In a conflict clouded by trauma, emotion and misinformation, the facts on the ground can be hard to make out. Former CNN correspondent Arwa Damon and New Lines magazine’s Faisal Al Yafai talk about how to see more clearly through the fog of the Gaza War.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights lists freedom of movement as a basic human right. It is also one of the rights that governments and armies most frequently withhold or dole out as a privilege, with conditions attached. For some, those conditions — like permanent exile — are unacceptable.
President Biden communicated to Israelis the warmth most Americans, including this writer, feel toward the Jewish State. Now his task is to convince the government of Israel to behave in a manner that upholds Israel’s security interests and reflects respect for human life. He would likely pay a high political price for doing the right thing. But it must be done. American interests are at stake. And American values — the values of all democracies — are on the line.
With hundreds held hostage in Gaza, and thousands in Israeli detention, Sharone Lifschitz, Noga Tarnopolsky and Muzna Shihabi join New Lines magazine’s Joshua Martin and Lisa Goldman to talk about the growing pressure for a prisoner swap.
As I witness a potential genocide being committed in Gaza with the backing of Western governments, I ask myself whether I am going to be able to stay friends with people who stay silent over a war that I have come to see as fundamentally against me and my kind.
For many Israel advocates, Hamas’ terrible massacres portend the total extinction of the Jews in the country. For many Palestine supporters, the horrific Israeli counterattack implies nothing less than the total elimination of Gaza’s population.
Netanyahu has vowed to eliminate Hamas from Gaza entirely. But even if he succeeds, the question remains: What happens next? SOAS’s Gilbert Achcar joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai on The Lede to talk through the political endgame.