He is one of the few foreign doctors who have seen from close the horrific consequences of several Israeli aggressions on Palestinians. Dr. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, has been travelling to and from Gaza for several years to treat Palestinians at the al-Shifa hospital. He was also there during the Israeli aggression last summer. Now, he is in Oslo to give a lecture during the Israeli Apartheid Week.
Israeli Apartheid Week is a decade-old international student movement. One of its aims is to educate people about the Israeli system of apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. Last year it was held at over 200 universities across the world. It is the third time it is being held at the University of Oslo; and has reached the climax with the lecture by Mads Gilbert.
Attended by hundreds of students and academics, the lecture gave an overview of Mads Gilbert’s observations and experiences as a doctor in Gaza.
Dr. Gilbert said that the Western media painted an all too rosy picture of the Israeli attacks on Gaza which were in fact extremely brutal.
Mads Gilbert has been banned by Israel from entering Gaza for an indefinite period of time. He says he was banned because he exposed Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
At the end of the lecture, the participants could purchase copies of a new book on Gaza by Dr. Mads Gilbert, signed by himself.