The animator of the excellent film Waltz With Bashir has produced a short video clip about Gaza for the Israeli NGO the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.
I have no idea how to paste a video directly onto my blog, but you can check out the short clip here. It shows a young boy trying to chase a bird as it flies around Gaza but the boy is blocked at every turn. Rockets can be seen launched from Gaza and return fire erupts around the boy as he tries to flee.
The clip makes its point: there are ordinary people in Gaza who are suffering who want and have nothing to do with politics. People whose lives are hijacked by events. Such is the case, unfortunately, in all war.
Though the Gisha makes its point through this video, it also oversimplifies things. Certainly there are innocents in Gaza suffering for events beyond their control, but there are also some pretty sinister characters there too. Characters with few qualms about using these innocents as shields. The video doesn't quite make that point.
The video has already come under some criticism in Israel, specifically, that it ignores complex realities and the suffering of Israelis. Critics of this short clip would likely want you to also see this and this. To critiques, the animator's response is a re-affirmation his love for Israel, hatred of Hamas, and desire to show the predicaments of ordinary people.
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