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Water War: Israel's Slow Genocide Against Gaza

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This edition of Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel features a comprehensive documentary on the worsening water crisis in the Gaza Strip, where 96% of the water is not drinkable because of Israel’s occupation and brutal siege, and its wars on the territory. The humanitarian and ecological consequences of this crisis are profound, and the product of crimes against humanity by Israel’s government. Watching the film in question, Israel Unpunished: War for Water, it struck us that the totality of Israeli water policies toward Gaza may amount to a slow form of genocide. The film was produced by Press TV. 

The program closes with a cogent and engaging presentation by Phyllis Bennis, activist, writer, and researcher with the Institute for Policy Studies, which she gave at The Palestine Center this February. Ms. Bennis discusses and contextualizes the violent attacks by lone Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians, including settlers, over the last six months. These attacks have resulted in the deaths of 30 Israelis; 180 Palestinians have been shot dead in the same period by Israeli occupation forces. Bennis helps us to understand why these kinds of attacks are happening now, and their genesis in 48 years of a violent military occupation, an illegal colonization project, and a duplicitous peace process.   

Finally, there are two brief documentaries on the occupation produced by the Never Before Campaign and the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence.  The latter features testimony by former Israeli soldiers.

Host and Producer—Mark Hage
Co-Producer and Technical Director—Danny Weiss

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

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Monday, March 14, 2016

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