VOMENA: December 2, 2015

Mads Gilbert on His New Book “Night in Gaza”

A question that rarely comes up in Western media: What are the public health effects of the Israeli occupation in Gaza?

gilbertDr. Mads Gilbert is a medical doctor at the University Hospital of North Norway. Since 1981, he has been going regularly to Palestine as a teacher and emergency care doctor at Gaza’s Al Shifa Hospital. He has worked in Gaza during successive waves of Israeli attacks on the densely populated area. His new book, “Night in Gaza,” contains photographs documenting the horror of last summer’s Israel’s 51 day military assault on Gaza. A trauma expert, he describes how his experiences working under weeks of Israeli bombardment ‘totally changed’ him. This week, we speak with him about “Night in Gaza” and the experience that prompted him to write the book.

Home Yet Far Away: Searching for the Feminine Iran

hyfaAcclaimed Iranian documentary filmmaker and editor Sabereh Kashi turns the lens on herself in her upcoming film “Home Yet Far Away: Searching for the Feminine Iran.” The film follows her over several years on trips between Iran and the United States as she attempts to heal personal wounds and bridge the two cultures. The purpose of making this film, in her words , is “to deepen the American understanding of Iran, and to counter the politicized and one-sided image of Iran in the mainstream media with authentic footage that shows the layers of Iranian society.”

Olive Harvest in Palestine

If the Olive Trees knew the hands that planted them, Their Oil would become Tears.

Mahmoud Darwish

olivetreeinitiativeIn every pantry sits a bottle of olive oil. In the United States alone over 300,000 metric tons of olive oil were consumed last year. While the olive tree and its oil is prized for its its beauty, taste, and health benefits, in Palestine it is cherished for its resilience, symbolic significance and economic importance.  Olive groves have become yet another site of contention in the Israeli Palestinian conflict. In a segment produced by UC Berkeley students Bita Mousavi and Cierra Remiche to mark the return of Berkeley-based Middle East Children’s Alliance’s annual Palestinian Crafts Bazaar, which coincides with the Palestinian olive harvest, we will discuss the history of this struggle as it has played out through the uprooting of and attacks on Palestinian olive trees.

Additional Information

Review of “Night in Gaza” by Middle East Eye

“Home Yet Far Away” Beacon fundraising page

Middle East Children’s Alliance’s Annual Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar


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