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'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).

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    • 4.5 • 120 Ratings

'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).

    Why Israel Shouldn't Break Into the US Visa Waiver Program

    Why Israel Shouldn't Break Into the US Visa Waiver Program

    Host Omar Baddar sits down with Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute to discuss Biden's administration to include Israel in the US visa waiver program.

    • 19 min
    The Palestinian Herb That Became An Israeli Crime

    The Palestinian Herb That Became An Israeli Crime

    In this episode, host Diana Buttu speaks with human rights attorney Rabea Eghbariah, on how foraging wild herbs, like za’atar, within Israel became a punishable offense targeted at Palestinians. After the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948, Palestinians have been forcibly removed and separated from their land, a primary food source for most. Foraging native herbs like, za’atar, akkoub (gundelia) and marimiyeh (sage), is criminalized by Israeli political authorities. Rabea and Diana discuss, from a legal perspective, the rationale behind this criminalization is an attempt to further alienate Palestinians from their land.

    • 33 min
    The Palestinian Town of Silwan

    The Palestinian Town of Silwan

    In this episode, host Diana Buttu will focus on Silwan, where Israel wants to build an Israeli religious theme park and cable car on Palestinian land, in the al-Bustan neighborhood of Silwan. She speaks with two individuals who have been impacted by Israel's ethnic cleansing of Silwan. We hear from the Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith and Amal “Um Mahmoud '' Sumarin, who have stories that are sadly not unique to the Silwan neighborhood.

    • 16 min
    Belal Muhammad: A Palestinian Fighter In and Out of the Octagon

    Belal Muhammad: A Palestinian Fighter In and Out of the Octagon

    In today’s episode, Omar Baddar speaks with emerging Palestinian UFC star Belal Muhammad, a Palestinian-American mixed martial artist born and raised in Chicago. Belal talks about growing up Palestinian, the challenges inside and outside of the octagon, and the passion he has for spreading awareness on Palestine wherever he’s at.

    • 24 min
    Occupation Through the Eyes of a Mayor

    Occupation Through the Eyes of a Mayor

    Host Omar Baddar sits down with the mayor of Ramallah Musa Hadid and film director David Osit to discuss their documentary film, Mayor.

    The film explores the dynamics of public service and international politics, Mayor offers a nuanced perspective of the Palestinian struggle for autonomy through the eyes of former civil engineer-turned-mayor, Musa Hadid. Hadid has been the mayor of Ramallah, home to 60,000 people and located in the central occupied West Bank, since 2012. The guests discuss the film's central message and describe life under occupation.

    • 36 min
    Love Under Israeli Apartheid

    Love Under Israeli Apartheid

    In today’s episode, we will hear from journalist and activist Joharah Baker. She discusses the hardships of being with her husband and kids under Israel’s Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law.

    Enacted in 2003, the Citizenship and Entry into Israel law is aimed at making the process for non-Jews to acquire citizenship even more difficult than it already was. Under the 2003 law, any Israeli citizen or permanent resident who marries someone who holds a Palestinian ID - whether that person is from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip - cannot have their spouse reside in Jerusalem or in ’48 without first obtaining a permit and cannot obtain citizenship or permanent residency through their spouses.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

JustineFL ,

Mandatory listening for all

Diana and Omar present the human side of what it is to be Palestinian under occupation and in the world’s only remaining apartheid state. Crucial and necessary listening for all.

JJJJJ in LA ,

False Narrative

This podcast contains a one-sided narrative that is inaccurate and fiercely anti-Israeli. I could leave many examples of the inaccurate and one-sided nature of this podcast. Do not rely on it for obtaining facts, nuance, or context. Look elsewhere.

cartiran ,

The World Is Listening

The world see and understand now the shame of us being silent on the pain inflicted against the Palestinians by Israelis. Thanks to voices willing to expose the truth and demand justice for Palestine do we now feel the momentum to help free Palestine. Enough is a enough!

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