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Oscar-nominated animator makes film on sealed Gaza

Posted in The Blockade, The Gaza Strip, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 7, 2009

Yoni Goodman, director of animation for the Academy Award-nominated film, “Waltz with Bashir”, has created a new animated short film on the closure of Gaza together with the human rights group, Gisha. It’s 1:34 minutes long.

Hear Yoni Goodman talk about the process of making his new animated film on the closure of Gaza together with the human rights group, Gisha.

About Closed Zone

Despite declarations that it has “disengaged” from the Gaza Strip, Israel maintains control of the Strip’s overland border crossings, territorial waters, and air space. This includes substantial, albeit indirect, control of the Rafah Crossing.

During the past 18 months, Israel tightened its closure of Gaza, almost completely restricting the passage of goods and people both to and from the Strip.

These policies punish innocent civilians with the goal of exerting pressure on the Hamas government, violating the rights of 1.5 million people who seek only to live ordinary lives – to be reunited with family, to pursue higher education, to receive quality medical treatment, and to earn a living.

The effects of the closure were particularly harsh during the military operation of Dec. 2008 – Jan. 2009. For three weeks, Gaza residents had nowhere to flee to escape the bombing.

Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement calls on the State of Israel to fully open Gaza’s crossings and to allow the real victims of the closure – 1.5 million human beings – the freedom of movement necessary to realize their dreams and aspirations.

Source: http://sphr.org/v3/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=376:oscar-nominated-animator-makes-film-on-sealed-gaza&catid=23:featured-stories&Itemid=110

Israel may have deliberately attacked sewage infrastructure

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

During the Israeli attack in January, there was a breach in one of the earthen embankment walls of a sewage containment lagoon in Gaza due to some form of Israeli military activity resulting in a large sewage flood.

Although the incident was only reported recently, it was evident from a United Nations analysis of QuickBird satellite images taken from space on 16 January, and confirmed by photos taken by a UN Environmental Program team on the ground in Gaza on 30 January, was an outflow from a sewage lagoon in Sheikh Ejleen, next to the main wastewater treatment plant in Gaza City.

To see a map outlining the damage caused by the sewage treatment plant click here.

For full article, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10433.shtml