Palestine still ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

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Editor’s note: This post is an abridged version of John Pilger’s address to the Palestinian Expo in London last Saturday (pictured above). Pilger’s earlier documentary “Palestine Is Still the Issue” can be viewed below.

By John Pilger, TruthDig, 10 July 2017

Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them.

One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter.

“Arabs,” they said, “nomads.” The words were almost spat out. Israel, they said, meaning Palestine, had been mostly wasteland, and one of the great feats of the Zionist enterprise was to turn the desert green.

They gave as an example their crop of Jaffa oranges, which was exported to…

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Starved of power, Gazans suffer oppressive heatwave

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Electricity crisis is caused by the 11-year-old strict Israeli crisis imposed on Gaza

During the current heatwave, Gaza residents, who do not have electricity to cool themselves off due to Israeli siege, are struggling to survive.

“Sometimes I go around flipping on different sides of my bed for an hour before I can fall asleep. It is humiliating,” Sami told an Israeli newspaper

During the current heatwave, Gaza residents, who do not have electricity to cool themselves off due to Israeli siege, are struggling to survive.

Sami, a medical intern in the Gaza Strip, is struggling to sleep due to the heatwave which is roasting the region, where temperatures have been soaring to 37°C (98°F). The heat in his room is overpowering, and the mosquitoes do not help either. But due to an ongoing electricity crisis, he cannot cool himself off, or even plug in the device that wards off the biting insects.

“Sometimes I go around flipping on different sides of my bed for an hour before I can fall asleep. It…

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