This Is Palestine

This Is Palestine

The Institute of Middle East Understanding
Israel’s Medical Apartheid
Jan 15, 2021 19 min

Israel’s Medical Apartheid

Today we will speak with Dr. Yara Asi. Yara M. Asi is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Central Florida, where she teaches in the Department of Health Management and Informatics. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the West Bank. Her research focuses on global health and development in fragile and conflict-affected populations. She has written extensively on the impact of COVID-19 on Palestinians and her most recent op-ed on Palestinians and the coronavirus vaccine appeared in the Washington Post.
Palestine 2020: A Look Back
Dec 29, 2020 30 min

Palestine 2020: A Look Back

In our last episode of the year, we look back at what 2020 meant for Palestine and what 2021 may hold. From a deadly global pandemic to Trump and Israel’s acceleration of violence towards Palestinians, 2020 had many challenges for Palestinians. Hosts Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar discuss these challenges and some positive highlights that came out of 2020. Thanks for listening with us and see you in the new year!
The Spirit of Palestine: Producing Arak Under Occupation
Dec 23, 2020 26 min

The Spirit of Palestine: Producing Arak Under Occupation

Host Diana Buttu is joined by Nader Muaddi. Nader is a Palestinian-American owner of Muaddi Craft Distillery that produces Arak Muaddi - The Spirit of Palestine. Nader moved to Palestine in 2007 and began distilling arak in 2018, using a traditions-old recipe and indigenous Palestinian grapes. His arak has earned him 6 awards. We will hear from Nader about how he produces arak, the impact of the Israeli occupation on his work, and his passion for the art and craft of distilling arak.
Susan Abulhawa and Palestine Writes Literature Festival
Dec 02, 2020 20 min

Susan Abulhawa and Palestine Writes Literature Festival

This week, we will hear from Susan Abulhawa. Susan is an award-winning novelist, essayist, activist, and scientist. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin is an international best-seller, with the book translated into 30 languages. Her most recent book Against the Loveless World was published earlier this year by Atria Books. Susan is also the co-chair of the Palestine Writes Literature Festival which will take place virtually from December 2nd to December 6th. Palestine Writes will bring together writers, artists, publishers, booksellers, and scholars to hold conversations about art, literature, and the intersections between culture, struggle, and politics. We will talk about the Festival and her latest book.
The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism
Nov 25, 2020 1 hr 14 min

The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism

From Pompeo's attack on BDS to the battle for free speech on college campuses, anti-Semitism is being weaponized to silence criticism of Israel and stifle advocacy for Palestinian rights. Omar Baddar speaks with Diana Buttu, Lara Friedman, and Roua Daas about this crisis of free expression and political speech.
The End of Trump: What's Next?
Nov 10, 2020 33 min

The End of Trump: What's Next?

In today's episode hosts Omar Baddar and Diana Buttu discuss the recent U.S. election, Trump's terrible legacy on Palestine, and what the new President-Elect Joe Biden's presidency will mean for Palestine and Palestinians.
The Presidential Election and the Impact on Palestinians
Oct 28, 2020 32 min

The Presidential Election and the Impact on Palestinians

Palestinian-American organizer Linda Sarsour and USCPR Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid discuss the upcoming U.S. presidential election, including its impact on progressive organizing, the Palestinian-American community and policy towards Palestine, with host Omar Baddar. Sarsour has been active on a wide range of progressive issues and is the author of a new book: We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders. Prior to heading the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Abuznaid was the co-founder of Dream Defenders, which organizes black and brown youth to build power in communities of color.
20th Anniversary of the 2nd Palestinian Intifada
Oct 26, 2020 33 min

20th Anniversary of the 2nd Palestinian Intifada

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Second Palestinian intifada or uprising, an uprising sparked when Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon visited the Haram al-Sharif in Jerusalem under heavy guard to assert Jewish claims to the site. Party members and 1,000 Israeli riot police accompanied him. To crush protests, Israeli forces used live fire, killing 50 Palestinians in the first week alone, including 13 Palestinian citizens of Israel. Some were shot in the back. Under the guise of the intifada, Israel ramped up its policy of home destruction, it tightened its closure regime, cutting off the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, and Israel resumed its assassination policy. Israeli forces invaded Palestinian cities and towns, carrying out mass arrests and using Palestinian as human shields. To discuss the intifada, host Diana Buttu speaks with colleague Amanda Saadeh and veteran Palestinian journalist Nidal Rafa. Nidal was a freelance journalist who worked for a number of US news media outlets during the second intifada. We will hear from Nidal about her experiences during the intifada, her memories and her feelings about it. Amanda also turns the mic on me, asking me about my experiences during the intifada.
Bahraini Activist and Human Rights Defender Maryam Al-Khawaja
Oct 09, 2020 22 min

Bahraini Activist and Human Rights Defender Maryam Al-Khawaja

Host Diana Buttu speaks with Bahraini human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja about her pro-democracy work in Bahrain, her country’s normalization deal with Israel, and Bahraini solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.
The Ravages of COVID-19 in Palestine
Sep 29, 2020 24 min

The Ravages of COVID-19 in Palestine

COVID-19 is spreading quickly in the West Bank as Gaza goes on a tight lockdown. With Israel having one of the highest infection rates in the world, the impact on Palestine is devastating and the disparity in resources between occupier and occupied is impacting policy. Hosts Omar Baddar and Diana Buttu, along with Ramallah-based Amanda Arraf-Saadeh from the IMEU team, discuss the reality on the ground in Palestine and what life is like.