Israel’s systematic Judaization and ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem reached a new peak last week as settler organizations backed by Israeli police moved to remove residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes. Sheikh Jarrah has since become a flashpoint of Palestinian struggle against the Ongoing Nakba that seeks to remove native Palestinians and replace them with Jewish-Zionist settlers. The protests have spread to other Palestinian communities across historic Palestine - including in Haifa, Lydd, Nazareth, and Gaza City- forcefully demonstrating the singularity of the Palestinian people and their freedom struggle. In the interview above with CNN as well as the interview below with BBC World News, Jadaliyya Co-Editor Noura Erakat places the protests in context and dispels prevailing Israeli talking points.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick Department of Africana Studies. Her research interests include humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, and critical race theory. Noura is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019). She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e-zine and an Editorial Committee member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as Legal Counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives, as a Legal Advocate for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, and as the national grassroots organizer and legal advocate at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Noura is the coeditor of Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures, an anthology related to the 2011 and 2012 Palestine bids for statehood at the UN. More recently, Noura released a pedagogical project on the Gaza Strip and Palestine, which includes a short multimedia documentary, "Gaza In Context," that rehabilitates Israel’s wars on Gaza within a settler-colonial framework. She is also the producer of the short video, "Black Palestinian Solidarity." She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.