Al-Naqab challenges the Israeli occupation: What are the means of resistance?
In a live broadcast for Al Mayadeen on Instagram, activists weigh in on the many means through which the people of Al-Naqab have been resisting the occupation.
Through various means, the Israeli occupation has been trying to further annex Palestinian lands and displace its habitants. Among those were the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, and now Al-Naqab took its turn in suffering from Israeli assaults and violence. Israeli bulldozers have stormed Sa'wah village, carrying out razing operations in preparation for the annexation, and has arrested about 100 people in less than a week.
The people of Al-Naqab have responded to the Israeli attacks, and all attempts of the occupation have failed.
Muna Al-Kurd: Palestine is a cause, not a trend
In a commentary on recent events on an Instagram live broadcast for Al Mayadeen, Muna Al-Kurd said that "what is happening on the ground in Al-Naqab is greater than what is being circulated on social media," noting that "what is happening in Al-Naqab is similar to what's happening in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood."
Al-Kurd pointed out that Al-Naqab's inhabitants do not have access to the very basics of life, adding that "our demonstration has always been peaceful in Sheikh Jarrah, Al-Naqab, and other places."
According to the activist, the occupation forces deal with peaceful demonstrations with rubber bullets and tear gas, and the demonstrators in Al-Naqab were dragged, beaten, and then arrested by the occupation forces in the past few days.
She touched on the importance of social media in conveying the scene on the ground, and that there are people trying to ride the wave of demonstrators in Al-Naqab to gain views on their sites at the expense of the suffering of our people who are defending their lands.
الناشطة والصحافية #منى_الكرد في بث مباشر عبر إنستغرام #الميادين:"المتظاهرون في #النقب سُحلوا وضُربوا ثم اعتُقلوا بعد ذلك على أيدي قوّات الاحتلال في الأيام الماضية".#النقب_ينتفض #أنقذوا_النقب #النقب_يقاوم #النقب_تتحدى @kurd_muna pic.twitter.com/WRV6dxhgvT— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) January 14, 2022
Al-Kurd stressed that Palestine is a cause, not a trend.
With the knowledge that the Palestinian cause was far from any international diplomacy, she added, we have "forced the world, led by media, to hear us."
Al-Kurd added that activists' accounts on social media are being pursued and closed due to their reporting of the events in the Palestinian territories, highlighting that hashtags can have a huge impact.
Rola Azar: How can the free sleep while seeing what's happening in Al-Naqab?
Rola Azar, a Palestinian artist, stressed in the broadcast the need to publish what is happening in all available languages and hashtags on social media platforms.
She wondered, "How can the free sleep, being aware of what is happening in Al-Naqab and with our people in Palestine?"
Abu Ayesh: It is necessary to understand the current situation in Al-Naqab today
Lawyer Rafaat Abu Ayesh weighed in on the situation: "What we're witnessing in Al-Naqab is part of what's happening in Palestine every day," noting that with the unity of the Palestinian people, the initial project to expropriate Al-Naqab was dropped.
المحامي رأفت أبو عايش في بث مباشر عبر إنستغرام #الميادين:"هناك 36 قرية في #النقب غير مُعترف فيها بشكل كامل ودون أي خدمات".#انقذوا_النقب #النقب_تتحدى #النقب_ينتفض #النقب_يقاوم @yara1912 pic.twitter.com/jXPeZ7ZrVG— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) January 14, 2022
The lawyer contended that it is necessary to understand the current situation in Al-Naqab, pointing out that there are 36 villages in Al-Naqab that are not recognized as part of Al-Naqab, and don't receive any services.
According to Abu Ayesh, in previous years, Al-Naqab has seen the destruction of 11,000 housing units.
He also stressed the importance of live broadcasting and seminars, as they are effective methods for informing the masses on the events in Al-Naqab and Palestine in general.
Amir Abu Qwaider: Al-Naqab geographically constitutes 60% of historical Palestine
As for the activist Amir Abu Qwaider, he explained Al-Naqab geographically constitutes 60% of historical Palestine, pointing out that the displacement of Palestinians always comes under the pretext of "urbanization and development."
Al-Naqab's location is strategic because it is located on the borders of Egypt and Jordan, adding that the occupation seeks to subject our people in Al-Naqab to its policies. He added that the people of Al-Naqab are paying the price for standing up to the occupation, pointing out that the occupation is conducting nightly arrests for all those who've protested against the bulldozing.
الناشط أمير أبو قويدر في بث مباشر عبر إنستغرام #الميادين:" هناك إصرار على التحدّي من أهل #النقب نتيجة تراكمات سياسات الاحتلال الوحشية".#أنقذوا_النقب #النقب_تتحدى #النقب_ينتفض #النقب_يقاوم @yara1912 pic.twitter.com/ysduH34jiY— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) January 14, 2022
However, on the other hand, there is a determination to challenge the accumulation of brutal occupation policies, according to Abu Qwaider.
"There is a new generation employing new technology to mobilize people and spread what is happening in Al-Naqab," adding that "the situation in Al-Naqab is heading towards an escalation, and the campaign is ongoing and cannot calm down in a matter of few days."
Seif Eddine Jlassi: Many countries believe the lies of the Israeli occupation
Social activist and member of the United Nations Youth Advisory Council, Seif Eddine Jlassi, said that the events in Al-Naqab did not receive justice, similar to the events of Sheikh Jarrah, pointing out that day after day, the occupation entity proves itself to be a sponsor of terrorism against the Palestinian people.
الناشط الاجتماعي وعضو مجلس الاستشاري الشبابي للأمم المتحدة سيف الدين الجلاصي في بث مباشر عبر إنستغرام #الميادين:"نحن تونسيّو الجنسيّة لكن الروح دائماً فلسطينيّة".#انقذوا_النقب #النقب_تتحدى #النقب_ينتفض #النقب_يقاوم @yara1912 pic.twitter.com/fuEmFinjCw— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) January 14, 2022
Jlassi contended that some Algerians and Tunisians defend Palestinian rights, as opposed to the many countries that believe the lies of the Israeli occupation.
Within this context, Jlassi argued that we must defend the rights of our people in Palestine, bring their suffering into the limelight, and denounce the light of the occupation.
Jlassi said, "We are of Tunisian nationality, but of Palestinian identity."
Deterring the enemy's tactics, on all fronts, to defend Al-Naqab's land, by various means, is essential.