The truth will ultimately survive.The lies of israel, its shocking defensiveness, its utter loss of humanity and savage brutality to the people of Gaza, its substitution of hasbara (cynical spin) for honest self-reflection and maybe saddest of all, its betrayal of the highest standards of Judaism—all profoundly depressing.
On the other hand, in testamnets of brave internationalists in this case courageous Norwegian doctors, we once see the transcendent spirit of the human race.
Night in Gaza by Mads Gilbert; translated from Norwegian by Guy Puzey; introduction by Max Blumenthal
“They say one picture is worth a thousand words; however, in case of the Gaza 2014 inferno you need both the images and the text to appreciate fully the suffering and courage of the victims of Israel’s inhuman assault on the Gaza Strip. It is only someone like Mads Gilbert, who lived through the experience as physician in the al-Shifa Hospital, who can combine both picture and word in a way that stops us forgetting the atrocity and persuades us to work relentlessly to prevent it from happening again.”
—Ilan Pappé, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
“An unforgettable eyewitness account of the slaughter is given by the two courageous Norwegian doctors who worked at Gaza’s main hospital during the merciless assault, Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse, in their remarkable book Eyes in Gaza.”
—Noam Chomsky on Eyes in Gaza
A MOVING ACCOUNT IN WORDS AND PICTURES OF A DOCTOR AT WORK IN GAZA
This book is a medical doctor’s account of what he witnessed in Gaza in the summer of 2014. It is the photo story you will not see on television or in the newspapers.
On July 7, 2014, Israel launched a series of aerial attacks on Gaza, followed by the ground phase of the operation ten days later. Mads Gilbert arrived in Gaza on July 13th, and worked day and night for the next two weeks at Al-Shifa Hospital, dealing with casualties, repairing serious injuries, and trying to save lives. With the help of a small, black camera ready in the pocket of his green operating scrubs, he was able to document some of the human cost paid by the Palestinian people for enduring the Israeli occupation. He also kept a daily journal about the situation, with eye-witness accounts of the havoc wreaked by the Israeli attacks, and moving accounts of his interactions with ordinary Palestinians—men, women and children—who had done nothing to deserve the horrific disruption to their lives.
What Gilbert experienced was awful, and it was immense—the sounds of bombs and screaming, bodies torn to pieces and a society reduced to rubble—but he also saw camaraderie, dignity, human courage and unflinching resolve.
Mads Gilbert is a medical doctor at the University Hospital of North Norway. He received his PhD at the University of Iowa and is a specialist in anesthesiology. He served as a leader of the Emergency Medicine Department of the University of Troms. Since 1981, he has been going regularly to Palestine as a teacher and emergency care doctor in Palestinian hospitals on behalf of UNWRA, the UN aid agency to Palestinian refugees. Over the last few years he has worked in Gaza during successive waves of Israeli attacks on the densely populated area under siege. He is co-author (with Erik Fosse) of Eyes in Gaza, which was hailed by the influential Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen as the “Best Book of 2009.”
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and author living in the United States. His most recent book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013), takes a critical view of Israeli actions and has generated considerable debate.