passports sent off for renewals coming back empty. Nine of the organisation’s 12 foreign staff have now left Israel and the Palestinian territories for fear of being illegal there, the OHCHR confirmed. Among those is country director James Heenan."
Covid-19: Hanan Ashrawi second senior Palestinian official to test positive (The National)

"Hanan Ashrawi, Member, Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has tested positive for Covid-19. Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi on Sunday tested positive for coronavirus, making her the second high-ranking official to become infected in recent days."

"Ms Ashrawi, 74, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s executive committee, has cancelled all public engagement while she recovers. There were no details of her condition, but the PLO department of diplomacy and policy shared the news, wished her a swift recovery and urged Palestinians to follow health precautions to halt the spread of the virus."

"There are more than 54,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinian authorities have ordered lockdowns and closed offices."
A Tale of Two Protests: Dispossessed Palestinians vs. Privileged Jewish Israelis (Haaretz)

Gideon Levy writes: "Protest vs. protest. The protest of the dispossessed, rightless Palestinian farmers who are trying to fight for the last remains of their property and their dignity, and the protest of privileged Jewish Israelis, who want to have a different prime minister and who lament the end of their democracy."

"One protest stirs up emotions, while Israel ignores the other. But they are intertwined. It’s impossible to demand democracy without demanding democracy for everyone. There is no such thing as democracy that is not for everyone. Israeli fascism is in Burqa, not yet on the Tel Aviv beach."

GO DEEPER

Discord Around the Abraham Accords – Three questions to Dr. Alaa Tartir (Institut Montaigne)

Palestinian academic and researcher, Dr. Alaa Tartir, answers questions on the Abraham Accords:

Under the auspices of the US, Israel, Bahrain and the UAE signed the Abraham accords on September 15, agreeing to normalize relations. What does this normalization mean in the context of countries who are not at war with each other?

"The so-called Abraham Accords are neither peace agreements nor historic breakthroughs, as is hailed by many observers. They are rather a prime example of the distortion of the very meaning of peace. At best, on one hand, they are a set of economic and diplomatic arrangements between a number of regional actors in response to a mutual interest. On the other hand, they are an expression of the formation of an alliance to face what is perceived as a common threat."

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