I was speaking with him last night just before/as Israel's ground invasion began. As the news of the ground invasion came through, I was in tears and told him to keep safe. His response was to tell me not to be worried, that morale was high and that the people were steadfast. I am constantly amazed by both the courage of my Palestinian friends and Palestinian sumoud (steadfastness).
In solidarity, Kim
Such reporting that only scratches the shallow surface of reality shields Israel from the same moral scrutiny it applies to the Palestinians. What is worse, it provides a self-serving moral universe unburdened by the inconvenience over the suffering and pain of the unworthy “other”.
- Dr Mosheer Amer is Professor of Discourse Analysis & Linguistics at the English department of the Islamic University of Gaza.
Photo: Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of Bashir Abdel Aal, a 20-year-old who was killed by Israeli tank shells (AFP)