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The Palestine Podcast #9: Dr. Yaser Alashqar – ‘Eyewitness to destruction and resistance in Gaza after the 2014 Israeli attack’

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mp3PP#9 – Dr. Yaser Alashqar – Eyewitness to destruction and resistance in Gaza after the 2014 Israeli attack [2014-10-29] – (Download here)


Dr. Yaser Alashqar, a Palestianian academic living in Ireland, gave an insightful, important and at times infuriating, eyewitness account of the destruction, and resistance, he observed when he travelled back to his native Gaza just days after Israel’s 2014 summer slaughter that killed over 2,100 Palestinians ended. The meeting will took place on Wednesday 29th October in Wynn’s Hotel in Dublin, and was chaired by Martin O’Quigley, chairperson of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Palestinian academic Dr. Yaser Alashqar went home to Gaza as soon as the Israeli slaughter there ended, and collected eyewitness reports from people on the ground, as well as himself bearing witness to the devastation wrought upon the population of 1.8 million people. In this meeting he presented images and testimony to the brutality of the onslaught, and discussed many issues from the politics of reconstruction and the seemingly treacherous role of the UN, to internal Palestinian divisions, to the new phenomenon of Palestinian families and individuals migrating from Gaza in large numbers.

Dr. Alashqar will also spoke about ways in which Palestinians are continuing to resist Israeli occupation, apartheid and colonisation, and how international civil society can help achieve justice and lasting peace in the region.

The recent Israeli attack, called Operation Protective Edge, killed over 2,000 Palestinians and injured thousands more. According to the latest UN report, of those killed, 69% were civilians including 495 children and 253 women. It is estimated that €8b will be needed to rebuild the infrastructure in Gaza following the six weeks or relentless bombing and shelling by Israeli occupation forces. This includes the many schools, hospitals and water and power plants that were destroyed or severely damaged.

About the speaker:

Yaser Alashqar is a Palestinian academic from Gaza residing in Ireland. His expertise includes conflict issues, human rights, Gaza and Israeli-Palestinian politics. He has taught courses in these areas at the Marino Institute of Education and Trinity College Dublin, and has also worked with various NGOs in Ireland and Britain.

The meeting was organsied by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast reflect the opinions of the speaker(s) only and do not reflect the views of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign unless otherwise explicitly stated.


Dr. Yaser Alashqar and Martin O’Quigley, IPSC Chairperson in Wynn’s Hotel. Credit: Fatin Al Tamimi

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