Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sderot Cinema

The audience:

"Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs to hilltop in Sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard." (July 9 tweet from Danish ME correspondent Allan Sorensen)

What they're watching:

"It is the fourth day of Israel's intensive bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip, and more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, many of them children. More than 670 are injured. Families here have settled into a tense wartime regime, a daily routine hard-learned from Israel's previous military campaigns of 2008-09 and 2012. Unlike Israel, there are no bomb shelters in Gaza. There are no sirens to warn of incoming missiles and no Iron Dome to shoot them down. The only warning, and one provided only intermittently, is that from those dropping the bombs - supplied by phone, text or a warning shot to the roof. Under the ever-present hum of circling drones, squeal of jets, bomb-blasts and the thud of naval gunfire from the sea, most women and children are stuck indoors, often in buildings without electricity. These families have been caught in a tragic catch-22. Afraid to leave their homes when the Israeli warplanes do drop their bombs on Gaza's neighbourhoods, it is the women and children sheltering in the buildings where they instinctively feel safest who are dying." (Ramadan in Gaza: life under missile-fire, Peter Beaumont,, 12/7/14)

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