'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).
What happened in Burqa, Nablus - Part 2
Listen to host Diana Buttu as she delves deep into a chapter of Palestinian history. Journey back to 1973, when under the cloak of night, Israeli soldiers seized a scenic hilltop near the town of Burqa, Nablus. Once a serene haven of apple orchards and mesmerizing terraces, this 173 dunam (approximately 43 acres) land, owned by Palestinians, was transformed overnight. Families who once flocked here to immerse themselves in nature's embrace suddenly found their beloved land overtaken to establish a military base, subsequently morphing into the Israeli settlement of Homesh. This episode sheds light on the resulting geopolitical divisions and the devastating impact of settler terrorism on the residents of Burqa. Join Diana for a gripping narration of how landscapes and lives can change, leaving legacies of lost connections and longing.
What happened in Burqa, Ramallah - Part 1
In part one of this two-part special, host Diana Buttu dives deep into the stories of two West Bank towns with identical names: Burqa. Beyond their names, these towns are united by an overwhelming challenge — the presence of Israeli settlers, soldiers, and a legal system that often appears to favor land acquisition. Our journey begins in Burqa near Ramallah. Just a few weeks ago, a tragic event took place as Israeli settlers took the life of an 18-year-old Palestinian, Qusai Mitan.
Listen as Diana speaks to Qusai's grieving family, delving into the harrowing narrative of how settlers, often backed by violence and a biased legal framework, perpetuate land seizures. But to even reach Burqa, Diana had to navigate numerous Israeli-imposed roadblocks, which have isolated Burqa from its neighboring towns. Tune in to hear firsthand accounts, raw emotions, and stories from the ground.
Israel's Judicial Overhaul Explained
In this episode, host @dianabuttu speaks with Hassan Jabareen, the founder and General Director of Adalah, a human rights organization based in Haifa that focuses on the rights of Palestinians. For more than 25 years, Hassan has litigated scores of landmark cases regarding Palestinians before the Israeli Supreme Court. Hassan explains to us how Israel’s judicial overhaul impacts Palestinians living under Israel’s rule - whether as so-called citizens or those in the occupied territory. Follow @adalah.legal.center for more information on their work.
Israel's Invasion of Jenin
Last week, the Israeli military began a two-day invasion in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Israeli soldiers killed 12 Palestinians—including at least 4 children—left over 100 Palestinians injured, and destroyed dozens of homes.
Most Palestinian families living in Jenin’s refugee camp were forced out of their homes by violent militias in 1948 in order to steal their land and create Israel. Their stories are ones of survival under relentless violence at the hands of Israeli occupation and apartheid. Host Diana Buttu breaks down the recent Israeli attacks on Jenin and what it all means.
The Occupied West Bank On Fire: Israeli Settler Violence and Annexation
Diana Buttu breaks down the escalating Israeli violence in Palestine. We've seen hundreds of Israeli settlers attacking Palestinian towns, setting homes and cars on fire. This comes on the heels of a violent invasion by the Israeli military into the Palestinian city of Jenin, which resulted in the loss of six Palestinian lives, including two children, and wounded at least 90 more. For the first time in 2 decades, Israel attacked Palestinians using a helicopter. The helicopter shot a rocket at a Palestinian refugee camp. Additionally, Israel announced plans last week to build over 4,000 illegal settlements homes on Palestinian land, signaling an unsettling intensification of the occupation. Together, these events paint a concerning picture of a far-right government escalating its daily violence against Palestinians, encouraging its citizens to participate, and stealing more Palestinian land.
Drawing Hope: Mohammad Sabaaneh, Renowned Palestinian Cartoonist
Join Diana Buttu as she engages in a captivating conversation with the renowned Palestinian political cartoonist and author, Mohammad Sabaaneh. Delve into the world of Sabaaneh's mesmerizing black-and-white illustrations that powerfully depict the daily oppression endured by Palestinians under Israeli occupation. In this episode, we explore the depths of Sabaaneh's award-winning graphic novel, "Power Born of Dreams: My Story Is Palestine," which chronicles his personal journey of enduring five months of imprisonment by Israel. Gain insight into Sabaaneh's life in Ramallah and his role as a professor at the esteemed Arab American University of Palestine. Prepare to be inspired by the boundless hope that resonates through Sabaaneh's art, touching hearts across the globe.
An important voice
A podcast presenting the diversity of Palestinian voices/lives. Important advocacy for Palestinian politics. Awesome.
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!
SO F-KING HORRIBLE! Terrorists!
Lies, lies, lies! Palestine isn’t a place it’s a cult!!! They slaughter innocent Israeli kids and then celebrate! It is horrible don’t fall for this! 🇮🇱❤️