Seven years after Protective Edge, we find Gaza and its children living in conditions that are even more dire than before. The trauma inflicted by Israel’s attacks and by its total siege on the region continues. In fact, it is unfolding as we speak.
The Taliban has taken power in Afghanistan. It finally happened and it’s terrifying. “Kabul has fallen,” the press tells us.
But what’s next? How do we assess what happened, learn from it, and find the best ways to help the Afghan people now?
If you’re not an expert on International Law but if Israel’s recent attacks on Gaza looked like war crimes to you, your questions have now been answered.
War crimes: this is what Human Rights Watch has concluded in its recent report.
Gaza might not be bombed anymore yet so much remains. The blockade, the occupation with all of its mechanism, apartheid, and so many questions.
One of these questions sounds simple but it so important to ask:
Who can hold Israel accountable?
Israeli bombings of Gaza have a context that we need to address and, when needed, deconstruct. Building on my previous episodes, this is exactly what I do in this one.
Instead of appeasing those who are promoting the mainstream narrative, we have to say it as it: Gaza is under a brutal attack. The last time Israel invaded it, it killed 500 children. Let’s not wait to see such numbers again.
What is happening in Sheikh Jarrah?And what has been happening in East Jerusalem in general? We can’t analyse this situation without assessing its context. In this case, that context is colonialism.
Human Rights Watch has just released its report on the Israeli policies in the Occupied Territories and in Israel itself. The verdict: these policies make up a system of apartheid.
In my episode, I talk about this report and what broader questions we should ask when it comes to how international organisations assess any Israeli policies.
What might we find at the very core of debates surrounding this conflict?
Certainly not always, but sometimes, there is a layer of hypocrisy we need to cut through.
Do you ever feel like your head is about to explode? What are the issues that have that effect on you? I claim that intellectually “getting” a certain situation doesn’t make you immune to feeling a certain way about it. In the end, I think this is what makes us human: it is very much allowed.