Event: What Comes Next for Gaza?

What Comes Next for Gaza?
Film screening and panel discussion
Wednesday, November 28 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
Corner of 87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus
(Click here for map)

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After eight days of relentless bombardment of Gaza from land, air, and sea by Israeli forces which left at least 162 Gazans dead and more than 1000 injured, a ceasefire has been reached.

But while the latest Israeli assault may be over — at least for now — the 1.6 million Palestinians living in Gaza still face the reality of the crippling Israeli-imposed blockade that has since 2006 all but sealed Gaza off from the rest of the world and turned the tiny territory into an open air prison. Gaza’s infrastructure, which has still not recovered from the 2008-09 assault due to Israeli prohibitions on necessary imports, will remain in crisis. One-third of Gaza’s farmland and 85% of its fishing waters will remain inaccessible, and food insecurity and a lack of safe drinking water will continue to claim Palestinian lives until the Israeli blockade of Gaza is ended. And Gazans will continue to live under the threat of unilateral military action by Israel.

Come learn more about the situation in Gaza, what impact this latest assault has had on the people of Gaza, and what can be done to end the ongoing blockade.

Featuring a film screening of the new Palestinian film “Where Should the Birds Fly?” and a panel discussion on Gaza featuring Dr. Ghada Ageel (Faculty 4 Palestine), Paul Kellogg (Faculty 4 Palestine) and Scott Harris (PSN).

About Where Should the Birds Fly?

In December of 2008 Israel launched a devastating attack on Gaza. A month of bullets, bombs, rockets white phosphorus, tanks and bulldozers left 1400, mostly civilians, dead and this section of Occupied Palestine in rubble. But this is not a story of misery amongst the rubble. It is the compelling and moving story of two remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them. Mona is an 11 yr old girl of remarkable wisdom. Her family died under Israeli rockets. Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a 27 year old journalist. With her crew she has documented the lives of the people of Gaza. This is a Palestinian film, the first made by Palestinians.

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