For those of you that want to protest but are not into demonstrations or want to do more than donate here are a few media and art initiatives that are alternatives you may want to explore. Please note that I am only aggregating these and do not have more information than is posted. Please contact the persons indicated for more information.
Initiative 1: Compass To Palestine
Person: Inas Bseiso
facebook: Inas H Bseiso
As a response to the continuous suffering of the Palestinian people, I am initiating a project titled Compass to Palestine.
Monument, art installation, expression, contribution- these are just some of the words that I can use to describe it.
Please read the brief excerpt below and forward to your contacts.
Waiting for your feedback,
Compass To Palestine
We honor our dead
Our dead are not numbers, they had stories.
Put a face to every number
Tell a story for every number
All photos and stories will be mounted on a compass
The arrow of the compass leads to Palestine
This compass will be designed and sculpted by volunteering artists and designers
The compass will be built on a piece of land in Jordan
The compass will be a living commemoration of the heroic sacrifices of the people of GAZA on the path to Palestine
The compass will be a living commemoration of the hope of freedom for people under occupation
Preserve the dignified memory of our dead
Your help is needed
Send pictures and stories to email@example.com or Inas H Bseiso on Facebook
Initiative 2: Media Initiative for GAZA
Person: Huda Shashaa
A group of 4 Jordanian women have come together in response to the appalling attacks of Israel against Gaza, to give voice to the victims of this war and speak of the atrocities so hesitantly covered by western media channels. To date, the world remains silent as both Western and Arab leaders complacently watch another Israeli attack against the starving and imprisoned population of 1.5 million Gazans.
The objective of this weekly discussion will be to reflect on the week’s atrocities against Gazans and work to debunk many of the lies and rhetoric used to justify Israel’s aggression and subsequently deflect attention from the real issues at hand.
Each discussion will be 10-15 minutes, once a week, and will be structured to reach the largest number of people in the western world.
We have had enough and we will no longer be silenced.
What it takes:
- 5 dedicated women willing to discuss the topic in an educated manner. These women must be well-read and capable of expressing themselves in English in a captivating and passionate way.
- Researchers to compile numbers of casualties, news and relevant articles.
- Producer to develop the program for each episode (the flow)
- Guest speakers
- Dedicated camera crew
Initiative 3: Video Messages
Person: Salwa Shakhshir
Due to the ongoing Israeli aggression on Palestinian in Gaza, a group of activists in Jordan have come up with an idea to produce video testimonials or messages of people’s opinions on what’s happening in Gaza.
Instead of writing our opinions, we want to give faces and names to our voices, and break the stereotype of Arabs by showing people of all ages and classes speak their mind eloquently and directly to the camera.
Our target audience is the Western public. This can be achieved through sending these video messages to the western and international political and media figures such as President-elect Barak Obama‘s, the British PM , the French President, the head of the EU, the chairperson of the CNN and BBC and uploading these messages on their websites. We’re also aiming to upload these testimonials on websites such as U-Tube, TV channels.
Our goal is to saturate this medium with enough messages to create an audio-visual database of our voices.
Each testimonial should not exceed 1 minute, with the content being every person’s name and nationality (city), their opinions in regards to what’s going on in Gaza, to demand a solution, or their interference to stop the Israeli aggression and/or the Israeli occupation.
Of course every person is entitled to his/her opinion, but I urge you to take a look at the articles below and get an idea of the language used in order for us to speak the language that the West understands, and therefore create more powerful messages.
Since the duration of the testimonials is short please pick one thought and express it well.
If you are interested please get in touch with Salwa to facilitate your participation.
There are many more ways in which you can contribute. I will be more than happy to post these various initiatives if you send them my way. The killing must stop. People have to know we can not remain silent.