In the course of Israel's twenty-two day military offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2009, 1,300 mostly civilian, Palestinians were killed, with many thousands more injured. Once again, the Palestinian Community lay in ruins.
Despite the Israeli authorities' attempt to shut out aid workers and the media from the conflict zone, NORWAC (the Norwegian Aid Committee) succeeded in getting some of its envoys into the heart of Gaza City including two doctors: Erik Fosse and Mads Gilbert. For some time, the two were the only Western eyewitnesses in Gaza. This book is an account of their experience during sixteen harrowing days from 27 December 2008 to 12 January 2009. Each chapter covers just one day, as the reader follows the doctors' journey through the ravaged city, treating local Palestinians and hearing their stories. Hailed by the influential Norwegian Newspaper Klassekampen as the 'best book of 2009,' Mads Gilbert's and Erik Fosse's shocking, yet sober account sheds much-needed light on this recent chapter of one of the most prolonged and complex conflicts of our time. Eyes In Gaza is translated from the Norwegian.
Mads Fredrik Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor. He received his PhD at the University of Iowa, is a specialist in anaesthesiology and a leader of the Emergency Medicine Department of the University of Troms since 1995. He has served as a doctor with NORWAC extensively in the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon. Erik Fosse is a Norwegian musician, doctor and professor of medicine at the University of Oslo, specialising in general surgery. Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse have been interviewed on their experiences in Gaza for the BBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, Independent, Sky News, and New York Times.
Eyes in Gaza by Mads Gilbert
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