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Watch Again - PDD Live These Chains Will Be Broken: Ramzy Baroud

Yesterday we were live with Dr Ramzy Baroud for an urgent conversation focused on the emergency situation of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Maher Al-Akhras and looking more broadly at the situation of Palestinian prisoners through Ramzy's latest book, These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggles and Defiance in Israeli Prisons (Clarity Press, 2020). It was an enriching conversation, if you missed it catch up on YouTube or Facebook.

Ramzy closed the discussion by saying:

"Optimism exists in the fact that Palestinian resistance carries on, I mean we look at Maher Al-Akhras and we feel sorry for him but the fact that there is this gaunt-skeletal looking man who is able to defy the Israeli court and the Israeli military system for 80 days holding strong, demanding his immediate freedom. If this is not absolute strength and resilience that is unprecedented, really, and is something that we should all celebrate as human beings to see such strong and resilient human beings carrying on with their sumud and their steadfastnesses day after day."

"So the nature of the conversation is changing and Israel is being more and more exposed we just need to be relentless, to keep at it, not to allow helplessness, hopelessness or despair to ever creep into our hearts and minds and we should continue demanding a free Palestine and freedom for the Palestinian people until that is achieved and we know that history is on the side of Palestine and the Palestinians and justice is on their side and eventually they will prevail."



Israel’s Peace Process Was Always a Road To Nowhere (Jacobin)

Ilan Pappé writes:

"The architects of the accords assumed that the Palestinians were in no position to resist an Israeli diktat which represented the maximum that the Jewish state was willing to concede at that time. The best these representatives of the “Israeli peace camp” could offer was two Bantustans — a reduced West Bank and an enclaved Gaza Strip — that would enjoy some of the symbolism of statehood while in practice remaining under Israeli control."

"Oslo differed from the previous initiatives in several ways. The most important one was that the PLO was Israel’s partner in this recipe for disaster. It should be said, though, that the organization, to its credit, has not — to this day — accepted the Oslo Accords as a process that has been concluded."

People in Gaza sifting through rubbish for food, UN head says (The Guardian)

"People in Gaza are searching through rubbish to find food as Palestinians battle unprecedented levels of poverty, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said."

Across Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza and elsewhere, Palestinian refugees are suffering at new depths because of the pandemic, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency chief, Philippe Lazzarini. “There is despair and hopelessness,” he said in an interview.

“In Gaza, people are going through the garbage,” Lazzarini said, referring to reports from UNRWA staff in the enclave. “More people are fighting to provide one or two meals a day to their families.”

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.” 

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

Halah Ahmad writes: "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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