What it means to be Deaf and Palestinian in Gaza by Ryan Al-Natour

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  1. In the days after the genocide began, a video circulated across social media of IOF soldiers kidnapping and torturing a Deaf Palestinian named Ihab Tanboura.
  2. Tanboura is a young Deaf man from Beit Lahia. Israeli soldiers filmed themselves torturing and abusing him as Tanboura lay shirtless and bruised on the ground, whilst a booted soldier stepped on his head. In the video, which horrified the Palestinian Deaf community, the soldiers tied Tanboura’s hands behind his back, rendering him unable to communicate while he bled all over the floor. The soldiers proceeded to taunt Tanboura with their guns and laughed as they stepped on his head with their boots. Whilst Tanboura screamed in pain, the soldiers kicked him in his skull, back and chest.
  3. … Any Palestinian would tell you that the Zionist apartheid colonial project is an experience of racism and colonisation. For Deaf Palestinians, Zionism is also experienced as audism — a form of oppression and discrimination directed against Deaf people. Since October 2023, I have gotten to know members of the Palestinian Deaf community across the Gaza Strip. In sharing their accounts, it is my hope that readers will begin to understand their uniquely horrific experiences of the genocide, and how their Deaf and Palestinian identities are inextricably embedded within them.

Continue reading at https://overland.org.au/2024/06/what-it-means-to-be-deaf-and-palestinian-in-gaza/

Running Amok: The feeds of the IDF depict what Zionism can’t see by Mary Turfah

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  1. The cruelty itself, on display in videos like the one taken from the vantage point of Israeli soldiers driving their tank over the “I Love Gaza” sign (that greets visitors entering Gaza through the Rafah crossing), is somehow less disturbing than that it is presented with naked glee—no trace of the sober air that marks a person “doing what needs to be done” or an awareness that the rest of the world might not welcome overt, genocidal sadism as enthusiastically as the average Israeli. It’s like they can’t see us seeing them. 

Continue reading at https://thebaffler.com/latest/running-amok-turfah

The genocide in Israeli prisons by Qassam Muaddi

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  1. Israel’s genocidal war on Palestinians since last October has extended beyond the daily mass death, displacement, and starvation of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. Behind the bars of Israeli prisons, Israel has been waging war against Palestinian prisoners, creating conditions that make the continuation of human life impossible. The effects of this brutal campaign have reverberated among prisoners’ families outside of jail, who are watching their loved ones being systematically starved, beaten, tortured, and degraded.
  2. … Other depravities have been documented in several other prisons, often gloatingly by Israeli news channels who broadcast scenes of the abuse, including degrading treatment, in what can only be described as snuff films. Israeli prison doctors have assisted in the torture of Palestinian detainees, both before and after October 7. Alongside these acts of torture and humiliation, prison authorities have severely restricted prisoners’ food intake to the point of near-starvation, giving 20 prisoners enough food for two people
  3. The picture that emerges is one in which Israeli authorities are putting Palestinians in animal-like conditions calculated to torture, humiliate, and in man cases, to bring about their death. 

Continue reading at https://mondoweiss.net/2024/06/the-genocide-in-israeli-prisons/