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We interviewed Dr. Mads Gilbert live from Gaza City just after the end of Israel’s week-long assault on Gaza, where he describes the humanitarian catastrophe after five years of siege and two devastating military attacks in four years. Gilbert is a medical doctor, and passionate advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people. He is also professor of medicine at the University of North Norway, where he specializes in anesthesiology and emergency medicine.
Gilbert says that 60 percent of Gaza’s 1.7 million people are under 18 years old. Because of the blockade, water and sewage pipes remain unrepaired after the last Israeli assault, causing 90 percent of the water to be undrinkable. Shortages and widespread unemployment mean that children suffer from widespread malnutrition and chronic anemia, causing stunting of growth and limiting brain development. Gilbert describes Gaza as “the world’s largest child prison.”
Dr. Gilbert was one of the only foreign doctors in Gaza during Israel’s last three-week assault in 2008-2009, working at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and co-authored a book of that experience with colleague and fellow witness and physician Erik Fosse, called “Eyes in Gaza.” Last April he was interviewed by the news website Mondoweiss, where he reported that Gaza remained in ruins under the Israeli blockade three years after that assault, and that Israeli air strikes continue to kill civilians. See http://bit.ly/UMUv5V .
More about Mads Gilbert here: http://bit.ly/TM1E6A
Radio interview by John Grebe, first aired live on Sounds of Dissent on WZBC 90.3 FM Boston on November 24, 2012.
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