Palestine Solidarity Network-U of A, with the support of APIRG, the University of Alberta Amnesty International Club, Humanserve International and the Muslim Students Association presents the Edmonton stop of the Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR) cross-Canada tour:
“Eyes in Gaza” with Dr. Mads Gilbert
Wednesday, January 27
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) 1-007, University of Alberta Campus
Dr. Mads Gilbert, internationally acclaimed doctor, head of the department of emergency at the University of North Norway, Professor, and local politician embarks on a journey to describe his experiences last winter, during “Operation Cast Lead.” During the Israeli Offensive against the people of Gaza, Dr. Mads Gilbert and Dr. Erik Fosse were the only two foreign doctors allowed into the region, spending days and nights at the busy and over-crowded Al-Shifaa Hospital in a region forbidden to the rest of the world. With a complete blockade on Gaza, including medical aid and media, Dr. Mads Gilbert became a common face, keeping the world informed of the atrocities taking place in the virtual prison known as Gaza. As such, he was seen on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and more.
Dr. Mads Gilbert described his experience in Gaza as the most horrific, terrible thing he has ever witnessed. A long time activist and solidarity worker for the rights of Palestinians, he co-authored the book Eyes in Gaza with Dr. Erik Fosse on the realities of this offensive. And now, Dr. Gilbert has kindly taken the time to embark on an SPHR North American tour on 14 different campuses to continue sharing his experiences and the stories of Palestinians silenced. This tour is taking place approximately one year after 1300 Palestinians perished, with thousands more injured, and the stories and experience that Dr. Gilbert will share is like no other. As a leading medical expert and moving speaker, Dr. Mads Gilbert will share with us stories and experiences we are likely to never forget.
“The boy with the destroyed brain did not need anesthetic; he could no longer feel anything. The other lay in an artificial coma with intravenous anesthetic agents to soften the pain and allow the ventilator to work without resistance from the boy’s own breathing. A large bandage covered both his eyes. He could not see anyway. He was already blind.
Where could I cry out the despair and rage I felt for all this terrible fate we saw at such close quarters? Would the heavens hear? Will the world hear? They know that this is happening, after all. The numbers tick into the West every single afternoon, to the news agencies, to the intelligence services and to the diplomatic missions of the world’s most powerful nations, who do not even make an attempt to pull in the reins and control the wildness of the Israeli war machine.”
[This is a sneak excerpt from Dr. Mads Gilbert & Dr. Erik Fosse’ new book, Eyes in Gaza soon to be published in English.]
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