Palestinian citizens of Israel have responded fervently to Israeli-backed settler takeovers of Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah. They have organized protests in Haifa, Lydd, Nazareth, as well as in the Negev. In response, Jewish-Zionist mobs have begun a terror campaign seeking out Palestinians to attack that has included pulling a Palestinian man out of his car and beating him unconscious in Beit Yam on live Israeli TV; breaking into Palestinian homes in Haifa; and attacking Palestinians in Lydd alongside Israel police. Meanwhile, the bombing campaign against the besieged population in Gaza has taken the lives of 63 Palestinians and 14 children. Hamas rocket fire was also unprecedented in its reach and impact, killing 7 Israeli civilians. In this interview, CNN anchor, Christiane Amanpour speaks with Jadaliyya Co-Editor, Noura Erakat about the situation where Noura emphasizes that the protection of Jewish supremacy as the central organizing principle of government shapes the context and undermines the discourse of inter communal violence that is devoid of a power analysis.
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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.