Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Omar stands before the rubble of the house he began building on the day his first son was born. Over the next twelve years he painstakingly added brick upon brick, wiring, plumbing, a new room, another floor. A fine house for his growing family, filled with precious mementos, well-kept furniture, wall hangings, children’s toys, all the necessary silver and flatware for daily meals and special dinners. Twelve years to the day of his son’s birth the bulldozers plowed into his home, destroying his family’s shelter, possessions and security. As the camera attempts to record the effect of this devastation, to read his emotions, he raises his hands gently: “What are we supposed to do now?”
Fida Qishta, a young Palestinian filmmaker and journalist from Rafah in Gaza has documented the horrific Israeli invasion and bombardment of Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. Working with her crew of young Gazans, they have kept the cameras rolling for months, recording the struggle of the people of Gaza to retrieve some sense of normalcy from the absolute abnormality of life in the world’s largest prison camp, sealed off on all sides by Israeli and Egyptian walls, barbed wire and military.
For the million and a half Palestinians trapped in Gaza, ducks in a shooting gallery for Israeli tanks, planes and artillery, where is the hope?
This story reveals the resilience of the human spirit, as the farmers, fishermen, merchants, school children, teachers and medical workers find ways to snatch a semblance of normality from this insanity. But what happens when the abnormal becomes normal? What happens when children grow up among the rubble of their homes and cities, when they face the future as orphans colored by the memory of their parents violent deaths?
The camera records young men engaging in a new, extremely dangerous sport of building (and rubble( jumping, perhaps drawn from the latest James Bond film. A rap music group is formed and quickly becomes popular. Ways to contain, express anger and frustration?
“Perhaps talking to the camera kindles hope. Maybe someone will hear. Maybe Americans will listen to our stories, know who we are. Maybe they can help us understand why this is happening and what we can do now.”
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The siege even impedes the supply of water, the most basic need for human survival.
Now - 80 per cent of Gazans lack access to clean water.
The head of Gaza's water authority says he has plans and the means to import water from other countries until self-dependency is reached, but Israel's blockade is the only thing in the way.
Al Jazeera's Casey Kauffman reports from Gaza.
Monday, February 22, 2010
But in a place where access to treatment can be difficult, one man's mobile massage service is proving popular among the region's men.
Al Jazeera's Casey Kaufmann followed him on his rounds.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Gaza's water supply near collapse
The Gaza Strip's underground water supply is in danger of collapse due to overuse and contamination, exacerbated by Israel's offensive in December.
Billions of dollars could be needed over the next 20 years to restore Gaza's aquifer. Meanwhile, Palestinians have taken the onus of re-developing their water system before matters get any worse.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
He lost 10 commercial chicken farms inthe war and went bankrupt. Abdul Shadi is back at work but along much more modest lines.
Al Jazeera's Casey Kauffman reports from the impverished Gaza strip where he joins Abdul Shadi on his first trip back to the market.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Two senior army officers have been reprimanded for firing artillery towards a heavily populated area.
In the attack, a United Nations compound, where hundreds of civilians were sheltering, was set ablaze by white phosphorus shells.
Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Last week, Israeli authorities have prevented 19 patients from crossing over to Ramallah in the West Bank, which is Palestinian territory, for cornea implants that could save their sight.
Ayman Mohyeldin reports from Gaza on the harmful effects of a blockade that has no end in sight.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Both sides have sophisticated media strategies, and as the message is ever more muddied, distilling the truth becomes yet more difficult.
Al-Jazeera looks at how the War of words between Israel and Hamas is waged.