A Palestinian woman has called for more action in solidarity with the struggle against Israeli attacks.
Wafa (not her real name) lives in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. She told The Canary:
Palestinians have also been under attack in the West Bank and inside Israel’s borders. Israeli colonists backed up by the Israeli army have launched repeated attacks on the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third most holy site in Islam. Mosques and Muslim graveyards have been attacked in Palestinian cities within Israel. Lynchings and fatal shootings have taken place both within the West Bank and within Israel, as ultra-nationalist Israeli colonists attacked Palestinians.
Palestinian demonstrations in solidarity with the people of Gaza have faced live ammunition. At least 25 people have been killed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 10 May.
Do Palestinians have to just wait for another attack before people act in solidarity?
Wafa told The Canary that Palestinians shouldn’t have to wait for another full-scale assault before people acin support of Palestine. She said that international solidarity should be committed and ongoing. According to Wafa:
Even though there is a fragile ceasefire in place, the Gaza Strip remains under siege by the Israeli state. The siege, which has been in place since 2007, means people in Gaza are not free to travel outside the Strip or to other parts of Palestine. It has a devastating effect on health services in the Strip, and means that people face frequent power cuts and a shortage of clean water.
Ceasefire or no ceasefire, Gaza’s skies are patrolled by armed Israeli drones. The Strip is surrounded by a wall on three sides, complete with a ‘no-man’s land’ where people who enter will be shot. The sea is patrolled by Israeli gunboats that prevent Gaza’s fishing community from going as little as three nautical miles from shore.
And despite the ceasefire, Israel’s attacks are likely to go on as normal. The last major Israeli assault on Gaza was in 2014, but since then – during a period when it’s considered that no full-scale attack was happening – Israel’s day-to-day attacks have reportedly killed at least 450 Palestinians in Gaza.
Wafa told us there was a need to think collectively about creative ways to support Palestine:
Wafa put forward several ways to stand in solidarity:
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