Beginning on May 9th, the Israeli Defense Force attacked Palestinian populations in Gaza for 11 days leaving 250 dead (including 66 children), more than 1700 injured and over 6000 homeless. This most recent attack by the Israelis was in relation to Israeli settler provocations against Palestinians in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
We talk with Dr. Ussama Makdisi (@UssamaMakdisi) about the history of Israeli colonization and displacement of the Palestinian people. How the U.S. supports Israel with $3.8 billion a year in military aid while trying to appear as a “mediator” in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The Israeli propaganda machine targeting of critics and journalists of Israel in the U.S.
We also talk about the unprecedented global protest of the Israeli attack on Gaza from the streets of New York, Houston and London to the “Squad” in the House of Representatives.
Dr. Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. Professor Makdisi’s most recent book Age of Coexistence: The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World was published in 2019 by the University of California Press.
- Saree Makdisi: The Nakba Is Now
- Patrick Cockburn: Biden’s Timid Gaza Intervention Won’t Count for Much But US Reaction Against Israel has Changed Significantly
- WaPo: ‘From Ferguson to Palestine’: How Black Lives Matter changed the U.S. debate on the Mideast
- Ussama Makdisi: Age of Coexistence. The Ecumenical Frame and the Making of the Modern Arab World
- Dr. Makdisi’s bio page
- Human Rights Watch Report on Palestine
- Btselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territory