domingo, 24 de julho de 2016

"Gaza in context"

A short new film on the historical, political and humanitarian situation in Palestine takes aim at the corporate news media’s coverage of Israel’s July-August 2014 assault on Gaza.

Israel killed 2,251 Palestinians during the attacks, including 551 children. Approximately 75,000 people remain displaced two years later.

“Despite overwhelming evidence of the disparity of power between Israel and all Palestinians and the aggressiveness of Israel’s exercise of its power, including excessive and brutal violence and collective punishment in Gaza in the form of occupation, siege, and frequent military assaults against dense and captive civilian populations,” the film’s producers assert, “mainstream media and educational materials continue to frame Israel as the victim.”

Gaza in Context, they add, is an attempt to situate the attacks in 2014 – and attacks of the past and future – within Israel’s broader settler-colonial aspirations in Palestine.

The film explains Israel’s historical treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, but does so “without committing the common error of treating Gaza in isolation from the rest of Palestine,” according to Raja Shehadeh, co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq.

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