This Is Palestine
This Is Palestine
The Institute of Middle East Understanding
'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).
Palestinian soccer legend, Honey Thaljieh, and the World Cup
Honey is one of Palestine’s first professional female soccer players and was the co-founder and captain of the Palestinian Women’s National Football Team. She speaks with us live from the World Cup. She tells us what it is like to witness Palestinian solidarity at the World Cup, how she began her soccer career, forming a national team, and her work with FIFA.
Dec 15, 2022
22 min
Palestinian Who's Who: Reem Assil
Host Diana Buttu speaks with Palestinian-Syrian chef and Bay Area activist Reem Assil. The episode delves into Reem’s new cookbook Arabiyya: Recipes from the Life of an Arab in Diaspora, touching on how her Arab heritage influences her social justice-centered approach to food, the challenges she faced building an Arab community restaurant in the heart of Oakland, and more. Listen to learn more about the powerful work Reem Assil is doing and what exciting plans she has to come.
Dec 5, 2022
17 min
Olive Harvest in Palestine
In today’s episode, host Diana Buttu, takes us on a deep dive into all things olives and their strong connection to Palestine. Diana speaks with olive expert, Dr. Osama Odeh, from the Palestinian village of Biddya, coincidentally meaning the ‘stone to crush olives.’ Dr.Osama is an electro-chemist but has spent his life learning about his first love- olives, olive oil, and their history in Palestine.
Nov 28, 2022
14 min
Palestinian Who’s Who: Malak Mattar, Palestinian Artist from Gaza
In this episode of Palestinians You Should Know, host Diana Buttu speaks with the Palestinian artist, Malak Matar. Malak is an artist from the Gaza Strip, Palestine. She paints expressionist faces, figures, and semi-abstract designs. During the 51-day Israeli military assault on Gaza in 2014 that forced her to stay inside her house, she felt a compelling need to release all her pent-up emotions. Malak speaks to us about what inspired her and how she hopes to inspire young Palestinian artists.
Nov 15, 2022
18 min
What Israel’s 5th Election means for Palestinians
Israel is going into their fifth round of elections since 2019. Host Diana Buttu breaks down what this means for Palestinians, how racist Israeli policies impact Palestinians both in Israel and the West Bank, and if we will see the return of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Nov 1, 2022
20 min
Stranger in My Own Land with Fida Jiryis
Diana Buttu speaks with Fida Jiryis about her new book ‘Stranger in my Own Land'. Fida is a writer and editor from Fassouta, in the upper Galilee, but currently resides in Ramallah. Fida writes about life as a Palestinian and the complexities within identity. She takes us on her unique and often tragic family journey, as Fida and her family were one of a few Palestinian families able to return to historic Palestine following the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
Oct 23, 2022
14 min
The Fight Against Israel’s Medical Apartheid
In this episode, we hear from Mohamed Hamed, the executive director and founder of the Mariam Foundation based in Nazareth. The Mariam Foundation provides assistance to Palestinian cancer patients from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, treated in Israeli hospitals. The Mariam Foundation is named after Mohamed’s sister, Mariam, who passed away at nine years old from leukemia. Mohamed vowed to devote his life and time to Palestinian children treated in Israeli hospitals. We hear from Mohamed about the work of the Mariam Foundation, and how the Mariam Foundation works to ensure that Palestinians -from the river to the sea- are afforded medical care.
Sep 29, 2022
9 min
Google’s Anti-Palestinian Racism and Project Nimbus
In this episode, we hear from Ariel Koren, a former Google employee who resigned because of a hostile work environment due to her social activism. Ariel spoke out against Project Nimbus, Google’s $1 billion artificial intelligence and surveillance contract with the Israeli military because she knew it would undoubtedly be used to harm Palestinians.
Sep 26, 2022
25 min
The Art from Dar Jacir
Diana Buttu speaks with two incredible Palestinian disciplinary artists, Emily Jacir and Nicolas Jaar. Emily is an award-winning artist who works in several genres including, film, photography, sculpture, interventions, archiving, performance, video, writing, and sound. In addition to being an artist, Emily has been actively involved in education in Palestine for more than 20 years. Nicolas Jaar is Palestinian-Chilean DJ and multi-disciplinary resident artist at Dar Jacir who has been holding workshops in Dar Jacir since 2018. Most recently, Nicolas Jaar taught a workshop titled “(un)building listenings” an introductory study group on how to use audio editing software to (un)build stories for visual art. Diana speaks to them about the history of the home, Dar Jacir, the projects held there and how the home itself has created a space of inspiration, safeness, and creativity within the Palestinian arts.
Sep 15, 2022
30 min
Cherien Dabis and the Art of Palestinian Storytelling
Host Diana Buttu speaks with award-winning director, writer, and actress, Cherien Dabis. Cherien could be the first woman of color to win an Emmy in the “Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series” for Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, episode, “The Boy From 6B”. Cherien speaks about her Palestinian identity, how it has shaped her storytelling, and her experience in the new groundbreaking Netflix series 'MO' starring alongside Palestinian-American comedian Mo Amer as his sister.
Sep 9, 2022
22 min
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