News Release

From Gaza

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 editor of Gaza Writes Back and is a university professor of comparative literature, translation and creative writing.

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HAIDAR EID, haidareid@gmail.com, @haidareid
Author of the book Worlding, Eid highlighted “Nakba Day” protests scheduled for Saturday against the “Ongoing Nakba and the Massacre in Besieged Gaza” organized in large part by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. The Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe” — commemorated on May 15 — refers to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in 1948. Eid and many other Palestinians view this as an ongoing process — as Israel expels Palestinians from their homes and makes life for Palestinians more unbearable in Gaza and elsewhere — a continuing ethnic cleansing. See The Gaza Voice on Facebook. For information on protests around the world, see at Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and on Twitter.

RAJI SOURANI, pchr@pchrgaza.org, @pchrgaza
Sourani is executive director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, which “calls on the international community to intervene immediately to:
* End instantly and unconditionally the offensive on the Gaza Strip
* Stop the Israeli crimes in al-Sheikh Jarrah and al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its sanctity
* Hold Israel accountable for its crimes before the International Criminal Court
* Stop Israel’s clear war crimes and crimes against humanity, emphasizing that each state believing in the rule of law should impose sanctions on Israel, such as those imposed on the apartheid regime in South Africa”