Where Are We?: A Press Briefing on Two Months of Israeli Bombardment of Gaza

December 8, 2023

Despite widespread calls for a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, Israel has resumed its military aggression in the strip. Over 1.7 million Palestinians—roughly three quarters of Gazans—are now internally displaced; and more than 16,000 have been killed, including at least 7,000 children.

Two months into Israel’s current war, and with no clear end in sight, our speakers will consider the following questions:

  • What are the current obstacles to securing a ceasefire?

  • What are the persistent misconceptions regarding the crisis?

  • How are Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel navigating the increase in violence and political repression?

  • What will we face after the bombs stop dropping?

Please note that this press briefing will be on-the-record and conducted virtually. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

This event is sponsored by Just Vision, the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), +972 Magazine, and Jewish Currents.


Fadi Abu Shammalah is the executive director of the General Union of Cultural Centers in Gaza and the outreach associate at Just Vision.

Tania Harry is the executive director of Gisha, an Israeli nonprofit which aims to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians.

Daniel Levy is the president of the U.S. / Middle East Project. He was a member of the Israeli delegation at the Taba summit under Prime Minister Ehud Barak and at the Oslo B Accords under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Fadi Quran is a campaign director at Avaaz. He is a former political prisoner and West Bank-based Palestinian community organizer.

Julia Bacha (moderator) is the creative director at Just Vision. She is also the director of several films, including Boycott and Budrus.