VICE gets rare glimpse inside Gaza
GAZA STRIP - VICE founder, Suroosh Alvi, first attempted to enter Gaza through the Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing in 2007, but was unable to gain access. Four years later, he traveled into Gaza through the Egyptian border - newly opened after the Arab Spring revolution – to look at life for the people of Gaza under Hamas.
In addition to learning about the overall history of the region and current life, Suroosh met Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, to discuss the recent breakdown in the ceasefire with Israel. Barhoum said of the occupation, “We resist like Charles de Gaulle, George Washington and Churchill.”
Suroosh witnessed a press conference in the middle of the street by armed militants who openly discussed their disapproval of Israel. He learned about the drug and weapons trade in the region that’s filtering in through the network of tunnels from Egypt.
A new painkiller, Tramadol, was becoming the escapist drug of choice for the disenfranchised youth of Gaza. Suroosh met a group of emotional young users who talked about being driven to the drug after Hamas came to power due to “disgust, sadness and despair” and that “dying is better that living like this.”
Later, Suroosh visited Gaza’s overcrowded prisons – thirty six people to a cell - and learned about the harsh sentencing for both men and women, discussed women's right's and how they've changed under Hamas rule.
Finally, health and safety went out the window as Suroosh followed the Hamas military to an abandoned region and witnessed their haphazard attempts to blow up a huge cache of confiscated, unexploded ordnance.
VICE is fast establishing itself as a trailblazing, global leader in the pursuit of the hard-hitting news stories. ‘Crime And Punishment In The Gaza Strip’ follows previous VICE films such as, ‘The VICE Guide To North Korean Labor Camps’ and ‘Siberia: Krokodil Tears’ in offering a unique and immersive insight into the stories that no-one else dares go near.
The two parts of the documentary can be watched online: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/vice-news/crime-and-punishment-in-the-gaza-strip-part-1 and http://www.vice.com/en_uk/vice-news/crime-and-punishment-in-the-gaza-strip-part-2