'This Is Palestine' is a podcast that highlights people, issues and events around Palestine. We bring you stories from the ground in Palestine, and we speak with experts and activists to bring you unique perspectives and analysis about Palestine from across the world. This podcast is a project of the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU).
Susan Abulhawa and Palestine Writes Literature Festival
This week, we will hear from Susan Abulhawa. Susan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, activist, and scientist. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin is an international best-seller, with the book translated into 30 languages. Her most recent book Against the Loveless World was published earlier this year by Atria Books.
Susan is also the co-chair of the Palestine Writes Literature Festival which will take place virtually from December 2nd to December 6th. Palestine Writes will bring together writers, artists, publishers, booksellers, and scholars to hold conversations about art, literature, and the intersections between culture, struggle, and politics. We will talk about the Festival and her latest book.
The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism
From Pompeo's attack on BDS to the battle for free speech on college campuses, anti-Semitism is being weaponized to silence criticism of Israel and stifle advocacy for Palestinian rights. Omar Baddar speaks with Diana Buttu, Lara Friedman, and Roua Daas about this crisis of free expression and political speech.
The End of Trump: What's Next?
In today's episode hosts Omar Baddar and Diana Buttu discuss the recent U.S. election, Trump's terrible legacy on Palestine, and what the new President-Elect Joe Biden's presidency will mean for Palestine and Palestinians.
The Presidential Election and the Impact on Palestinians
Palestinian-American organizer Linda Sarsour and USCPR Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid discuss the upcoming U.S. presidential election, including its impact on progressive organizing, the Palestinian-American community and policy towards Palestine, with host Omar Baddar. Sarsour has been active on a wide range of progressive issues and is the author of a new book: We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders. Prior to heading the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Abuznaid was the co-founder of Dream Defenders, which organizes black and brown youth to build power in communities of color.
20th Anniversary of the 2nd Palestinian Intifada
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Second Palestinian intifada or uprising, an uprising sparked when Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon visited the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem under heavy guard to assert Jewish claims to the site. Party members and 1,000 Israeli riot police accompanied him. To crush protests, Israeli forces used live fire, killing 50 Palestinians in the first week alone, including 13 Palestinian citizens of Israel. Some were shot in the back.
Under the guise of the intifada, Israel ramped up its policy of home destruction, it tightened its closure regime, cutting off the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, and Israel resumed its assassination policy. Israeli forces invaded Palestinian cities and towns, carrying out mass arrests and using Palestinian as human shields.
To discuss the intifada, host Diana Buttu speaks with colleague Amanda Saadeh and veteran Palestinian journalist Nidal Rafa. Nidal was a freelance journalist who worked for a number of US news media outlets during the second intifada. We will hear from Nidal about her experiences during the intifada, her memories and her feelings about it. Amanda also turns the mic on me, asking me about my experiences during the intifada.
Bahraini Activist and Human Rights Defender Maryam Al-Khawaja
Host Diana Buttu speaks with Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja about her pro-democracy work in Bahrain, her country’s normalization deal with Israel, and Bahraini solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.