Good morning, everyone! I’m working at bring back a weekly summary of what has been happening with Gaza & the West Bank to the blog. I’m writing on it daily over on Instagram (I can be found at jessi1980 there), and I’m also sharing this ‘weekly update’ over on Substack as well (I can be found at jessimatts over there). I decided instead of writing in three different places daily on what is happening within Gaza & the West Bank–I’d do two ‘weekly’ summaries (based off what I’d wrote throughout the week on Instagram), here and on Substack.

I know that this probably isn’t everyone’s cup of ‘tea/coffee’ and that a lot of people probably just want to ignore what is going on in the region…and that’s fine–that’s your decision. I’m writing/sharing because I’m choosing to use my voice (and various platforms) to bring awareness of what is happening in the area. Everything that I’m writing about here, is summarized from the daily live blog feeds from Al Jazeera’s website that is covering this atroticity.

So, if this isn’t your cup of tea–don’t open the email, but if you’re interested–continue reading. So what’s been happening?

There are at least 33,686 dead, at least 76,309 wounded, and somewhere between 8 to 13,000 still missing within Gaza. The ‘missing’ could be dead within the rubble, dying within the rubble, or ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped). Over in the West Bank, it’s at least 462 dead, over 4,750 wounded, and over 8,100 ‘detained’ (aka kidnapped)—including people who had been released back in November (during the first ceasefire agreement).

Well—there are still weekly protests happening around the world, as the global community strives to turn the tide and get a permanent ceasefire implemented in Gaza for the Palestinians.

While Iran hasn’t totally ‘responded’ to the destruction of their embassy in Syria last week—they have seized a ship that was trying to leave the Persian Gulf this morning. Many think that this is a ‘warning’ to west to stay out of whatever comes up—or they’ll start really disrupting things in the Persian Gulf. 

You can’t strike another country’s consulate (in another country) and then demand that the other country gets labeled as a ‘terror organization’ for seizing a cargo ship that is associated with you…if they’re labeled an ‘terror organization’—you also need to be labeled as a ‘terror organization’. #justsayin’

If things ‘escalate’ in the region—it is all due to you twits…not Lebanon, not Syria, not Iraq, Iran, or any other country—it’s all on you guys.

UNRWA is still working to provide medial assistance to everyone within Gaza, even though the occupiers are trying to ‘break’ them. 

On April 6—only three aid trucks made it into to northern Gaza, with aid for the struggling hospitals and clinics (one truck had fuel, the other two had medical supplies).

Ireland has started to divest from businesses that could be doing business in the occupied Palestinian territory.

There were hearings this week at the ICJ in regards to the case Nicaragua brought against Germany for supplying weapons to the occupiers. Nicaragua has also closed their embassy within Germany (could be temporary, but could be permanent—we shall have to wait and see).

While thousands of Palestinians have been killed since Oct 7th…Dozens of Lebanese & Syrian civilians have also been killed due to the indiscriminate (and sometime targeted) bombing of both Lebanon & Syria by the occupiers.

Last week the security council did pass a ceasefire resolution (the US abstained from voting)…but of course the occupiers are ignoring it…while various countries (such Saudi Arabia & Pakistan) are calling on them to heed the ceasefire resolution. 

What type of international efforts could force them to heed it?  How about this—everyone recall their ambassadors, quit sending military aid (looking at you US), cut economic ties, and slowly turn them into a pariah state.

Nope…all international pressure needs to be directed at you asshats…because, again…Oct 7th didn’t happen in a vacuum..yes, it was horrid & atrocious…but it was also a response to 75+ years of murder, destruction, and terrorization of a group of people by others. What the hell did you expect would happen at some point?

Also—remember children, you gave up your ‘right’ of self-defense when you decided to illegally occupy territory that doesn’t belong to you…it’s in the UN charter—remember, the one you signed?

While everyone within Gaza is starving…the situation is even more dire in the north, where little humanitarian aid is able to get in…and what aid does get in is usually targeted by the occupiers (or they target the civilians waiting for the aid)…I think that various political & military leaders of the world need to be forced to survive on less than 300 calories a day..in a war zone..because folks this is totally unacceptable…but the world seems to be accepting it.

Where is the outrage from the western medical communities? Scalpels are having to be reused between surgeries…but they’re becoming blunt…patients are having undergo surgeries without painkillers…wounds aren’t healing because people are suffering from malnutrition & dehydration..

Over the past few days more aid trucks were able to enter Gaza…but why are the occupiers being allowed to determine what can come into Gaza? Like they’re war criminal folks…also it’s beyond time that various countries (including the US) gets off the damn ‘guilt’ train about what happened during WWII…Yes, that was a ‘dark’ time…but again—two wrongs don’t make a damn right.

The Security Council will be talking about Palestine’s application to become a full member of the UN (again)…it will be interesting to see if it can make it out of the Council (where the US could very well just veto their application…like they’ve been threatening to).

This past week also saw another round of attempts of getting a ceasefire ‘agreement’ agreed upon. Hamas is sticking with their ‘line in the sand’ (complete withdrawal of the occupying forces, allowing everyone to return to their homes to start rebuilding, funds, and the stupid wall around Gaza dismantled). While the occupiers are refusing those demands, and only proposing a ‘six-week’ ceasefire (without withdrawal of troops from Gaza), and demanding release of all hostages (that may or may not be alive still within Gaza—thanks to their own indiscriminate bombing of Gaza).

The occupiers are trying to potentially play mind games—by claiming they have a date set to invade Rafah…that statement only seems to have potentially derail the talks—like why bother trying to negotiate when the enemy is just going to ‘invade’ anyway.

Also…where are 1.4 million people suppose to go? You told the Palestinians that Rafah was a ‘safe’ zone…but you’ve been bombing them daily there for well over a week…and now you’re threatening to invade? If they try to head north—they’re potentially detained, or killed…and if they head ‘south’—that’s into Egypt…and we all know that you’d refuse to allow any Palestinians back in after they ‘voluntarily’ leave.

Okay…if you’re going to sanction one group over the violence from Oct 7th—you need to be sanctioning the other group (the occupiers) for the same type of violence after Oct 7th (and probably even prior to Oct 7th)…because if you don’t sanction both groups…you’re showing your hypocrisy…#justsayin’

So an UNICEF aid convey came under fire, luckily no one as killed this time (unlike the strike that killed seven World Central Kitchen helpers)…I agree with Amnesty International—peaceful protests need to be protected & that the Jordanian government needs to release those that have been ‘detained’ for protesting…

Hats off to the various humanitarian aid workers who are willing to risk their lives to get humanitarian aid delivered to people within Gaza. UNRWA is still unable to get food aid into northern Gaza (their last attempt was back in January) as either their vehicles or civilians come under fire…the occupiers are using starvation as a weapon of war and collective punishment.

More journalists have been wounded while covering an attack on a refugee camp in central Gaza…one journalist has lost at least one foot.

While the occupiers are slowly pulling their military out of various parts of Gaza (probably to build up to start invading Rafah)—over 50% of the buildings within Khan Younis have been destroyed—this includes homes, schools, hospitals, places of worships, everything.

Türkiye has placed a slight export embargo on the occupiers (restricting export of at lest 54 products) due to the occupiers refusing to allow them to participate in humanitarian aid drops within Gaza. Again—why in the hell are the occupiers being allowed to decide who gets to help, and what gets to be allowed in?? Of course, the occupiers are threatening to retaliate in kind in regards to an ‘embargo’….tit for tat…I guess we are back on a playground somewhere…

I agree with Human Rights Watch…sanctions need to be imposed on the occupiers…not only to force them to allow aid into Gaza—but to force their asses out of Gaza.

Why keep things a ‘secret’? Usually when weapon sales are ‘secret’ it means you have something to hide…it usually doesn’t keep reputations ‘clean & squeaky’. So—Australia, your reputation has been damaged…#justsayin’

I agree…but it should be all countries (not just Muslim) that severe ties with the occupiers…and I don’t think it should just be temporary…it should be permanent & they should be forced into becoming a pariah state.

Permanent ceasefire…not temporary…again kiddies—it is up to the Palestinians to decide who is in charge in both Gaza & the West Bank…it doesn’t matter if the rest of the world doesn’t agree with their choices…you are civil & respectful….it’s called adulting 101…not that hard of a concept to grasp.

Well it’s nice to finally see a letter from about 2,000 people associated with higher education in North America, finally condemning what has been happening for the past six months…especially the destruction of Gaza’s educational infrastructure.

Okay…let’s review things shall we children…when you terrorize, brutalize, and murder a population for decades (and get away with it for the most part)—there is going to be armed resistance popping up…even if you somehow manage to ‘dismantle’ Hamas…you haven’t gotten rid of the cause—look in the mirror for that. Can countries start sanctioning them please…turn them into a damn pariah state at any time.

‘Multiple arenas’…can various countries start serious sanctions against the occupiers…like yesterday? Because if they’re not reined in soon (like yesterday)…this is going to blow into a huge regional (and then potentially global) conflict. They want it to blow-up into a huge conflict…and since no one else really does—it’s time for various global leaders to find their backbones & start serious sanctions.

Yesterday (April 12) saw the occupying military & police storm the al-Aqsa mosque after prayers & ‘arrest’ (aka kidnap) numerous individuals.

Everyone is wanting to have Iran ‘chill’ out…but maybe people should think of having the ‘occupiers’ chill out? Also—maybe act like an ‘adult’ and open the communications channel with the country (Iran) yourself, instead of ‘demanding’ other countries talk to them?

With help from the occupying military & police…squatters are grabbing more land in the West Bank.

More youths within the West Bank are starting to take up arms against the occupying military, police & squatters.

Tensions are still high in the West Bank…after squatters stormed villages (with the protection of the occupying military) burning cars & setting homes on fire…While it’s ‘understandable’ to be concerned when a teen goes ‘missing’—setting cars and other things on fire trying to find them…nope—that isn’t cool. 

Of course…another mosque within Gaza has been destroyed…you guys do realize that targeting places of worship are no-no’s and also a ‘sign’ you are engaging in genocide—right, you do realize this?

I totally agree with the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, “two genocides do not make one right”. He was also suppose to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference in Berlin that was shut down (before it could start) by German police.

Thoughts/views that I feel need to be on ‘repeat’:

For there to be peace—Israel has to be held ACCOUNTABLE for everything they’ve done over the past 75+ years. Their backers should also be held responsible as well. Dismantle the signs of apartheid, return the land to the Palestinians, have one set of rules/laws/regulations for EVERYONE. Again, non-Palestinians don’t have to leave…those that fear persecution usually were the ones that participated in persecuting others. If Israel is allowed to continue to bully/threaten their neighbors—there will ALWAYS be armed resistance somewhere.

The US is struggling to hold on to their image of ‘global superpower’…so they’re willing to prop up a rabid, bloodthirsty, & dying colonial project. People are ‘waking up’ and realizing where their tax dollars are going…and we’re not happy about it..

Science lesson—when the world totally collapses (when everything is polluted)—you do realize, you won’t survive either…right? There is NO planet B, NO moon OR Mars colonies to save you…just good ole planet Earth & the 8+ billion of us that would really like to live in peace with each other (as a DIVERSE GLOBAL COMMUNITY)…

Therefore—Let’s  leave what is left of the exploitable non-renewable resources in the damn ground. Let’s reinvest in biofuel & renewable energy research & tech. Let’s reinvest in education, the sciences, the arts & humanities, infrastructure & our damn communities. So could everyone else—PLEASE find your empathy & compassion (not to mention dust off your common sense & critical thinking skills), & join the rest of us in trying to save society? 

Okay…again folks…two deaths won’t bring back the first life lost…killing and injuring over 118,000 won’t bring back those lost on Oct 7th—and it sure as hell isn’t making the world safer. Also…the land doesn’t belong to you…the land actually doesn’t belong to anyone…we belong to the earth.

What will make the world safer…people ‘waking’ up, realizing & embracing the fact that we’re suppose to be a diverse global community. We’re suppose to be different from each other and learn from each other. This level of hate & greed that is festering in West Asia is heartbreaking and almost mind numbing to witness…but we have to bear witness…and we have to work at trying to break hold of those ‘emotions and traits’.

Sanctions…cutting political, economic, & military ties…with the occupiers—that is what is needed now. As I’ve said (so many damn times) if they aren’t reigned in soon—this is going to become a regional (and then potentially a global) conflict. They want it to explode into a regional conflict—because that is how a certain person will be able to stay in power. 

(Again)–What happened on Oct 7 was horrid & atrocious…but also didn’t happen in a vacuum. It was a ‘response’ to over 75 years of death, destruction, and terrorization of a group of people by another. Oct 7 was when it boiled over…

Again—two wrongs don’t make a right…killing thousands of people (mostly children) won’t make things right…and it sure as hell won’t improve your global image. Your pathetic attempts at gaslighting aren’t working that much either…no matter what ‘successes’ you claim. Also—these six months of death & destruction aren’t making anyone safe (or safer).. It’s time to break this karmic loop of death & destruction due to hate & greed…because if we don’t break it soon—someone is going to hit a red button, and then it becomes an nuclear war…one that most of society may not survive. Who is really willing to fight someone else’s war of hate & greed? Who is really willing to have their children (or grandchildren) fight it?

It’s time that a good chunk of society (including myself) works at #decolonizing our minds. It’s time to learn the real history of places & people. Time to dismantle various other aspects of the patriarchy, then work at earning our seat at the global table. Because if we don’t….greed & hate are going to destroy society & the world.