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A group from New Orleans traveled to the Gaza Strip in June 2009 to document, witness and talk with people affected by Israel's massive attack in December 2008 and January 2009 on this 140 sq mile section of land bordering Egypt and Israel/Palestine.

Includes recordings of several speakers who went to Gaza, along with the delegation's answers to audience questions.

Biographical sketches of New Orleans Human Rights Delegation to Gaza Members who spoke at the event.

Abdul Aziz is a social justice activist, photographer, and filmmaker. He has worked with the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) organizing among, and advocating for, youth in the criminal justice and juvenile incarceration systems. He is also a founding member of the photography collective Monde Noir.

Jewel Bush is a journalist/writer who has received numerous accolades for her work, including distinctions from The New York Times Regional Media Group, Louisiana Press Association, and American Association of Sunday and Features Editors. The New Orleans native has freelanced for The Times-Picayune, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and El Tiempo, a bilingual Spanish newspaper. Jewel currently works in public relations and marketing, having developed successful media/marketing campaigns for nonprofit organizations like the American Cancer Society, institutions like the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in addition to annual events such as Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

Lily Keber is a documentary filmmaker and teacher living in New Orleans. Her film T. Don Hutto: America’s Family Prison brought the plight of family detention to national attention and continues to be used as an activism tool across the country. She currently is media trainer for New Orleans Video Voices, a grassroots media organization devoted to fostering critical, independent thinking through the direct and meaningful use of new media. Lily is also the organizer for the New Orleans Documentary Night (NODOC), a monthly public screening of current non-fiction film.

Taslima van Hattum is a social worker and public health professional for the University of California San Francisco’s Institute of Aging. She works on late-life recovery and life reorganization post-disaster research in New Orleans. In addition she is a photographer and an active organizer with New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS).

Emily Ratner is a Jewish American who is the co-director of Patois: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and an active organizer with New Orleans Palestine Solidarity (NOLAPS). She is one of many Jews in the New Orleans area who is interested in starting a conversation among American Jews about their continued support for the Israeli government, and is going to Gaza in part to bring back photographs, footage, and experiential knowledge to share with the Jewish community here as we prepare to take a strong stand on our communities’ direct support for the Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Jordan Flaherty was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case, and played an important role in bringing the story to worldwide attention. His post-Katrina writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New American Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press, and viewers around the world have seen the TV news segments he’s produced for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, and Democracy Now.

Map of the Gaza Seige 2008/09 courtesy of Solidarity Maps blog

See Related Stories:
Starting Over in Gaza - Report from a New Orleanian in Gaza
New Orleanians in a delegation during the siege
Local Protests Continue in January
Protesting the Attacks on Gaza via New Orleans


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