End the Siege of Gaza

We are pleased and honored that the Center for Study of Political Graphics chose to highlight a poster created by MECA Art Director Jos Sances this week along with important information about the situation in Gaza. See their full statement below:

David and Goliath, Jos Sances, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Silkscreen, 2000, Berkeley, CA

The Gaza strip is the largest open air prison in the world. Its Palestinian population, many of whom are refugees expelled from their homes during the creation of Israel, has been controlled by Israel since 1948. Israel has carried out three major military assaults (in 2008-09, 2012 and 2014) against Gaza, unleashing the force of the region’s most powerful army–and sole nuclear power–on one of the most densely populated and poorly defended refugee areas in the world. In the 2014 attack 2,251 Palestinians were killed, among them 1,462 civilians and 551 children.

Ten years ago, Israel imposed a blockade, severely restricting the movement of people and goods. Israel and the US want to pressure the Palestinian Hamas movement and its military organization into submission, despite Hamas coming to power through democratic elections in 2006 that were deemed fair and transparent by international observers, including former US President Jimmy Carter.

Everything from food, medicine, and building materials are in extremely short supply. Electricity is rationed to just a few hours a day. The Nation Magazine reported that in 2017, 72% of the population faced food insecurity and there was 41% unemployment. It is worse now. In January this year, seven hospitals in Gaza were forced to suspend services because of the power shortage. With severely limited electricity, food rots, medicine deteriorates, and hospitals can’t operate. Palestinians continue to suffer psychological trauma.

On March 30, 2018, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Gaza border to commemorate Land Day. During a week of protests, Israeli military snipers killed at least 30 unarmed Palestinian civilians and wounded more than 1000 others. One of the dead was Yaser Murtaja, a well-known journalist, who had “Press” written large across his flak vest. Five other journalists, also wearing “Press” flak vests, were also shot. To deflect mounting criticism about the targeting of journalists, Avigdor Lieberman,Israel’s defense minister, alleged that Murtaja had been a high-ranking member of Hamas–an accusation refuted by the US State Department.

Jos Sances’ powerful poster is 18 years old, and the Israeli Goliath continues the assault on the people of Gaza. To highlight the complicity of US media organizations in supporting the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, a defiant Palestinian child throws rocks at an Israeli tank emblazoned with the logos of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC.

End the Occupation!

Sources:

Killed Palestinian Journalist Had Passed U.S. Screening For Grant Funds, Daniel Estrin, Parallels, NPR, 4/11/18

How Israel’s 10-Year Blockade Brought Gaza to the Brink of Collapse: The crisis in Gaza is not simply a humanitarian tragedy. It’s a moral outrage. Tareq Baconi, The Nation, 7/7/17

Palestinian Journalist Fatally Shot While Covering Gaza Protest, Daniel Estrin, Parallels, NPR, 4/7/18

Gaza on 4 Hours of Power a Day After Sole Electric Firm Shuts Down, Jack Khoury, Haaretz, 2/22/18