In the fourth part of my series on privilege, I take the liberty to tell you about my own privilege journey.
How the concept of privilege has changed throughout my life, what directions it took, what different regions have to do with it, and how it explains so much of what you’re hearing in all of my podcast episodes. It explains so much that this episode could have been an introductory episode exactly a year ago when I started this podcast.
It always seems a bit dystopian: the military investigating its own actions. To be more precise, what seems dystopian – or simply completely corrupt – is that same military concluding that “everything’s OK.”
Unfortunately, dystopia is what we find in what we like to call liberal democracies.
Although my articles didn’t stop, my podcast did take a needed break.
Now, I’m back for the second season of The Exploded Head. In its intro episode, I review what I’ve talked about already and give you some ideas of what I’ll be covering in the near future.
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.
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.
The protests in and outside of Palestine continue. Why? Because not much has changed, and nothing has improved. We’re seeing the same colonial practices, the same occupation, the same brutality by Israeli forces. In Jerusalem, throughout the West Bank, and all over historic Palestine. I encourage you to speak out against all of this.
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?
Israel’s bombing of Gaza has stopped but that doesn’t change the main point here: the occupation stays, its mechanisms are active, and Israel has announced its plan to punish the people who have spoken out against its aggression.
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.