|Phosphorus Bombs over Gaza City, January 2009|
This post offers a fifth anniversary commemoration of that tragic and highly destructive event. It offers a substantive audio presentation recounting the pivotal events in the history of Israel/Palestine from 1947 to the present through the reflections of a number of informed and articulate commentators. This post also includes a modified version of an essay published in December 2010 as a two-year commemoration of the assault and the events leading up to it.
Slouching Towards Gaza can be streamed using the media player above. A broadcast quality mp3 file (192 kbps) is available for download here. CD quality (128 kbps) and LoFi audio are also available for download here.
Chris Hedges (New York Society for Ethical Culture, January 2009)
Richard Falk (Middle East Monitor Conference, London, Dec. 2010)
Sara Roy (University of Sydney, Ideas, October 2008)
Tanya Reinhart (University of Sydney, Ideas, October 2006)
Mustafa Barghouti (TUC Radio, March 2004)
Edward Said (U. of California, Berkeley, March 2003)
David Ben-Gurion (June 1947, Talking History Archive, Dec. 2004)
Ilan Pappe (University of Bern, Switzerland, November 2012)
Robert Fisk (Interview with Cindy Sheehan, September 2010)
Eyal Weizman (KPFA, Against the Grain, April 2009)
Mads Gilbert (Unusual Sources, January 2010; Muslim Perspectives, January 2010; Sounds of Dissent, Nov. 2012)
Suheir Hammad. Gaza Suite. 1: Gaza
Vincent Di Stefano. Careful Now (Excerpt). Music composed and performed by Nico Di Stefano
Gilad Atzmon and Orient House Ensemble. Dal'Ouna on the Return
Rim Banna. The Wall
Yggdrasil. Al Dabaran
The Ida Raichel Project. Azini (Comfort me)
Digital Samsara. C#
Jocelyn Pook. Migrations
Steve Kahn and Rob Mounsey. I See a Long Journey
The Herd. Kids Learn Quick
Digital Samsara. 7am
Outlandish and Sami Jusuf. Try not to Cry
Vincent Di Stefano
With thanks to Maria Gilardin of TUC Radio for generously making available audio of Mustafa Barghouti and Edward Said lectures
AND WHAT ROUGH BEAST SLOUCHES TOWARDS GAZA?
Operation Cast Lead and the Dismembering of a People
|Phosphorus bombs at UN Complex, Gaza City, January 2009|
The Soured Election
|Queues at Border Crossing|
Tightening the Stranglehold
The Deadly Visitations
|Israeli air-strike in Gaza City|
But who now remembers Gaza?
There is a peculiar cynicism hidden in the events leading up to Operation Cast Lead. Ariel Sharon callously oversaw the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. Two decades later, the haughty George Bush Junior lauded him as a “man of peace”. A year after that ludicrous statement was made, Sharon’s apparent prince-hood was confirmed in the minds of many by his order to dismantle all Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and to evacuate the 7,000 Israeli “settlers” who had illegally claimed lands in Gaza under the protective mantle of well-armed Israeli Defence Force guards.
|Israeli fighter jets|
|DIME weapon leg injuries|
|Suspected white phosphorus burns, Gaza 2009|
The Continuing Impasse
|Gaza City, January 2009|
|Missile Attack on Gaza Police Cadet Graduation Ceremony|
Vincent Di Stefano D.O., M.H.Sc.
[Originally published December 2010.
Modified December 2013]