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Operation Cast Lead: 2 Years Later

Posted by rabbibrian on December 9, 2010

Rabbi Brant Rosen and I have just organized the next monthly conference call for Taanit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza.  It will take place 11 days before the 2nd anniversary of Operation Cast Lead.  I have posted information about the call below.  I have learned so much from these monthly calls and often feel so relieved and inspired to be in the presence (at least by phone) of courageous individuals who have spent time in Gaza.   I encourage you to make every effort to join us.

Last month’s call with Congressman Brian Baird was just extraordinary.   With the news this week of the utter collapse of the President Obama’s ineffective effort to move the “peace process” forward, the candor and honesty of Congressman Baird about what impedes American politicians in regard to peace in Israel/Palestine, are even more important.  You can listen to the audio of the call and/or read tue transcript here.

I hope you can join the call on Thursday next week and that you make the time to listen to the call with Congressman Baird.  I would be happy  to read your comments about either call.

Here is the information about the call next week.

Taanit TzedekJewish Fast for Gaza

invites you to join a phone conversation on

Operation Cast Lead: Two Years Later

with

Jared Malsin

Young American Journalist reporting from Gaza, who was deported by Israel this year.

Thursday, December 16 at 12 noon EDT

To participate in the call:

Dial the Access Number: 1.800.920.7487

When prompted, enter your Participant Code: 92247763#

There will be a question and answer period during the call.

This conference call is scheduled on the monthly fast day of Taanit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza.  For more information and to join our fast, visit www.fastforgaza.net

Additional Information about Jared Malsin

A 2007 graduate of Yale University, Jared Malsin is a young, independent American journalist who has reported directly from Gaza since October.  Prior to living in Gaza, Malsin, who is Jewish, spent two and a half years in Bethlehem working for Maan, a Palestinian news agency.

In January 2010, while returning from a vacation in Prague, the Israeli government detained him at the Tel Aviv airport after questioning him about his allegedly “anti-Israeli” political views, Palestinian contacts, and news articles authored “inside the territories” He spent a week in jail before he was deported to the US.   His deportation was condemned by the head of the International Federation of Journalists as “an intolerable violation of press freedom.”

As an independent journalist Malsin has also contributed to The Electronic Intifada, Open Democracy, The Huffington Post, Mondowiess, The New Haven Register, and other publications. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera and as a speaker on college campuses.

He has written extensively about Gaza.  You can read his articles here.

“… As a journalist your natural inclination is to give voice to people who don’t have a voice. There’s nothing like being on the ground and seeing what’s happening with your own eyes. You can read about the settlements and the wall. It’s another thing to be in Bethlehem, the city I lived in for two and a half years, and see how the wall cuts across the main road to Jerusalem and wraps around the gas station and then cuts between two house and through an olive field and has just completely mangled the city. Something about being there, and seeing it with your own eyes — there’s truth to it that you can’t argue with. The challenge is to get that across in reporting, in writing, in photography or whatever medium you’re working in.”

Jared Malsin in interview with Christopher Lyden.  Click here for complete interview.

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