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In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack, the international community has become more critical of Israel's blockade of Gaza. Despite assuaging statements from Israeli officials, the siege continues and few supplies and freedoms are granted to the Gazan people. The open-air prison, blockaded by land and sea, is in dire need of materials to rebuild since the month long 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip.
GAZA'S WINTER, produced by Najwa Najjar, comprises 12 short films about Gaza and Operation Cast Lead. GAZA-STROPHE, The Day After, by Samir Abdallah & Kheredine Mabrouk. Films will be followed by discussion panel:Paul Larudee, Nadeen Elshorafa, Jess Ghannam, Michel Shehadeh.
A Statement by Kathleen McQuillen at a Vigil for Gaza held in Des Moines on June, 2, 2010
Let me start by saying that we decry all violence. We mourn all loss of life. Today, however, we are focused on the attack perpetrated by Israel against civilians in a relief convoy in international waters, and on the siege of Gaza which led to this tragedy.
Trillion, directed by Sergio Rico, is a powerful film about a very large number. It will inspire you as well as inform you about the kind of world we live in today. On behalf of the Quaker youth program in Old Chatham, New York, we want you to know, that's all.
Participants in the Quaker Palestine Youth Program work in the park and enjoyed planting trees and getting to know each other.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is aggrieved by the deadly Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which was carried out in international waters during the early hours of Monday morning. The flotilla was attempting to break the Israel-imposed embargo against the people of Gaza by delivering humanitarian relief and construction materials to Gaza’s blockaded port.
By Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator
Susan Johnson is one of only a handful of outside persons allowed inside Gaza in the months following the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war against Gaza. Traveling with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in May of 2009, Susan interviewed and photographed Gazans reeling from Israel’s punishing bombardment.
Over the past few years the Middle East Peace Education Project has presented several public forums about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. However we’ve not had an opportunity to present clearly on the impact of the Israeli war on Gaza (Dec. ’08 – Jan. ’09) because of the very limited access allowed by Israel into Gaza.
Susan Johnson, a Quaker from Philadelphia traveled to Gaza in May ’09 as part of a UN Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA) delegation.
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