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March 1, 2012

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VANCOUVER—“A Child's View from Gaza” showcases artwork by children who survived Operation Cast Lead, a 22-day assault by Israel on Gaza in 2008-09 that killed more than 1,400 Palestinians, including 352 children.

The exhibition features works on paper created by children who lived through Israel’s Cast Lead attack and participated in subsequent after-school therapy programs at six Gaza Children’s Centres. The artwork was curated by Susan Johnson and brought to Oakland, California by the Middle East Children’s Alliance. The original show was cancelled by the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) as a result of pressure from the pro-Israeli Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council of the East Bay. 

Tremendous support in the U.S. and around the world ensured that the original exhibit was shown at another Oakland building not far from MOCHA. The full exhibit was divided into three smaller shows now touring North America and Europe.  The Vancouver tour will exhibit 25 works of the children's art.

Opening Reception

Friday, March 9 7:30 P.M. (Free Admission)

Unitarian Church, 949 W. 49th Avenue

With Guest Speakers:
Barbara Lubin, Middle East Children's Alliance

Dr. Eyed El-Sarraj, Gaza Community Health Program 


Exhibition at various venues in Vancouver March 9-15

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Where to see the show in Vancouver

Saturday, March 10 - People's Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, 10am-6pm

Sunday, March 11 - Interurban Gallery, 1 East Hastings, Noon-6pm

Monday, March 12 - Langara College, Main Foyer Building A, 9:30am-3:30pm

Monday March 12 - InterUrban Gallery, with evening performance by Palestinian poet Remi Kanazi, and guests, 7-10pm.  Suggested donation $10. (No one turned away.) 

Tuesday, March 13 - Simon Fraser University, North Concourse AQ, 10am-5pm

Thursday, March 15 - UBC, Abdul Ladha student centre, 2055 East Mall, 11am-5pm

Vancouver Tour sponsors 

Ahavat Olam Synagogue • BC Government and Service Employees Union • Boycott Israel Apartheid Campaign • Building Bridges• Canada Boat for Gaza • Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (National and Pacific Region) • Canadian Union of Public Employees (BC Division) • CanPalNet • Independent Jewish Voices • Jews for Just Peace • Neworld Theatre • Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network • Seriously Free Speech Committee • SFU Public Interest Research Group • UBC Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age Studies • UBC Social Justice Committee • UBC Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights • Unitarian Church Social Justice Committee • Vancouver and District Labour Council • World Peace Forum

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