Mads Gilbert: 'Eyes in Gaza: What Did I See, What Can You Do?'

Washington, United States

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The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies is proud to present:


Eyes in Gaza: What Did I See, What Can You do?

Featuring Dr. Mads Gilbert


Dr. Gilbert will address the US role in Israel's "Operation Cast Lead," the use of illegal weapons on a civilian population; the ethics of weapons' sales to countries that have used or tested weapons illegally; the aftermath of Cast Lead and the continuing siege and blockade of the Gaza Strip 3 years on. It will include details of Dr. Gilbert's January 2012 visit to Gaza - to see friends and colleagues - 3 years later, and will also look at the broader, regional context of the Israeli-Palestinian struggle within the "Arab Spring".

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor. He received his PhD at the University of Iowa, is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the Emergency Medicine Department of the University of Troms since 1995. 

In addition to his research and practice at Troms hospital in Norway, Dr. Gilbert co-founded NORWAC, a Norwegian-Palestinian humanitarian aid organization. He worked in an underground Palestinian refugee camp hospital in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion and bombardment of Lebanon. He and his colleague, Dr. Erik Fosse, were two of only a small handful of westerners in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead from Dec. 27th 2008 to January 18th, 2009. Both testified as expert witnesses at subsequent Human Rights Committee Sessions held at the United Nations in Geneva after the attack.

Lecture will take place from 3:00-5:00pm in the ICC Auditorium, followed by a reception and book signing in the CCAS Boardroom.

This lecture is cosponsored by the Carol Chomksy Memorial Fund.

Click here for more information on Dr. Gilbert's book, Eyes in Gaza.


Marina Krikorian

Public Affairs Coordinator

phone: 202-687-6215