Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Yousef M. Aljamal, Tarek Loubani December 20, 2023

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded December 20, 2023

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Seventy-five days and nights of bombs, rockets, and bullets in Gaza has killed, maimed, and made homeless hundreds of thousands. And, the numbers keep growing; relentless as the determination of Israel’s leadership to repeat the great Palestinian disaster, The Nakba. The litany of crimes committed against the civilian population is too long to provide a proper reckoning – for now – but it’s vital we watching from afar recognize: The cold data presented by media are abstractions designed to deaden us to the horror of what’s happening. The children daily murdered by Israel in Gaza, and increasingly in the West Bank, are yours and mine and ours; not line items without humanity to be tallied in a grotesque, macabre accountancy.

Refaat Alareer was killed by Israel two weeks ago. He was, among other things, a co-founder in 2014 of We Are Not Numbers, an organization dedicated to telling the stories of the lives of Palestinians killed by Israel.

Yousef M. Aljamal is a Palestinian author and scholar. He was a student of Refaat, and collaborated with him on the renowned anthology, ‘Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine. He currently lives in Istanbul, from where he has hosted the PalCast podcast since October.

Yousef M. Aljamal in the first half.

And; in addition to assassinating Gaza’s journalists, writers, and poets, part of Israel’s pogrom is too aimed at the more prosaic necessities of life, like healthcare. Since the beginning of the onslaught in October Israel has targeted ambulances, medics, hospitals, and clinics of all description. Its military has also kidnapped doctors, and is now subjecting them to forced-confession interrogations, disseminating those through friendly Western media and on the internet. But this tactic of attacking doctors and medics, ambulances and hospitals is not novel; Israel has long practiced it.

Tarek Loubani is a Canadian/Palestinian doctor who can testify first-hand to that. He was shot through both legs whilst tending to the wounded – wearing his Canadian hospital scrubs – during 2018’s Great March of Return in Gaza. Tarek is a London, Ontario-based doctor and serves as medical director to the Glia Project’s Canada office. Glia seeks to provide medical supplies to impoverished and traumatized locales, one of which being the hospital Tarek worked from in Gaza, al-Shifa.

Tarek Loubani and saving Gaza’s medical practitioners in the second half.

But first, Yousef M. Aljamal and keeping the stories of Palestinian’s alive.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. Check out the Archive at Gorilla-Radio.com, GRadio.Substack.com, and the GR blog at: https://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com/

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Author: Chris Cook

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, broad/webcasting since 1999. The show is archived at: www.gorilla-radio.com. The GR blog is at: gorillaradioblog.blogspot.com, and you can find and support the program at GRadio.Substack.com. Financial support is also possible through the Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/PacificFreePress. He's too the past contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com, (now defunct) and tweets at @paciffreepress. G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media. Some past guests include: M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, Ramzy Baroud, David Barsamian, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Paul Cienfuegos, Yves Engler, Laura Flanders, Denis Halliday, Sam Husseini, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Ingmar Lee, Dave Lindorff, Stefania Maurizi, Greg Palast, Michael Parenti, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, John Ross, David Rovics, Joan Russow, Vandana Shiva, David Swanson, Andy Worthington, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others.

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