PALESTINE / Haider Abdelshafi – last interview

Haider Abdelshafi 1919-2007. His last Interview at his office in Gaza City, a Palestinian Portrait by Jürg Da Vaz and Spiegel Online, Deutsche Handelsblatt and Weltwoche correspondent Pierre Heumann.

“Peace not in my Lifetime“

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Jasmine and Olives – Welcome to Palestine!  

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“The vision for the future, the vision for our people is a two state solution, a fair two state solution, a fair deal on the refugee issue, which does not imply a massive comeback of millions of refugees to Israel proper but a fair compensation and an aknowledgement of the suffering.“ Quaddura Faris.


Hamas Election Rally

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3 May 2005, Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip. The first local elections took place in the Gaza Strip the following day. Pierre and myself were the only foreigners in a crowd of 8’000 people we had run into by pure chance. I was shooting this historical footage right beside Hanijeh and in the midst of many top Hamas leaders for a full two hours, moving without restrictions on the podium and in the crowd, with no Police or body gards present, a rally that reminded me of a toxic cocktail of fireworks, disco and deep seated religious belief, based on territorial loss.

This toxic mix of loss of land which drives the ordinary Palestinian combined with a global religious struggle that does not battle to create an independent state seems to be the overwhelming driver no compensation money or other wellmeaning compromise can stop. The right to return to their lost land in Israel as an overriding collective goal and a global religious struggle that drives the radical clerus unite a diverse population that are divided between themselves like no other I have met. Actually, the painfull loss of territory looked like the glue for the powerful radical Islamists that provided cover and protection from disintegration from within.

Gaza in Pain

35 Million Dollars in a Suitcase

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As fighting intensified on the northern outskirts of Gaza City today, can you find an aswer to my question: “Is there an alternative?“

Israel set to launch ground war against Hamas


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Almost 4 years after Hamas won overwhelmingly the first local elections against Fatah in the Gaza Strip, Israel is set to launch ground war against Hamas.

As Pierre and myself arrived in Gaza, we took a taxi and crossed Gaza City to end up in Beit Lahia. You see a Gaza documentary also containing a report of the first local elections in the Gaza Strip.