Palestine Today: Between Apartheid and Hope
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A disastrous war has again just passed over a besieged Gaza – the fourth since 2008-9. As Jewish Israeli settlers expropriate more Palestinian land in the West Bank, Palestinian families are threatened with expulsion in East Jerusalem. From settler intimidation in Hebron and Sheikh Jarrah to lynch mobs in Lydd and Haifa, the signs of Israel’s violent occupation are visible everywhere. But there are also signs of hope. Voices of protest and global acts of solidarity abound. Alongside calls to block weapons sales to Israel, there are ongoing international legal investigations into Israel’s crimes.
Will global public opinion finally tip the balance against Israel’s apartheid regime? Is justice possible?
Veteran Haaretz reporter Amira Hass and Director of Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza Issam Younis join Bashir Abu-Manneh to discuss Israel’s apartheid wars, settler colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and the re-emergence of Palestinian popular resistance.
About the speakers:
Bashir Abu-Manneh is Head of School of English and Reader in Postcolonial Literature at University of Kent. He is author of The Palestinian Novel: From 1948 to the Present (2016) and editor of After Said: Postcolonial Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2018).
Amira Hass is a Ramallah-based award-winning reporter and columnist for Haaretz newspaper in Israel and the author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza (1999) and Reporting from Ramallah (2003). She has also published her mother’s Diary of Bergen-Belsen, 1944-45 (2009).
Issam Younis is Director General of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Commissioner-General of the Independent Commission for Human Rights of Palestine. He recently received the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. He was born in Rafah and lives in Gaza City.