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Channel 4: Dispatches – Children of Gaza – 2010 (Video)

On Monday 15th March Channel 4 aired an episode of Dispatches entitled "The Children of Gaza". It focused on the lives of a few of the children living in that small strip of Palestinian land whose lives were devastated when, 15 months ago, Israel launched its military attack on their homes, killing many of their parents and relatives, and shattering their already fragile existences. It showed how they have bravely tried to deal with their losses and bereavements and have tried to move on with their lives, and simultaneously how Israel has ensured that this is well near impossible as a result of the children’s literal incarceration in Gaza due to Israel’s illegal and ongoing siege. The documentary focused on how they have been struggling to deal with the fallout of their physical injuries as well as their psychological scars which, in all probability, they will never fully recover from. For once, this documentary was an opportunity for the children of Gaza themselves to speak out and to tell their own stories instead of it being told on their behalf by propagandists with a vested interest in how these children are portrayed.

 

Jezza Neumann's original 2010 Dispatches film following the lives of three Palestinian children over a year.

On 27 December 2008, just weeks before President Obama took office, the Israeli Defence Force unleashed Operation Cast Lead, a 22-day campaign to destroy the ability of Hamas to launch rockets and mortars into Israel.

Over 1,300 Palestinians were killed, around 300 of them children. After the ceasefire, Neumann arrived in Gaza to follow the lives of three children.

Surrounded by the remnants of the demolished Gaza Strip and increasingly isolated by the blockade that prevents anyone from rebuilding their homes and their lives, Children of Gaza is a shocking, touching and uniquely intimate reflection on extraordinary courage in the face of great adversity.

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