Animation: Lift the Siege on Gaza

Lift the Seige on Gaza

As part of a larger campaign to demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem) launched a short animated clip, “Lift the Siege on Gaza”. The animation, created by Alon Simone, challenged the effectiveness of this siege on the grounds that Israel's attempt to cripple Hamas is actually serving to enrich them. The animation shows how goods that are not allowed to enter Gaza from Israel are smuggled into the country from Egypt through tunnels where Hammas collects money on them.

Why we like it  

In just over 50 seconds the film communicates a pressing and controversial issue using a recognisable cartoon style seen regularly on television, but used here to tackle a serious issue. The colour and expression of the characters brings a different angle to a subject worn out in media and advocacy debate. The opening screen text, “The siege on Gaza brought Hamas to its knees, you think?” and the bouncing soundtrack, does what a body of text can't do. It creates humour, revealing the irony of Hamas benefiting from a scheme intended to injure them. It carefully uses the style to engage a certain audience but not to undermine the severity of the problem but points to the true consequences of the blockade, the people in Gaza are the only people to suffer, concluding that a “Siege doesn’t collapse a government a siege just makes people miserable.”

Source: http://www.btselem.org/english/Video/20091227_Campaign_on_the_Siege_on_Gaza.asp

Year: 2009

By: B’Tselem

Category: Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World