Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Democracy Now: Interviews with UNRWA, Phyllis Bennis and Neve Gordon

Amy Goodman discusses the latest humanitarian situation in Gaza and  the United States blocking a UN Security Council statement calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. She interviews the following guests to provide insights on the current situation there.


Christopher Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on the line from Gaza.

Meagan Buren, Senior Adviser to the Israel Project, a pro-Israeli group in Washington, D.C. and Jerusalem.

Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., specializing in Middle East and United Nations issues. Her books include Challenging Empire: How People, Governments, and the UN Defy US Power and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.

Neve Gordon, chair of the Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the author of Israel’s Occupation. His latest article for The Guardian newspaper is titled ‘The Dire Cost of Domestic Rivalries’.

Sameh Habeeb, Palestinian journalist in Gaza City. He blogs at GazaToday.Blogspot.com

Samer Badawi, the Executive Director of United Palestinian Appeal, a Washington-based charity established in 1978 to assist needy Palestinians.

Read transcripts online and watch full video here:


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