Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

Samouni Street

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Three years ago today, Israel launched its war on Gaza.  In Israel it was called Operation Cast Lead, in Gaza and elsewhere it is called the Gaza Massacre.

Cast lead is the original material of which dreidels were made.  Dreidels are spinning tops used in a traditional game which Jewish people play during Hanukkah, the joyous Festival of Lights.

Israel’s attack on Gaza began during Hanukkah in December 2008.  In Gaza the lights were extinguished.

Many powerful documentaries, books and testimonies have emerged from Cast Lead/the Gaza Massacre.

Here is one personal account, Samouni Street, made by a Palestinian farming family in Gaza.   A short animated video, only 12:57 minutes, it tells their story.

Watching it, I kept thinking:   This nightmare was supported fully by the government of my country (Canada), and many of the weapons of mass destruction were supplied by the government of the United States.

They continue to support the ongoing suffocation of Gaza.  In our names.

Samouni Street.

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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