Life and death in the Gaza Strip – Dr. Tarek Loubani to speak in Ottawa, Jan. 14th

life and death in gazaTarek Loubani is a Palestinian-Canadian emergency physician who regularly volunteers in the Gaza Strip. On January 14th, Dr. Loubani will discuss his experiences on the front lines delivering healthcare in Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa and on the front lines of the recent Great March of Return. He will be introduced by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. Read more…and come to hear them both…

Dr. Tarek Loubani is a courageous man. He speaks calmly and powerfully about life and death in the Gaza Strip, a tiny piece of land (less than 15% of the size of Ottawa) where nearly 2 million Palestinians, most of them refugees since 1947/48, live under Israeli blockade.

Loubani is a physician at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario and at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. He is also an Associate Professor at the Western University and founder of the Glia Project which designs and manufactures high quality, low cost medical devises to reduce the disparity of care in poor locations.

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The Gaza Strip is a tiny slice of land surrounded by Israeli fences and military forces. Entry and exit by Palestinians is almost impossible. It has been called the world’s largest internment camp.

In 2018, while delivering emergency medical services to Palestinians protesting their 10 year imprisonment inside Gaza, and calling for their right to return, he was shot in the legs by Israeli snipers.

He talked about his fears and thoughts on that awful day in the James Graff Memorial lecture organized in Toronto by Sabeel on November 29th, 2018.

I don’t frighten easily” Loubani told the crowd,  “but something about this day really gave me a dread.” That half hour Toronto lecture plus an hour of Q and A is available on YouTube here.

In Ottawa, Loubani will be introduced by Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada who will discuss the importance of Amnesty’s work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Tuesday, January 14th

7:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Congregation

30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa

Free admission: voluntary contributions gratefully accepted.

Jointly sponsored by Amnesty International Canada, the Global Justice Working Group of the First Unitarian Congregation in Ottawa, and the Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine.