By Jordan Flaherty and Lily Keber
In the midst of a devastating military bombardment and continuing economic blockade, the people of Gaza are still demanding freedom. Palestinians complain that media attention has focused disproportionately on Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas in 2006, while US media and politicians rarely speak out about the more than 11,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, almost half of them without charges.
The prisoners come from all walks of life, from children and the elderly to members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the democratically elected government.
Prisoners of Gaza features family members of prisoners, government representatives, and street protests, all of it shot from May-June in Gaza.
Producers: Jordan Flaherty and Lily Keber
Translation: Maher Salem and Shereen Naser
Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He 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 America Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press. 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.
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Labels: Israeli crimes against Palestinians, Palestinian Prisoners