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.
This hopeful, sometimes joyous film shows young Palestinians in Israel, Gaza, and West Bank using music to express their pain at living separated and occupied. They succeed in communicating not only with one another but, though this film, with the world. Director: Jackie Salloum
Donations, to benefit Palestine Children's Relieef Fund, appreciated -- no one turned away. Wheelchair accessible. Co-sponsored by BFUU social Justice Committee, St. Joseph Worker Social Justice Committee, UCB Students for Justice in Palestine, KPFA Flashpoints, MECA, and AFSC.
64 year-old former journalist Sharen Green speaks about her experience as a human rights monitor in Palestine last summer as part of a World Council of Churches program. Green tells the story of life in Jayyous, a once wealthy Palestinian village which has been reduced to poverty by a military occupation that gets more draconian by the day.
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.
"We oppose the use of violence to resolve human conflicts. We grieve for each precious life lost or shattered. We mourn especially the civilians - Israeli and Palestinian - who have been killed and we condemn without reservation the acts of violence that have struck them down in the course of their daily lives." - From When the Rain Returns: Towards Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel
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