Part A of this Resource Page contains links to materials about Operation Cast Lead that we’ve created ourselves in our recent “Ten Years After” informational campaign, and Part B contains links to other great materials on Cast Lead that we found elsewhere.
Users of this page are urged to explore whichever of the offerings they find interesting and useful and to use them in their own communities as occasion arises. Please give due credit to the creators of any particular resource (whether us, or others.) Also, do let us know how you have used any of these materials, and the kind of responses or feedback you got to them from colleagues or friends…
Part A: Our new, dedicated materials:
- Our podcast miniseries
- Our “Day-by-day” slides and their compilation
- Other Cast Lead materials, on our website and elsewhere.
Part B: A guide to other great materials:
- Background materials from the Journal of Palestine Studies, Issue #151.
- Gazans’ experiences of Cast Lead.
- Palestinian politics and Cast Lead.
- Israeli politics and Cast Lead.
- International politics and Cast Lead.
- Damage assessments after Cast Lead.
- Breaking the Silence testimonies, etc.
- Goldstone Report and other attempts at accountability.
- Flotillas and other global civil-society actions.
- After-effects of Cast Lead for Palestinians.
- Background information about Gaza, 10 years after Cast Lead.
Part A: Our new, dedicated materials
1. Our podcast miniseries:
Between December 26, 2018 and January 17, 2019, we produced and published a mini-series of seven podcast episodes in which JWE President Helena Cobban discussed different aspects of Operation Cast Lead and its legacies with a range of experts. Each episode in this series is about 30 minutes long.
- Recalling Operation Cast Lead with Richard Falk, part 1 of 2. (We also have a blog post of highlights of this episode.)
- Richard Falk on the lasting legacies of Cast Lead.
- Gaza’s Dr. Basem Naim recalls the horrors of Cast Lead.
- Gaza’s Dr. Basem Naim on after-effects of Cast Lead and Great March of Return.
- Joe Catron discusses the meaning and legacies of Cast Lead.
- Dr. Alice Rothchild on health and women’s issues in Gaza after Cast Lead.
- Laila El-Haddad discusses Cast Lead and its legacies.
2. Our “day-by-day slides” and their compilation:
Throughout the 22 days of the 10th anniversary of Cast Lead, we posted onto our Twitter and Facebook accounts daily slides that compiled the essential facts of what happened on that day, ten years earlier, in Gaza and Israel. These slides ran from December 27, 2008 through the day that two parallel ceasefires went into operation (January 18,2009), and then on for the remaining four days that saw the Palestinians’ first attempts to discover and tally the full extent of the casualties and damage they had suffered, and through Pres. Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, ending on January 22, 2009, the day on which he launched yet another U.S.-led “peace process” between Israelis and Palestinians.
As our information campaign reach its end, we made a slideshow of all these slides, which runs for ten minutes and can be viewed here.
3. Other materials on our website and elsewhere:
- On January 12, 2009, we arranged a 30-minute “Facebook Live” session in which the experienced Gaza-Palestinian social-justice activist Yousef Aljamal, who had been in Gaza during Cast Lead, answered questions about Cast Lead for a global, English-speaking audience. The archived video of that session can be viewed here.
- In conjunction with the release of Helena Cobban’s podcast interview with Laila El-Haddad (see above), we made available a PDF of the fine chapter in El-Haddad’s 2010 book Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting and Everything In Between in which she described her anguish at being outside Gaza during “Cast Lead”. El-Haddad, then in North Carolina with her husband and children, knew that her parents and many close friends were all still trapped inside Gaza City under Israel’s ferocious and lengthy bombardment. This chapter of her book also includes accounts of several of the heart-rending exchanges she had with her parents in those weeks. (You can find more information about El-Haddad and her books in this post on our blog.)
- The Gaza section of our blog contains several very informative posts about the situation in Gaza ten years after Cast Lead.
Part B: A guide to other great materials
Here is our collection of background materials in English on Operation Cast Lead. We still plan to update it further! If you have materials available in English on the internet, that you’d like to propose for inclusion, please let us know!
- This Winter 2009 issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies contains a very rich, well-documented special section on Cast Lead, and has a detailed day-by-day account of its events in the “Chronology” section at the back. From December 27, 2018 through the end of January 2019, the Institute for Palestine Studies is making this whole issue freely available to researchers and the public via this portal, as a way to mark the tenth anniversary of Cast Lead.
2. Gazans’ experiences of Cast Lead.
- Powerful 46-minute documentary from Journeyman Pictures:“Israel/Palestine: The Gaza War from Ground Level” (Also has coverage from southern Israel.)
- “They Never Came Home”. Memories of the events of December 27, 2008, authored by Sarah Gherbawi, then a school student. (Published in Electronic Intifada, December 26, 2018.)
- “Gaza Mom” Laila El-Haddad’s writings on her blog during Cast Lead, as published in her 2010 book Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between. Though she was in the U.S. at the time, she includes many descriptions of convos she had with her physician parents inside Gaza at the time. Here are her entries for Dec 27 and Dec 28, 2008 in PDF. More days’ entries will be uploaded later.
- “Fatalities During Cast Lead”, from B’tselem. This page is a portal through which you can access detailed listings of the names, ages, and circumstances of killing/death of all 1,411 Palestinians in Gaza (and 7 in the West Bank) whom B’tselem’s researchers found had been killed during Cast Lead.
- “Report: 23 emergency service personnel killed during ‘Cast Lead'”, by Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Gaza (Electronic Intifada, March 19, 2009.) Also, here.
- April 2009 report from Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza), “The Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Occupation Forces.”
- “Israeli TV admits: No rockets were ever fired from UNRWA schools in Gaza during ‘Cast Lead'”, Electronic Intifada, 25 October 2011.
- Many stories in Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine, edited by Refaat Alareer (Just World Books, 2014.)
3. Palestinian politics and Cast Lead.
- “What Does Hamas Want?” Helena Cobban, Just World News, December 9, 2008
4. Israeli politics and Cast Lead.
- Wikipedia page about Ehud Olmert, outgoing PM of Israel at the time Cast Lead was launched.
- “Israel’s War in Gaza: Stakes and Prospects”, Helena Cobban in Just World News, December 28, 2009.
- “Why Israel Named Its Gaza War After a Haukkah Poem”, Ethan Perlson, Daily Beast, December 30, 2008.
5. International politics and Cast Lead.
6. Damage assessments after Cast Lead.
- Satellite-based Gaza Strip Damage assessment Overview, from UNITAR/UNOSAT, 10 March 2009. Access page, map in PDF.
- UN Development Program report, “Gaza One Year After”: Access page, PDF of report.
7. Breaking the Silence testimonies, etc.
- BtS report: “Soldiers Talk About Operation Cast Lead 2009” (PDF).
- Digest of BtS’s main findings, from Wessex Scene, May 2011.
8. “Goldstone Report” (UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict), Sept. 2009, & other attempts at accountability.
- Thorough Wikipedia page about the Goldstone Report.
- Text of the report itself (PDF, 3.5 MB.)
- “After Gaza slaughter, Obama officials met with Israeli generals to counter ‘poisonous’ Goldstone report and get ‘Israeli story out'”, by Phil Weiss, January 14, 2019. (The meetings in question were held in January 2010.)
- Amira Hass on the investigation of responsibility for the massacre of the Samouni family (Haaretz, October 2010.)
- Judge Goldstone’s retraction, Washington Post, April 2011.
- “Op-Ed Doesn’t Close the book on Cast Lead” by Jessica Montell, The Forward, April 5, 2011.
- “IDF closes book on al-Samouni killings, whitewashes massacre”, by Richard Silverstein, May 2012.
- “Israel Won’t Apologize for killing daughters of Gaza Doctor”, Al-Monitor, December 7, 2018.
9. Flotillas and other global civil-society actions.
10. After-effects of Cast Lead for Palestinians.
- A powerful report by Refaat Alareer and Ahmed Abd El-Al, “Haunted by the Horrors of Cast Lead” (Electronic Intifada, January 17, 2018.)