Podcast Ep 35: Israel’s war on Gaza and Jerusalem

On episode 35 of The Electronic Intifada Podcast, Nora, Asa and our colleague Tamara Nassar join Lara Elborno and Michael Schirtzer of the Palestine Pod to talk about the first few days of the US-backed Israeli attacks on Gaza.

“An occupied people has a right to engage in armed resistance against a foreign occupation. That’s it. Period,” says Elborno. “There is no right for a colonial power to engage in a merciless assault against a civilian population that it cages.”

Since we recorded this episode, Lara’s relative, Hassan Elborno, was killed by Israeli bombing in the Gaza Strip. He was a farmer working on land near the eastern boundary line with Israel.

Later on in the program, Nora and Asa talk to Joharah Baker, a journalist and translator based in the Old City of Jerusalem, who discusses the last month of Israeli settler pogroms and attempts to expel Palestinians from the nearby neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

Baker also talks about the complicity of Joe Biden and US lawmakers in aiding and abetting Israel’s war crimes.

“Anyone who looks to Biden as any kind of game-changer … sorry, they’re just delusional,” she says. “The only way that policy will change is through funding. It has to be money, there’s really no other way. But I don’t see that happening yet. But I think that there is a movement … people are the ones who will make those changes.”

Articles we discussed

Video production by Tamara Nassar

Theme music by Sharif Zakout

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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).