PAST: Censored: A Child’s View from Gaza 1-7-12

A Child’s View from Gaza:  Children’s Drawings Post-Operation Cast Lead
Saturday January 7, 2012
Park Slope Food Coop

From December 2008 to January 2009, Israel waged a military assault known as “Operation Cast Lead” on Gaza, which left 1400 Palestinians dead and thousands more injured.  To mark the three-year anniversary, we present Gaza children’s drawings in response to this trauma which have been censored, as well as excerpts from an upcoming documentary shot in the aftermath of the Gaza massacre.  Join us for presentations and discussion.

Susan Johnson is an activist and the curator of “A Child’s View from Gaza,” drawings by children from Gaza after the 2009 assault on Gaza, which left many in need of psychosocial support to cope with their trauma.  This body of art was censored by the Oakland Children’s Museum board of directors after it was initially booked for exhibit at their museum.

Philip Weiss is the founder and co-editor of which was founded in 2006 and which reports on Israel/Palestine & the Middle East from a progressive Jewish perspective.    He is the author of a few books including one he co-edited in 2011 entitled The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict with Adam Horowitz, Lizzy Ratner, & Naomi Klein, et al.   Weiss has also written for the New York Observer, The Nation, The American Conservative, National Review, Washington Monthly, New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, and Jewish World Review.  His writings have helped shift the public debate on Israel inside the United States.  Philip lives in the Hudson Valley.

Fida Qishta is a Palestinian filmmaker who will present sections of her documentary “Where Should the Birds Fly?” which shows the impact of Israel’s military assault Operation Cast Lead as it was waged on Gaza inhabitants. One of her film’s subjects is a 10-year-old girl whose immediate family was killed during Israel’s assault on civilians.

Betty Eigen has worked with children and adults doing art/play therapy and psychotherapy for the last 30 years, both in her own private practice and in outpatient clinic settings. She runs a private practice as well as working at the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services. Betty previously supervised Art Therapy graduate students at Pratt Institute for many years and is a supervisor at the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training in Infants, Children, and Adolescents.

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