Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nurse Ellen Siegel Speaks at DC Screening of "The Gaza Hospital"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Nurse Ellen Siegel Speaks at DC Screening of "The Gaza Hospital"

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American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) president Sara Najjar-Wilson and vice president Nabil Mohamad welcomed a large audience to their Sept. 29 screening at ADC's Heritage Center of a moving documentary, "The Gaza Hospital." Director Marco Pasquini tells the tragic story of the 10-story Gaza Hospital in Beirut, adjacent to the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Once a fine health center run by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, it now serves as a shelter for refugees. Pasquini's film features archival footage, testimonies from former medical staff who survived the Sabra and Shatila massacre, as well as interviews with refugees, including Abu Maher, currently living in the decrepit building.

Dr. Aziza Khalidi and Dr. Swee Chai Ang, a London-based orthopedic surgeon and author of From Beirut to Jerusalem-Eyewitness to Sabra-Shatila Massacre, discuss the 1982 massacre which followed Israel's invasion of Lebanon, and the 1985 "war of the camps" that turned their hospital into a "vertical refugee camp" overlooking Sabra and Shatila. They describe the wounded and suffering Palestinian and Lebanese civilians who sought shelter there during the conflicts.

Also featured in the film is Ellen Siegel, an American nurse who was a volunteer at Gaza Hospital during the massacre and is a respected Washington, DC activist. …

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