Day 59 roundtable: Israel escalates Gaza massacres

On 1 December, Israel restarted its slaughter in Gaza and escalated the scale of its massacres. Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes leveled entire city blocks, destroying dozens of apartment buildings, and continued targeting paramedics and ambulances while pushing Palestinians into smaller areas of the southern Gaza Strip.

At least 800 Palestinians have been killed since Israel restarted its carpet bombings. And on Monday, the Israeli army launched a ground operation in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza.

While Israel continues to bombard the Gaza Strip relentlessly, it has been engaged in repeated assaults on the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s objective “is to use this moment to, as much as possible, contain and roll back the armed movement in the north of the West Bank, confining its ability to grow and sustain its capacity to resist,” writer and lecturer Abdaljawad Omar told us.

“The nature of the attention on Gaza, the nature of acceptance of mass killings, has also enabled Israel to conduct such mass killings in the West Bank. We’re talking about more than 300 martyrs, or at least around 300 martyrs in the West Bank, which is a big number since October 7,” he said.

At the start of the broadcast, Ali Abunimah took an in-depth look at the way Israel and its proxies have continued to manufacture consent for the last nearly 60 days of this massacre.

Recently, Israel launched a new media blitz, reviving unverified claims that Hamas fighters perpetrated mass rapes of Israeli women during its 7 October military operation.

Despite blanket coverage, Israel does not claim to have identified any specific victim of such crimes, nor produced any videos or forensic evidence corroborating that they took place.

Jon Elmer and Abdaljawad analyzed the gains by the Palestinian resistance in defense of Gaza and how Israel’s strategic goals – including the elimination of Hamas and the armed movements – has failed.

“The day after [Israel’s] terror bombing ends, it appears that the leadership that they were trying to separate the population from is intact. So it’s not clear to me what their overall plan is,” Jon explained.

“Despite all the horror of what’s happening, it’s amazing to me, and it’s still something to contemplate, that even in the north of Gaza, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians remain,” Abdaljawad noted.

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Nora Barrows-Friedman

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Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer and associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, and is the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine (Just World Books, 2014).