US holds firm against calls for cease-fire
Unlike the revolution in Gil Scott-Heron’s 1971 satirical song and poem, the Israeli siege of Gaza is being televised. And streamed. And tweeted.
For many Arabs and Muslims under 35, this is not your parents’ Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is now theirs, a defining moment for a cohort that finds itself in solidarity with much if not most of the global south, as well as kindred spirits in the West, where pro-Palestinian politicians and protests have rattled US and European politics.
The war has already taken over 11,000 lives in Gaza, mostly civilians, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health. US Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Leaf said this week that the casualties may be even more than reported.