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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Pressureworks update

From the current lead story on Christian Aid's student website, Pressureworks:-

'Standing defiantly in front of the battered remains of a small building in East Jerusalem, Israeli human rights activist Angela Godfrey-Goldstein holds up her phone and clicks the shutter. Within seconds an image of the partly demolished home arrives in the Pressureworks inbox.
Angela is part of a new project designed to let people on the ground in troubled areas show you how history is unfolding before their eyes.

'The project

Last month we gave three mobile phones equipped with cameras to people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT): two in the West Bank and one in the city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.The idea: to document daily experiences in the OPT as the attention of the international community is focused on Israel's 'disengagement' from the Gaza Strip.

[...]

'The first act we’ll be documenting this way is the ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, including the impending demolition of 88 homes in the Silwan area. The Israeli city’s government says it must tear the buildings down to make way for an archaeological park, but such a move could leave more than 1,000 Palestinians homeless.Over time, there will be other issues, and we hope that the phones will provide a real connection to what is happening in the occupied territories.'

Can't see any snapshots of the aftermath of the suicide bombing at Netanya a fortnight ago, or of Sharm al-Shaikh. Not much defiant standing from the victims there.

Hits from a search of Pressureworks for 'Mugabe': still zero.

If you're still reading at Christian Aid, I have a simple question. Why?

1 comment:

Grayscale said...

Pressureworks is Christian Aid's political campaigning web site for young people (not just for students).

Christian Aid does not campaign in or for Zimbabwe - hence no mention of Mugabe. However, Christian Aid is working in Zimbabwe to alleviate suffering there. See here - http://www.christianaid.org.uk/world/where/safrica/zimbabp.htm - for more details on what's we're doing there.

Christian Aid does campaign in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, with its Israeli partners B'TSELEM and ICAHD, hence the stories currently running on Pressureworks.

I hope this answers your question.

As an aside I would add that, although I can't speak for the organisation officially (I'm employed by CA but I don't devise policy), from what I've experienced here, I very much doubt that 'hate' is part of Christian Aid's work, anywhere or at any time. It seems to be a heavy duty word to be throwing around about an organisation that, whatever differences of opinion you may have with it, is quite obviously more interested in alleviating suffering than causing it it. I don't deny that the issues in the IOPT are complicated and ancient and that great violence is used by both sides in the conflict, both doubtless feeling that they have no choice. My sympathies lie with all victims on both sides. Doubtless there is vast anger and pain on both sides. But accusing people of hate isn't any way to deal with.

Walk in peace -