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).
Anti-BDS Laws and the Politics Around Them
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement. Since its formal launch in 2005, the BDS movement has had a major impact on ending international support for Israeli apartheid, with companies now divesting from or not investing in Israel including companies like Ben and Jerry’s. Owing to the strength of the BDS movement in the US and in Palestine, Israel has sought to break it. To date, 33 US States have passed anti-BDS laws - laws that aim to stop individuals and companies from securing contracts if they support the BDS movement. It is in this light that the Just Vision film, titled Boycott, is made. Boycott follows the attempts to challenge these anti-BDS laws in a number of US States including Texas, Arkansas and Arizona. Today we speak with the films director Julia Bacha and Bahia Amawi.
Jun 9
25 min
Remembering Shireen Abu Akleh: A Beloved Palestinian-American Journalist Killed by Israeli Soldiers
Shireen Abu Akleh was a trailblazing Palestinian journalist who spent decades covering Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestine. On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers fatally shot her in the face while she was reporting on the Israeli military’s invasion of a home in the Palestinian city of Jenin. Shireen was wearing a clearly marked press vest and helmet, but Israeli soldiers shot her and fellow journalists anyway, killing Shireen and wounding others. As an Al Jazeera correspondent born in Jerusalem, Shireen amplified the stories of Palestinians who were subjected to Israel’s brutal military occupation, its war crimes, and its everyday injustices.
May 11
21 min
The Story of Ahmad Manasra
This is the story of Ahmad Manasra, a 13-year-old boy, from Jerusalem, Palestine who has spent one-third of his life in an Israeli prison cell often confined to solitary confinement.
Apr 30
8 min
What’s Happening in Jerusalem Right Now?
Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa mosque compound today as Palestinian worshippers gathered for morning prayer. At least 158 Palestinians have been injured, including journalists, medics, and the elderly. Israeli forces also arrested hundreds of Palestinians, including children. Israeli settlers are also planning to make an animal sacrifice on the Al-Aqsa compound, a holy site for Palestinian Muslims. Hosts Omar Baddar and Diana Buttu discuss this recent escalation of violence and what it means in the fuller context of Israel's military occupation.
Apr 15
18 min
Love Under Israeli Apartheid
This episode was originally published on July 14, 2021. 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.
Mar 31
17 min
Palestinians use Running to Combat Lack of Freedom of Movement
On this week's episode Diana Buttu sits down with George Zeidan, co-founder of the Right to Movement Campaign. A running group was founded as a way to challenge the lack of freedom of movement in occupied Palestine. Diana and George discuss how the Right to Movement Campaign was started, the Palestine Marathon, a bi-product of the movement, and what the future holds for grassroots movements in continuing to challenge barriers created by the Israeli occupation.
Mar 21
23 min
A Palestinian Family’s Fight to Keep Their Home in Sheikh Jarrah
In this week’s episode, Diana Buttu speaks to the matriarch of the Salem family, Fatima Salem. The Salem family has been fighting to keep their home in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Israeli settler organizations have been pushing to have the Salem family, and others in Sheikh Jarrah, removed from their homes. We hear about Fatima’s strength and fight to keep her home against Israel’s systems of expulsion and dispossession.
Mar 14
8 min
Amnesty International Says Israel is Guilty of Apartheid
Amnesty International's new report breaks down the legal case providing that Israel is breaking international law and committing the crime of apartheid. Host Omar Baddar and Diana Buttu discuss this new report and what it means.
Feb 7
28 min
Ethnic Cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and the Killing of an 80-year-old Palestinian American
Diana and Omar discuss the recent escalation of violence by Israeli occupation forces, including ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah and the killing of an 80-year-old Palestinian American.
Jan 21
30 min
Palestine 2021: A Look Back
In our last episode of the year, we look back at what 2021 meant for Palestine and what 2022 may hold. From the departure of Donald Trump and the new administration of President Biden to the ousting of Netanyahu and Israel's escalation of violence in May starting with the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Hosts Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar discuss these challenges and some positive highlights that came out of 2021. Thanks for listening with us and see you in the new year!
Dec 27, 2021
33 min
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