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).
Gaza's Catastrophic Medical Crisis
Israel has been bombing the besieged Gaza Strip nonstop. Israel has cut off water supplies, fuel supplies, electricity supplies and even food and has prevented virtually all supplies from countries around the world from reaching the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel has killed over 10,000 Palestinians, including more than 4,100 children. Additionally, thousands remain trapped beneath the rubble, desperate for help. We shed light on the situation at al-Shifa, Gaza Strip's largest hospital, which has become both a medical center for treating the wounded and a refuge for over 40,000 Palestinians. Israel is threatening to bomb it. Our guest, Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency room physician and associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, shares his firsthand experiences, including being shot by the Israeli army while treating victims during the Great Return March. Please be advised that some of the descriptions in this episode are graphic.
Nov 9
32 min
Israel Imprisoned and Tortured Thousands of Palestinian Workers from Gaza
Thousands of Palestinians from Gaza who work in Israel disappeared after Oct 7th. On October 10th, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, also known as COGAT, unilaterally revoked all the work permits it had previously granted to Gaza workers, abruptly turning them into “illegal aliens.” According to reports, Israel illegally imprisoned and tortured them before releasing them back into Gaza on November 3rd. Israel permits a small number of Palestinian workers from Gaza to enter Israel each day to do dangerous, low-wage work. Palestinians from Gaza endure these conditions to provide for their families. “I wanted to die,” said one Palestinian worker who Israel tortured and released. He says Israeli soldiers beat him and others in a dark room, and deprived them of food, water, and medication. The host of this podcast, Diana Buttu, breaks it all down. Correction: 3,000 went back to Gaza, not 7,000.
Nov 3
22 min
Nakba 2.0: Israel’s War on Palestinians
Today marks the 25th day of Israel's ongoing bombing campaign in Gaza. The death toll has tragically risen to over 8,525 Palestinians, including more than 3,542 children at the time of this recording. These numbers, however, don't capture the full extent of the human tragedy, such as the people killed today by Israel's bombing in the Jabilya refugee camp in northern Gaza. In recent days, a 10-page document dated October 13, 2023, has come to light, prominently featuring the logo of Israel's Intelligence Ministry. The document presents a comprehensive assessment of three potential courses of action concerning the future of Palestinians residing in the Gaza Strip, all within the context of the ongoing conflict. Notably, it advocates for a full-scale population transfer as the preferred strategy. Furthermore, the document calls upon Israel to seek international support for this proposed initiative. It is worth noting that the authenticity of this document has been officially confirmed by the Intelligence Ministry itself. Additionally, the document has been made available in its entirety in English on the +972 platform for further examination. This plan has evoked comparisons to the 1948 Nakba when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes. Diana Buttu breaks it all down and explains the attacks Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and in Israel have been facing.
Oct 31
28 min
Voices From Gaza Part 2
This podcast was recorded on October 22nd. Since then, the number of Palestinians killed has increased, with Israel now having killed over 6,547 Palestinians, including at least 2,704 children. We hear from several Palestinians in Gaza and the horrific experience they are enduring.
Oct 25
13 min
Voices From Gaza
Israel gave the UN 24 hours to evacuate 1.1 million Palestinians from northern Gaza. That is impossible. Roads have been completely destroyed. Experts have warned that an Israeli ground invasion expected to follow would result in horrific mass violence against Palestinian civilians, including mass displacement. Palestinians are being told to leave, but they are completely trapped with nowhere to turn for safety. At the time of this recording, Israel has already killed more than 2000 Palestinians, and more than 700 children since Saturday. In that time, Israel has also killed at least 12 UN workers. We hear from several Palestinians in Gaza and the horrific experience they are enduring. Our first story comes from a mother, Both her family and her husband’s family are refugees, a harsh reality that nearly 80% of residents in the Gaza Strip face. Now, they find themselves reliving the ordeal their grandparents endured 75 years ago during the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe. We now turn to Bisan, a content creator from the Gaza Strip. On a normal day, her Instagram would be filled with videos showing the beauty of Gaza and its people. However, now, her feed is documenting the daily atrocities she and the people of Gaza are facing from Israel’s attacks. Lastly, we hear from Afaf, who made the harrowing decision to flee with her family to the southern part of Gaza after the Israeli army dropped leaflets in neighborhoods, instructing Palestinians to evacuate their homes and head south in only 24 hours. Israel’s 24-hour evacuation order for 1.1+ million Palestinians in north Gaza isn’t just impossible—it’s a war crime.
Oct 15
9 min
The Gaza Crisis: Whats Unfolding
Israel continues to rain bombs on Gaza, home to more than 2 million Palestinians—half of them children—who have been trapped there under a suffocating Israeli siege for over 16 years. With no route to safety, Palestinians in Gaza face each day with the dread of a potential airstrike on their community, unsure if their homes will remain standing by nightfall. Host Diana Buttu welcomes her former co-host, Omar Baddar, to discuss the current violence, the US response, and what’s to come.
Oct 10
29 min
The Oslo Accords Part 2
It's been 30 years since the #OsloAccords, and Palestinians have received nothing but fewer rights, increased settler land theft, and more Israeli violence. The "peace process" was a sham. Host Diana Buttu breaks down the Oslo Accords and the legacy they left behind. Listen to part 2 of our Oslo Accords episode.
Sep 19
15 min
The Oslo Accords Part 1
It's been 30 years since the Oslo Accords, and Palestinians have received nothing but fewer rights, increased settler land theft, and more Israeli violence. The "peace process" was a sham. Host Diana Buttu breaks down the Oslo Accords and the legacy they left behind.
Sep 18
22 min
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.
Sep 14
12 min
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.
Aug 31
12 min
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