“On October the 22nd, the Israelis bombed my home,” said Ahmed Alnaouq on Monday’s livestream.
He is a UK-based writer and the co-founder of We Are Not Numbers, a youth-led platform for writers and journalists in Gaza.
Ahmed and his family, like the majority of Palestinians in Gaza, are refugees from towns ethnically cleansed in 1948. His 75-year-old father Nasri was killed along with more than 20 members of his family when Israel bombed their home in Deir al-Balah last week.“My home consisted of four flats, one for myself, one for my father, one for my uncle, and one for my brother. … [This is the] house in which I was raised, the house in which I was brought up, and all of my brothers and sisters were brought up. So my father, two brothers, three sisters, one cousin, and 14 of their children were in this home. They were peaceful, they were lovely. They were kind. They were never a threat to the Israelis. They never fired a missile around this house, there was never any military exercise in our house. And it was bombed for no reason, for no justification whatsoever,” he explained.
Huda Ammori of Palestine Action in the UK joined us to discuss the role of international direct action to stop the genocide in Gaza and why activists are prepared to go to jail in order to disrupt and shut down weapons factories.
“We’ve seen people climb on top of the roof of Howmet, which is a weapons factory in Leicester, which provides the parts for Israel’s F-35 fighter jets,” Ammori explained.
“These are the fighter jets and warplanes that we’re seeing dropping bombs in Gaza right now. We can trace back the weaponry and components to many factories across this country.”“This is a crucial time where we need to harness the support for the Palestinian people and move it towards material disruption to the weapons makers who are producing the weapons we’re seeing being used against the Palestinian people,” she said. Jon Elmer, The Electronic Intifada’s contributing editor, talked about the growing calls by the families of Israelis held captive in Gaza for full prisoners’ swaps and how Palestinian resistance forces have been able to repel Israeli invaders on the ground.
And The Electronic Intifada’s Tamara Nassar and Ali Abunimah also discuss Jordan’s role in supporting Israel’s Western-backed slaughter in Gaza.
Reports that the Jordanian government has permitted the United States to station additional military forces on its soil as Israel exterminates Palestinians in Gaza are generating disquiet.