Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Directly From Gaza

If you find it odd that when Mainstream Media news talk shows feature expert discussion on Palestine, the guests are only Israeli and/or Jewish, with no Arab representation, then you might find this site liberating. If you wonder how Obama is going to bring balance the the Middle East when none of his advisors are Arab, then you are not alone.

Join the actual residents of Palestine at this website and hear their own words.

Virtual Gaza is an independent, civic media initiative established by a collective of scholars, media activists and Palestinian residents of Gaza in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip in December 2008-January 2009.
For years, Israel has been gradually tightening its strangehold on the 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, sealing its borders and cutting off adequate food, fuel, and medical supplies, bringing the economy and infrastructure to the point of collapse.
Israel has also sought to control how Gaza's story is told to the outside -- from its sophisticated 'public relations' campaigns to blocking the entry of foreign journalists.
Virtual Gaza is a space where ordinary Palestinians under siege can describe their experiences in their own words, and where the destruction of the Gaza strip can be documented by those experiencing it directly. The diary entries, photographs, and video material gathered here have been contributed by residents of Gaza. For safety reasons, authors are located in neighborhoods, but their precise location has been randomized.

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- Terry Allen -

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