By Sharmini Peries
SHARMINI PERIES It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries coming to you from Baltimore. Despite thousands of cancellations in protest, the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv on May 14th to 16th. It’s been made possible only through a ceasefire, which has been signed between the Israeli government and the Hamas Party in Gaza. As we speak, a delegation from Qatar is now in the Gaza Strip delivering about $30 million of emergency assistance, which will help Palestinians survive a little longer under the siege imposed by the Israeli military. It is noteworthy that Qatar is delivering the aid, although the responsibility for the well-being of the population under military occupation rests on the shoulders of the occupier— in this case, Israel— according to international law.
Joining me now is As’ad Abukhalil, professor of Political Science at California State University in Stanislaus and he’s a regular contributor at his blog site, The Angry Arab News Service. As’ad, so good to have you with us.
AS’AD ABUKHALIL Thank you for inviting me.
SHARMINI PERIES All right. As’ad, let’s start with the big question on the table. Why is Qatar…