Slow Motion Genocide and Environmental Meltdown in Gaza

Massacres and the Wiping Out of Personal Security, Liberty, Health and Dignity

(this panel will include a LIVE videoconference from Gaza with Dr. Mona El-Farra)

Israel’s blockade and siege of Gaza is in its eleventh year, the longest blockade in human history. Since 2009 Israel has committed three wars against a largely defenseless population. In Gaza there is nowhere to run or hide. The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) targeted hospitals and schools. Israel’s wars on Gaza unleashed an environmental meltdown. Civilian infrastructure was systematically destroyed including electricity, water, sewage and sanitation plants. Gazans live in the dark ages, literally, with 3-4 hours of electricity a day. 97% of the water supply is contaminated by sewage and salt. The Center for Constitutional Rights wrote: “Genocide…may be accomplished by wiping out all basis of personal security, liberty, health and dignity. When these means fail the machine gun can always be utilized as a last resort.” Israel checks all the boxes. In 2015 the UN warned Gaza would become “uninhabitable” by 2020. The UN was optimistic. It is already.

DORE STEIN is the long time producer/host of Tangents on KALW (91.7fm, SF), an unusually diverse music program that includes Gaza Corner, which features news and opinion from the Middle East often ignored by the mainstream media. Stein is a member of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Alliance which acts on the ground in Palestine to rebuild villages and prevent illegal demolitions. He also has also written news analysis regarding Turkey and Kurdistan for the on-line news source for independent commentary, Truthout.

DR. MONA EL-FARRA is Director of Gaza Projects, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA). She will join the discussion LIVE from Gaza. Dr. El-Farra is a physician by training and a human rights and women’s rights activist by practice in the occupied Gaza Strip. She was born in Khan Younis, Gaza and has dedicated herself to developing community based programs that aim to improve health quality and link health services with cultural and recreation services all over the Gaza Strip. Dr. El-Farra is also the Health Chair of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip and a member of the Union of Health Work Committees. Dr. El-Farra has a son and two daughters.

ZEIAD ABBAS SHAMROUCH is Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance a nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well-being of children in the Middle East. Zeiad is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank and is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh. Zeiad is also a film maker, journalist and educator who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. He was the co-producer and production manager of Promises, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. He completed his Master of Arts in Social Justice and International Relations from the World Learning School for International Training Graduate Institute.

DONNA BARANSKI-WALKER is Founder and Executive Director of Rebuilding Alliance which is dedicated to advancing equal rights for Palestinians through education, advocacy, and support that assures Palestinian families the right to a home, schooling, economic security, safety, and a promising future. She began her work in the Middle East in 1990 with a New York Times op‐ed, “Small Lights in the Darkness,” which was translated into Arabic and presented to the Iraqi Women’s Federation just before the First Gulf War began. In 2008, Donna was awarded Special Congressional Recognition by Rep. Barbara Lee for legislation she drafted that passed the House unanimously, HRes 3691 In Recognition of Israeli and Palestinian Peace Makers.

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Room 229
Massacres and the Wiping Out of Personal Security, Liberty, Health and Dignity
Dore Stein, Dr. Mona El-Farra, Zeiad Abbas Shamrouch, Donna Baranski-Walker