Watch: Day 7 roundtable on Israeli attacks in Gaza, West Bank

“How many people does Israel need to kill in order to be satisfied? How much blood? How many Palestinian kids?” writer and academic Refaat Alareer asks, live from Gaza on Friday.

“But we’re also not leaving, because we don’t want another Nakba,” he says.

When our executive director Ali Abunimah tells him that he’s sorry we failed to stop Israel’s genocidal attacks, Alareer says: “I think we didn’t fail. We did not. When it comes to an end, no. We didn’t. We didn’t submit to their barbarity. We didn’t submit to their brutality.”

We also speak with Khalil Abu Shammala, a veteran human rights activist who evacuated his home in Gaza City to stay with family in the southern Gaza Strip.

“No words can describe” the emotions he says he feels following the Israeli government’s orders for 1.1 million Palestinians – half of the Gaza Strip – to relocate to the southern part of the coastal enclave.

“They want to remind us and return back to the Nakba, and to emphasize that the Nakba will continue,” he says.

We also speak with journalist Jon Elmer to help us analyze the Israeli military’s tactics and the Palestinian resistance’s strategies.

Israel’s order for half of Gaza’s population to relocate to the southern areas “is a completely ludicrous order that is completely separate from any basic understanding of the Gaza Strip,” Elmer says.

“The number of people, the density, the danger of moving under bombardment, I think people are concerned, you know, as Khalil and Refaat said, that it’s propaganda. That it’s … exposing military movements, Israelis trying to get intelligence that they clearly don’t have,” he explains.

“I think Israel has gotten itself into this point where it seems as though there’s no way there’s not going to be a ground invasion – and the Palestinians are ready for that ground invasion, and have been ready for years and years for that.”

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I hope your correspondents in Gaza and their families remain safe.

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).