Donald Trump has fully, finally, abandoned America’s commitments to UNRWA. I worked for UNRWA from June 2013 through September 2015, as the business and livelihoods consultant to the office of its Gaza director. UNRWA could be hair-tearingly frustrating, and it...
The Trump administration has pledged full funding to an oft-maligned UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees… Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has privately assured the UN Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, that the United States… will maintain...
Of what use are unrealized human rights to Gazan Palestinians – and what happens when an aspirational right confronts the hard reality of Hamas? I. We, expressing outrage and support for the people of Gaza from a distance, can refer to Israel’s illegal blockade,...
What is Contrapuntal?
I am a Jew, proud to have lived and worked 2011 – 2015 in Gaza. Living behind the walls and beneath the bombs, Gazans transformed my understanding of justice.
I want to add adjectives to our understanding of Gaza: young, ambitious, educated, loving and audaciously human.
I frame the conversation in the language of human rights, legal accountabilities, and international solutions.
Those frameworks equalize us.
Politics has failed. Violence fails. The Occupation secures no one. The bombardments deter no one. We, people, are what’s left – and I want us to act. We can change the cost of the status quo, and raise the rewards of solution.
Gaza needs freedom, justice, and protection in the meantime.