Your reports Find reports Why do I only want to think about Gaza and how does that fit in today? Why do I only want to think about Gaza and how does that fit in today? Convener(s): Brian Lobel Participants: Pia Furtado, Mufrida Hayes, Sarah , Alan Wen, Emma Faulkener, Isabel Carr, Chris Goode, Jen Lunn, Lucy Wigmore, Jodie Wilkinson, Jen Lunn, Sarah S, Anna Morrissey, Paul Chrlton, Angela Clerkin, Katherine Maxwell-Cook, Stella Duffy, Barry Robson. Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations: Our discussion mainly centred on how we were feeling and how we as artists could/should deal with that. There was a big sense that people did not want to think about it as a “metaphor” too much and remember that it is happening NOW. Notes from people include…. Is theatre enough? We’re stuck and unsure and hurt and angry about this (and that’s okay?) The guilt of theatre-makers living in an inward/theatre consumed world. The reminders of the exterior world and how what we do relates to the violence of the outside world. It’s alright, honest and mature to acknowledge our powerlessness and our feelings. A feeling of impotence when faced with massive and complicated political issues. “I would like to feel useful, I actually feel decorative.” I feel a fury and sadness – not connected to being an artist as such – it’s too raw to want to turn it into metaphor – Although I’m interested in commentators. We need to educate ourselves and each other about Gaza. Several people mentioned online resources which they had found useful in getting to know about what was going on in Gaza. It was decided that another session would be convened for people to drop off links and resources so that we can all access. Gaza Group Email addresses: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] é[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] After yesterday’s session about Gaza, we have decided to collect e-resources for everyone’s general knowledge. If you know a particularly useful site/blogger/forum… www.electronicintifada.org www.haaretz.com www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree www.thenation.com (Naomi Klien article) www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/Jan/07/gaza-israel-palestine www.socialistworker.co.uk Books are great too: - Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter Being informed is cool.