Gaza under attack: Palestinians expose Israel’s moral, intellectual bankruptcy (VIDEO)

12 May

Mark Seddon speaks with Rana Shubair and Dr. Ramzy Baroud. [Palestine Deep Dive]

By Palestine Deep Dive, 12 May 2023

Amid Israel’s ongoing airstrikes on Gaza, Palestine Deep Dive’s Mark Seddon speaks live with Gaza-based author and mother Rana Shubair and is also joined by US-based Palestinian journalist and intellectual Dr. Ramzy Baroud from Seattle.

Israeli airstrikes have killed scores of people including multiple children and at the time the death toll stood at 15. Since then, the number has risen to at least 28 and shows no sign of abating, as hopes of a ceasefire have faltered.

Rana Shubair describes the situation on the ground and what kind of effect this has had on children especially.

On the surprising nature of this round of Israeli bombing, Shubair explains how “it shocked everybody” as she and her family “thought we were having a peaceful day and evening” only for them to return home, go to sleep, “and then just suddenly out of nowhere, we hear these huge explosions and we woke up to them.”

Her own children, she describes, “came running into my room, telling me ‘they’ve [the Israelis] shelled an apartment in a building in our neighborhood” attacking three different places across Gaza simultaneously.

She discusses her own children’s artwork and how their drawings communicate the trauma children in Gaza feel, having to endure intense and repeated Israeli bombings.

“When they were younger I tried to deal with this by talking to them, taking them out to do activities like to go horseback riding, to go swimming to do anything that would help them release all this negative energy they had inside.”

She also praises the work of those in Britain who are using direct action to shut down Israeli-owned arms company, Elbit Systems, and how these acts are vital in ending complicity with Israel’s crimes against Palestinians.

“I have always had faith in people, in grassroots movements” and “when I see these protests, even if they are small, but when I see consistency in these protests and people uplifting our voices, and talking about us…I think it gives us all hope” as it “makes us feel that we are valued, that we are heard despite what is happening to us.”

Ramzy Baroud discusses the brutality against Palestinians and how Israel has been allowed to get away with its crimes time and time again.

Commenting on the killings of children, Ramzy passionately argues that “Israel is becoming bankrupt, intellectually, morally” and that it is being exposed “because of the power of the Palestinian voice even of little children after they die!”

On the other side, he describes the “moral bankruptcy” of Western states showing solidarity with Ukrainians facing Russian invasion and occupation but who then side with Israel’s violent and 75-year-long occupation of Palestine.

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