Eyes in Gaza now in Finnish – thanks to the Finnish Peace Committee

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Mads Fredrik Gilbert is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the emergency medicine department of University Hospital of North Norway, and has been a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø since 1995.Gilbert has broad range international experiences, in particular from locations that merge medical and political issues. He has done volunteer work at a kibbutz. Later he became actively involved with solidarity work concerning Palestinians since the 1970s, he has served as a doctor during numerous periods in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. His efforts have been central to the efforts that have led the city of Tromsø, since 2001 a twin town of Gaza, to claim to be the city that has sent more health workers to the Palestinian territories than any other in the world.Gilbert arrived on emergency assignment for the Norwegian Aid Committee (NORWAC) with the surgeon Erik Fosse to support the humanitarian effort at al-Shifa Hospital during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, a period when foreign journalists were barred from entering the Gaza Strip.As international media reported from outside the conflict zone, Gilbert maintained frequent contact with Norwegian media,as well as segments of the world press, including CNN, BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera.Following a grenade strike to a Gaza City vegetable market on January 3, Gilbert sent an SMS text to his Norwegian and international contacts, with an appeal for all who read it to pass it on.“ From doctor Mads Gilbert in Gaza: Thanks for your support. They bombed the central vegetable market in Gaza city two hours ago. 80 injured, 20 killed. All came here to Shifa. Hades! We wade in death, blood and amputees. Many children. Pregnant woman. I have never experienced anything this horrible. Now we hear tanks. Tell it, pass it on, shout it. Anything. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We’re living in the history books now, all of us! ”

Mads Gilbert and Erik Fosse have written a book called Eyes in Gaza, which is an account of their time in Gaza.

In the period that followed Gilbert and Fosse’s extraction from Gaza, they continued to be covered in Norwegian and international media. In a special report to the medical journal The Lancet, Gilbert and Fosse described the Gaza situation as a “nightmarish havoc”, stating that they had “witnessed the most horrific war injuries in men, women and children of all ages in numbers almost too large to comprehend. Gilbert stated: “We tell the truth and do not need to lie. If Israel think we are lying, they can just open the borders and let the world’s press into Gaza. Then one will soon find out who is lying.” In 2009 he received the Fritt Ord Honorary Award together with Erik Fosse.

Source: Wikipedia, Finnish Peace Committee

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