The Palestinian Resistance & Sheikh Jarrah

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We usually publish a new podcast every two weeks or so. But as events in Palestine continue to develop we’re bringing you this special episode in collaboration with the Groundings podcast and friend-of-the-site Devyn Springer.

Devyn is a cultural worker, community organizer, and independent researcher. They are a member of the Walter Rodney Foundation, and host of the Groundings podcast. They’ve written and worked with several media outlets, including Mondoweiss, and produced documentaries such Parchman Prison: Pain & Protest.

Today, Devyn and their co-host Abu Shawarib speak to Mohammed El-Kurd. Mohammed is a poet and writer from Jerusalem, Palestine. He lives in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood where the Israeli government is trying to forcibly remove his family and other Palestinian families so that Israeli settlers can take over their homes.

Protests have been ongoing in Sheikh Jarrah over the last several weeks. Israeli forces escalated the violence by entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as the holy month of Ramadan came to an end, attacking tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers. Hamas, in Gaza, issued an ultimatum to Israel to withdraw its forces from Al-Aqsa and Sheikh Jarrah or it wide launch rockets into Israeli-held territory. The Israeli government ignored the deadline, and since late last week has carried out massive airstrikes against the civilian population in Gaza. As of this recording on Monday, May 17th, Israel has killed over 200 Palestinians in Gaza, including 61 children, and left over 1400 injured.


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