News Release

Israeli Attacks on West Bank and Jerusalem


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DIMITRI LASCARIS,, @dimitrilascaris
Lascaris is a Canadian journalist, activist and lawyer currently in Jenin on the West Bank. Available for a limited number of interviews, he just wrote to the Institute for Public Accuracy: “The Israelis committed an atrocity at a hospital in Jenin this morning. I just interviewed the hospital director and he showed us videotape of the crime. An unarmed Palestinian man was shot in the back as he was running into the hospital to take cover from gunfire.” See his latest articles: “In Jenin Refugee Camp, Israeli Forces Terrorize Palestinian Artists,” “In Jenin, Israeli Soldiers Brutalize Young Men While Using Their Mother as Human Shield,” and “Sheikh Jarrah and Israel’s Kangaroo Courts.”

YAZAN RISHEQ,, @grassroots_quds
Risheq is with Grassroots Al-Quds [Arabic for Jerusalem]. He said today: “I believe that ‘existence is resistance.’ Maintaining identity, culture, beliefs and rights in the face of oppressors who always try to erase, and change it, is itself a form of resistance and using knowledge, memorization, heritage, archive, and the potentials of the past, the present and the future as a tool for liberation.” See in-depth interview of Risheq by Israeli activist Miko Peled from April of last year. See from last year during Ramadan: “‘Heinous Crimes’: Global Outcry as Israeli Forces Attack Al-Aqsa Worshipers for Second Night.”

MAZIN QUMSIYEH,, Skype: mbqumsiyeh
Qumsiyeh is a professor at Bethlehem University. His books include Sharing the Land of Canaan. He is founding director of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability. He recently wrote “Impact of the Israeli military activities on the environment” in the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

He addressed long-term Israeli military and settler violence in the West Bank which he has written about extensively and directly confronted, but stressed what is being done to Gaza: “Over one million people also are suffering from the spreading (and curable) diseases associated with the Israeli blockade. …U.S./France/Jordan doing air drops is a sick propaganda stunt. One airdrop cargo is equivalent to one truck. Gaza needs a minimum of 800 trucks of food and medical supplies per day now to avoid full genocide. Over 2,000 trucks are at the borders waiting for weeks.”