News Release

Biden Approves More Weapons to Israel as It Threatens Schools

SAREE MAKDISI, makdisi@humnet.ucla.edu@sareemakdisi
Makdisi’s books include Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation. He is professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. His pieces include “Apartheid” for Critical Inquiry. He just wrote the piece “The Nakba Is Now” for The Nation, which states: “The events in Sheikh Jarrah are so important because they represent a microcosm of the entire conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, going all the way back to that primal scene of 1948. The removal of Palestinians and their replacement by Jewish settlers has been going on, sometimes on a large scale, sometimes on a small scale — family by family, household by household — for over 70 years.”

The Washington Post reports today that the Biden administration recently approved more missile sales to Israel.

JOE CATRON, joecatron@gmail.com@jncatron
Currently in New York City, Catron lived in Gaza for years. He is with Samidoun, the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, which organized the listing of world-wide protests that took place this weekend and are continuing. They are now calling for a “Day of Action in Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising and General Strike: Tuesday, May 18.” He highlights reports that Israel has informed the Gaza ministry of education that it will target two schools.

Over the weekend, Israel continued destroying buildings in Gaza, including a tower housing the AP office, hindering information getting out. See @accuracy Twitter list.

Unless otherwise noted, the Palestinians below are currently in Gaza. Electricity, phone and internet availability can be difficult in Gaza, which has been under siege and suffered bombing campaigns by Israel, so connections may be intermittent. Medical personnel of course may be especially difficult to reach. Recent Israeli bombings killed at least three prominent doctors. WhatsApp is often the best method of communication. If calling from the U.S., prefix numbers with 011.

MALAK MATAR, Malakmattar47@gmail.com
Matar is a Palestinian artist in Gaza. See her Facebook page.

REFAAT ALAREER, refatr17@gmail.com@itranslate123
The New York Times just published Alareer’s piece “My Child Asks, ‘Can Israel Destroy Our Building if the Power Is Out?’.” Alareer is the co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced. He was recently on BBC. He was just on “Democracy Now!

LAILA EL-HADDAD, laila.elhaddad@gmail.com@gazamom
Now in Maryland, El-Haddad’s books include Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything in Between.

RAJI SOURANI, rajisourani@gmail.com@pchrgaza
Sourani is executive director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, which just released the statement: “On Seventh Day of Israeli Offensive on Gaza, Residential Area Destroyed over People’s Heads; Airstrikes Cause Earthquake-like Destruction.” Sourani is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.

MEDHAT ABBAS
Dr. Abbas is the director of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

BASEM NAIM, basemn63@gmail.com
Dr. Naim is the Director of the Council on International Relations in Gaza. He served as the former Minister of Health in Gaza from 2007 until 2012. See his page on Facebook.

HAIDAR EID, haidareid@gmail.com@haidareid
Eid is author of the book Worlding and associate professor in the Department of English Literature, Al-Aqsa University. See his writings at Middle East Eye.

MOSHEER AMER, mamer@iugaza.edu.ps@mosheeramer
Amer is the Director of the Center for Political and Development Studies and an associate professor of linguistics at the Islamic University of Gaza.

YOUSEF AL-HELOU, al-helou.y@hotmail.com@YousefAlhelou
Al-Helou is a Palestinian journalist from in Gaza and is now in London. See his writing in Middle East Monitor.

MOHAMMED ALQATTAWI, Alqattawi24@gmail.com@m_alqattawi
Alqattawi is an activist, originally from Gaza, and is now in Istanbul.

ISSAM A. ADWAN, issam@wearenotnumbers.org@WeAreNotNumbers
Adwan is with the group We Are Not Numbers and was recently on the show “Democracy Now!