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These Chains Will Be Broken: Ramzy Baroud

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.

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).

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. 

TOP STORIES TODAY

Love that transcends prison walls: Palestinian women tell stories of defiance (Middle East Eye)

Shatha Hammad in Nablus writes:

"Abdel Karim Makhdar and Jinan Samara sit side by side on a swing and gaze out at a picturesque view of the West Bank hills. They are together at last after spending 18 years apart."

"The relationship between Jinan and Abdel Karim began in 1999, when they were both students at al-Quds Open University in the Palestinian city of Salfit. They announced their engagement on 17 June 2002, in the midst of the Second Intifada. At that point, Abdel Karim had been wanted by the Israeli army for 20 months before he was finally detained."

“I informed Jinan from the outset that I was a target - I may be martyred, or I may become disabled by army fire, or I may be arrested for a long period of time,” Abdel Karim told MEE. “Her response was that she would remain by my side in all these cases - she committed to her promise until this day.” 

Israel refuses to release Palestinian 'on verge of death' after almost 80 day hunger strike (The Independent)

"Israel has refused to release a Palestinian detainee feared to be “on the verge of death” after being on hunger strike for nearly 80 days."

"Maher al-Akhras, 49, from Silah al-Dahr village in the West Bank, has been held in administrative detention since his arrest in July - a policy used by Israel to detain suspected fighters without charge. Israeli authorities accuse him of belonging to Islamic Jihad, a claim Mr Akhras denies."

Dr Ahmad Tibi, a member of Israel’s parliament (MK) who was at the hearing, said he was “very worried” about Mr Akhras’s condition, having visited him on several occasions. “We are totally against administrative detention. They haven’t presented any evidence against him,” he told The Independent. “This is anti-democratic and poses a real danger.”
Palestinian premier: ‘God help us’ if Trump wins re-election (Washington Post)

"The Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday it will be disastrous for his people and the world at large if President Donald Trump wins re-election next month. Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said the last four years of the Trump administration have greatly harmed the Palestinians."

"'If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world,” Shtayyeh said Tuesday, repeating comments he made a day earlier in a remote meeting with European lawmakers. The comments were earlier posted on his Facebook page."

"The Palestinians have traditionally refrained from taking an explicit public position in American presidential elections. Shtayyeh’s comments reflected the sense of desperation on the Palestinian side after a series of U.S. moves that have left them weakened and isolated."

One state or two states, there is only one way (Mondoweiss)

Hamada Jaber writes "Most Palestinians saw the PLO as their sole representative in the past. Polls from the organization where I work, the  Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR), showed 69% held this view in 2006 and in 2019 it dropped to only 54%."

"In the latest PCPSR poll, around 58% of Palestinians oppose the two-state solution and only 39% support it. Another 37% said they prefer a one-state solution over a two-state solution. (Even so, not a single Palestinian political party has adopted one-state solution in their platform)."

"This loss of public trust coincides with the Palestinian Authority struggling to survive and faces the possibility of a collapse, where the consequences include security chaos– internal or against Israel– and armed conflict."

GO DEEPER

Tourism in Service of Occupation and Annexation (Al-Shabaka)

The full version of Halah Ahmad's insightful piece was published yesterday in Al Shabaka:

"Since its creation in 1948, the state of Israel has upheld the Zionist agenda, with a narrative of infrastructural, intellectual, and productive superiority over the Palestinian population it continues to suppress through military occupation and continued displacement."

"Moreover, today, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism perpetuates notions of Israeli advancement and superior intelligence alongside tenuous and refutable claims to biblical histories that provide a false sense of continuity with the past."

"Israel’s continued utilization of biblical narratives that exclude Palestinians in official guides and tours is especially visible in Jerusalem, the epicenter of religious tourism. Israeli tour guides in Jerusalem particularly target Christian and Jewish visitors, with itineraries and site descriptions that often exclusively highlight Judeo-Christian histories."
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