In 2015, Palestinian-Canadian artist Rehab Nazzal was shot by an Israeli sniper in occupied Bethlehem. She was targeted while peacefully photographing an Israeli ‘skunk-truck’ that was spewing noxious fluids onto Palestinian homes. When Palestinian medics tried to rescue Rehab, Israeli forces rained tear gas down on their ambulance.
As Rehab’s lawyer, I petitioned Canada’s then-Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, to demand that the Israeli sniper who shot Rehab be held accountable. Freeland, who is now Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, did nothing.
Today, Rehab is in Bethlehem again. She is effectively confined to Bethlehem after the Israeli military sealed off virtually every town and village in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, less than sixty kilometres from her home, Israel’s military is waging its most destructive war on Gaza to date. As Jewish Voice for Peace warns, Israel’s latest war on Gaza amounts to an imminent genocide.
Today, I spoke with Rehab about current conditions in the West Bank, her fears for the people of Gaza, and the future of Palestinian resistance.
According to Rehab, Palestine will never be the same after resistance fighters broke out of the Gaza “cage” on October 7, 2023.
You can watch and listen to our discussion here: