Thanks to UK journalist and filmmaker Harry Fear for sharing his recent conversation with Denny Cormier, a citizen journalist, humanitarian and Palestine solidarity activist, originally from New Mexico but now in Massachusetts.
I met Harry Fear in Gaza over pizza in 2013. We had both been monitoring and sharing our observations about Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012 from Gaza. Harry’s voice and talents reached a far larger audience than mine ever has. I was even following Harry’s postings on social media from my room in Gaza during the 2012 bombardment.
Harry Fear’s award-winning 2019 film – Gaza: Still Alive is a remarkable documentary about the ongoing trauma experienced by many Palestinian refugees in the besieged Gaza Strip. It’s available to download for free and I highly recommend it.
I first met Denny in Cairo in 2015 (I think) and remember sitting across the table talking about our shared concerns about the Palestinians we had met in Gaza.
Denny Cormier is the American I wish — more than anyone else — I could clone over and over and over again. The world needs many more Denny Cormiers. Watch the short 25 minute discussion between Harry and Denny …. posted above …. and you’ll see why. Denny exudes the qualities of compassion, empathy, curiosity and intelligence that the world needs so much more of. Truthfully, both Denny and Harry share those same qualities, and they both know how to use them responsibly and generously. The world is a better place because of them.