Oct. 21: Skip Schiel Photos & Presentation on Palestine & Israel

Wed., October 21
6:00pm - 8:00pm
UNC - Charlotte, Fret 109
(UNCC map)
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

For info contact Khalid Hijazi at

SKIP SCHIEL- Photographer & Activist
FALL 2009 Southeast Speaking Tour (Oct-Nov)

Skip Schiel has been documenting the Palestinian and Israeli reality through photographs and journal postings since 2003—work with a better feel for the detailed texture of life in Gaza and the West Bank than any appearing in US media.
-Annette Herskovits, Consulting Editor, Turning Wheel, the Journal of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship

MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS Featuring photos, audio & thoughtful narration by Skip Schiel, updated for 2009.

Eyewitness Gaza Skip Schiel, a frequent visitor to Gaza, was there in January 2008 and the summer of 2009, before and after the devastation of Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli offensive on Gaza in December 2008-January 2009. While there, he was witness to the effects of the Israeli siege on Gaza as well as the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead. While in Gaza, Schiel worked with the American Friends Service Committee youth program and at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza teaching photography.

The Hydropolitics of Palestine/Israel Israel-Palestine has scant water resources, but now with the current strife water is a dramatic mirror of power relationships. Through an examination of water in various settings—small Palestinian villages & the Gaza strip—along with large cities shared by Israeli Jews & Arabs—Haifa & Jerusalem—Schiel portrays a very difficult to visualize topic.

Bethlehem the Holy Bethlehem is rapidly becoming Imprisoned Bethlehem, surrounded on all sides by an 8-meter (23 foot) high concrete wall, with checkpoint access restricted. Thus, Palestinian Christians (shrinking from some 30% 40 years ago to 2%) as well as their Palestinian Muslim neighbors can rarely leave or enter Bethlehem. Nearby Israeli settlements confiscate Palestinian lands while the local economy, heavily reliant on tourism, languishes under ghetto-like restrictions. Schiel explored this situation from November through Christmas 2008 as well as during the summer of 2009.

Quakers in Palestine & Israel(Or John Woolman in the Land of Troubles)
What do Quakers, the Religious Society of Friends, have to do with Israel-Palestine? By following some of the activities in the Ramallah Friends School & the American Friends Service Committee's work in Gaza & the West Bank (& with references to its efforts in Israel), Schiel shows how this numerically small but often effective group has made a difference in this land of troubles.

Other Presentations Available http://teeksaphoto. org/Levant2006/ Pages/Offerings_ 8_2006.htm

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS Available for Exhibition

Gaza: How Do 1.5 Million People Live? Photos of possibilities: how people live, suffer, stay strong and determined—sumud, in Arabic, steadfast.

The Living Waters of Israel-Palestine (revised) A print version of the Hydropolitics slide show.


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