Black Friday

Video for Amnesty International

On 1st August 2014, a ceasefire was called over Gaza, after days of heavy Israeli strikes. But the ceasefire quickly fell apart. This video tells the story of joint investigation between Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture, into the events of that day.

The 1st August 2014 saw the darkest day in the Gaza Conflict of 2014 – Black Friday. This is the story of what happened that day – which saw the highest number of Palestinian civilians lose their lives under a massive bombardment by the Israeli military – told in most extraordinary detail in a joint investigation by Amnesty International and the Forensic Architecture department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Using a 3D model of Rafah and hundreds of stills, video footage, testimonies this collaboration shows that there is strong evidence that the Israelis committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity: something they have always denied. It is the story of the kidnapping of a soldier, a secret military order and the extraordinary price paid by Palestinian civilians for a single Israeli life.

The video references research released in the Amnesty International report of the same name: https://blackfriday.amnesty.org/

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