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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... more

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Episodes

Censoring Palestinian Student Activism

In this episode of “This is Palestine,” we speak with Palestinian American Columbia student Maryam Alwan about the rise in... more

13 May 2024 · 24 minutes
Healing Under Genocide: Gaza's Healthcare Crisis

Over the past six months, Israel has internationally destroyed Gaza’s healthcare system as part of its genocidal campaign. By November... more

30 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Confronting Genocide: Insights from the ICJ Ruling on Israel

In this episode, host Diana Buttu speaks with Palestinian human rights lawyer Ahmed Abofoul about South Africa’s case at the... more

20 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Gaza: World's Deadliest Place for Journalists

In this episode, we take a deeper look into Israel’s deliberate targeting and killing of Palestinian journalists in Gaza. Killing... more

12 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
The Silencing of Palestinian Students in Israeli Universities

In the aftermath of October 7, Palestinian students at Israeli higher education institutions quickly faced attacks for their social media... more

31 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Connecting Gaza To The World

On October the 27th, Israel cut off all phone and internet communications to the Gaza Strip, further plunging the area... more

23 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Recap: South Africa & Israel’s Week 1 at the ICJ

The case in which South Africa accuses Israel of violating the genocide convention at the International Court of Justice began... more

13 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
South Africa Charges Israel with Genocide: What You Need to Know

This week, South Africa is accusing Israel of committing genocide in front of the International Court of Justice or the... more

11 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Reverend Mitri Raheb: Why Christmas in Palestine is Canceled This Year

Last month, the Bethlehem municipality announced the cancellation of Christmas celebrations in the city of Christ’s birth, as a gesture... more

20 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Hope Amidst Ruins: Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta’s Frontline Testimony in Gaza

For our 100th episode, Diana Buttu speaks with Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, a renowned British-Palestinian doctor. Just two days into Israel's... more

15 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
A Palestinian Teenager’s Experience in an Israeli Prison

As of the time of this recording, Israel has temporarily halted its brutal bombing campaign on the Gaza Strip. As... more

01 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Former Top UN Official Craig Mokhiber on Israel’s Genocide

It has been more than 46 days since Israel began its brutal bombing campaign against Palestinians in Gaza. During this... more

22 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
Palestine and Social Media

Time and time again, we've witnessed the familiar cycle: Israel launches a brutal bombing campaign on Gaza, putting Palestine into... more

15 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
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... more

09 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
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... more

03 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
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... more

01 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
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... more

25 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Voices From Gaza

Israel gave the UN 24 hours to evacuate 1.1 million Palestinians from northern Gaza. That is impossible. Roads have been... more

16 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
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... more

10 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
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

19 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
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,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 22 minutes
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... more

14 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
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... more

31 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
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... more

10 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
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... more

12 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
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... more

23 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
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.... more

08 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Rock Climbing in Palestine

In today’s episode, we hear from Palestinian American writer, podcaster, rock climber, and now filmmaker Andrew Bisharat. Bisharat stars in... more

23 May 2023 · 35 minutes
The Life of Palestinian Political Prisoner Khader Adnan

On his 86th day of hunger strike, Sheikh Khader Adnan died in Ramle Prison, where he has been held since... more

02 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Palestinian Political Prisoners Part 2

This is Part 2 of our Palestinian political prisoners episodes. We speak with Dr. Malaka Shwaikh, lecturer at University of... more

01 May 2023 · 51 minutes
Palestinian Political Prisoners Part 1

This is Part 1 of our Palestinian political prisoners episode. We hear from former Palestinian political prisoners, Khader Adnan and... more

27 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Ahed Tamimi: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom

Host Diana Buttu speaks with renowned Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi about her new book, They Called Me A Lioness:... more

20 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
Israeli Settlers Set Palestinian Town on Fire

On February 26, the Palestinian town of Huwara became the site of a violent attack by Israeli settlers, with... more

15 Mar 2023 · 10 minutes
A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom

For International Women's Day, we are thrilled to highlight the voices of powerful Palestinian women who are breaking barriers and... more

06 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Israel's Government Seeks to Limit the Powers of Its Supreme Court

In this episode, host Diana Buttu discusses Israel's extremist government and its efforts to weaken its Supreme Court. We explore... more

02 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Israel's New Extremist Government

Benjamin Netanyahu is back as Israel's Prime Minister. He has formed a coalition with far-right, extremist, leaders like Itamar Ben... more

20 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
The Palestinian Museum and "A People by the Sea"

On today’s episode, Diana Buttu speaks with Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Director of the Palestinian Museum. Dr. Hanieh talks to us... more

18 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
The Palestinian story of Farha

On today’s episode, Diana Buttu speaks with the award-winning Jordanian-of-Palestinian-origin, film director and writer, Darin Sallam. We speak to Sallam... more

11 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
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... more

15 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
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... more

05 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
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... more

28 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
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... more

15 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

01 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
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... more

24 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
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.... more

29 Sep 2022 · 9 minutes
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... more

26 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
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... more

15 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

09 Sep 2022 · 22 minutes
Palestinian Who's Who: Nujoud Fahoum Merancy

This is the first in our 'Palestinian Who's Who' series, where we highlight Palestinians doing amazing things in their respective... more

05 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Israel's Attack on Palestinian Human Rights Orgs

On the 18th of August, Israelis conducted a raid in the middle of the night into Ramallah, breaking into the... more

29 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Meet Palestinian-American Comedian Mo Amer

Today’s episode features a very special and very funny guest, Mo Amer. A Palestinian refugee and a successful comedian with... more

25 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
The Future of Gaza with Issam Adwan

In this week’s episode, host Diana Buttu, speaks with Issam Adwan, a Rafah-based journalist, researcher, and analyst. Two months ago,... more

22 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Joe Biden in Palestine

Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar discuss Biden’s visit to Palestine and Israel: What was said, what was left unsaid, and... more

16 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Why Won't Biden Hold Israel Accountable for Killing Shireen Abu Akleh

With President Biden about to visit Palestine and Israel, we speak with Lina Abu Akleh, niece of slain Palestinian-American journalist... more

08 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
Israel's Fifth Elections in Three Years

In this week’s episode, Diana Buttu breaks down the collapse of the Israeli government which has prompted Knesset elections for... more

30 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
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... more

09 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
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... more

11 May 2022 · 21 minutes
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... more

30 Apr 2022 · 8 minutes
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... more

15 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

31 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
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... more

21 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
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... more

14 Mar 2022 · 8 minutes
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... more

07 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
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... more

21 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
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... more

27 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
Why Israel Shouldn't Break Into the US Visa Waiver Program

Host Omar Baddar sits down with Maya Berry, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute to discuss Biden's administration to... more

22 Nov 2021 · 19 minutes
The Palestinian Herb That Became An Israeli Crime

In this episode, host Diana Buttu speaks with human rights attorney Rabea Eghbariah, on how foraging wild herbs, like za’atar,... more

18 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
The Palestinian Town of Silwan

In this episode, host Diana Buttu will focus on Silwan, where Israel wants to build an Israeli religious theme... more

18 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Belal Muhammad: A Palestinian Fighter In and Out of the Octagon

In today’s episode, Omar Baddar speaks with emerging Palestinian UFC star Belal Muhammad, a Palestinian-American mixed martial artist born and... more

25 Aug 2021 · 24 minutes
Occupation Through the Eyes of a Mayor

Host Omar Baddar sits down with the mayor of Ramallah Musa Hadid and film director David Osit to discuss their... more

19 Aug 2021 · 36 minutes
Love Under Israeli Apartheid

In today’s episode, we will hear from journalist and activist Joharah Baker. She discusses the hardships of being with her... more

14 Jul 2021 · 17 minutes
The Palestinian Authority's Crackdown on Dissent

As Palestinians continue to protests against the killing of Nizar Banat, they have highlighted the discontent with the Palestinian Authority... more

07 Jul 2021 · 19 minutes
The Digital Occupation: Social Media Censorship of Palestinian Content

Palestinians are increasingly turning to social media to highlight what life is like under Israeli military rule. For example, weeks... more

07 Jun 2021 · 36 minutes
New Israeli Government: Now What?

Diana Buttu explains to Omar Baddar what the political dynamics within Israel are with Naftali Bennet on the verge of... more

03 Jun 2021 · 24 minutes
Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Palestine in U.S. Politics

One week ago, Israel was ruthlessly bombing Gaza. President Biden made a stop in Michigan to give a speech at... more

26 May 2021 · 33 minutes
A Father From Gaza

In today’s episode, we will hear from Fadi Abushammala, a community organizer based in the Gaza Strip. Fadi is also... more

15 May 2021 · 17 minutes
What's Happening in Palestine Right Now?

Amidst all the headlines and breaking news, it can be confusing to make sense of what’s happening in Palestine/Israel right... more

11 May 2021 · 19 minutes
Jerusalem and Human Rights Watch’s Apartheid Report

We have a two-part episode today! In the first part hosts Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar, discuss the recent violence... more

03 May 2021 · 23 minutes
Groundbreaking Bill on Palestinian Human Rights

On Thursday, April 15, Rep. Betty McCollum introduced H.R. 2590 a groundbreaking Palestinian rights bill. Which aims to prohibit Israeli... more

19 Apr 2021 · 32 minutes
Where is Justice for Alex Odeh?

Alex Odeh was murdered in California more than 35 years ago for being an Arab American activist who advocated for... more

08 Apr 2021 · 35 minutes
The Kahanist Resurgence

After years of being banned from Israeli politics for their embrace of terrorism and racist violence, followers of Rabbi Meir... more

06 Apr 2021 · 27 minutes
Palestinian Film 'The Present' Nominated for an Oscar!

The Palestinian short film 'The Present' has been nominated for an academy award! Directed by Farah Nabulsi, the film powerfully... more

31 Mar 2021 · 27 minutes
The Ethnic Cleansing of Sheikh Jarrah

In today's episode hosts Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar speak on the ongoing ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem by Israel,... more

17 Mar 2021 · 23 minutes
The ICC and Israel's War Crimes

The International Criminal Court announced it would investigate Israel for war crimes. Israel and the United States reacted strongly against... more

09 Mar 2021 · 14 minutes
Progressive Except on Palestine with Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick

In this episode, host Diana Buttu speaks with Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick to discuss their latest book, Except... more

10 Feb 2021 · 42 minutes
Israeli Elections: Groundhog Day

Israel is heading into its fourth election in the last two years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now courting Palestinian... more

04 Feb 2021 · 30 minutes
Israel’s Medical Apartheid

Today we will speak with Dr. Yara Asi. Yara M. Asi is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Central... more

15 Jan 2021 · 19 minutes
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... more

29 Dec 2020 · 30 minutes
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... more

23 Dec 2020 · 26 minutes
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,... more

02 Dec 2020 · 20 minutes
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... more

25 Nov 2020 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
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... more

10 Nov 2020 · 33 minutes
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... more

26 Oct 2020 · 33 minutes
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... more

09 Oct 2020 · 22 minutes
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... more

29 Sep 2020 · 24 minutes
The Israel/UAE Deal and What it Means for Palestine

Hosts Diana Buttu and Omar Baddar break down what the recent normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and... more

21 Aug 2020 · 26 minutes
From Ramallah To Project Runway To NYC: Palestinian Designer Rami Kashou

In today’s episode, we hear from Rami Kashou, a Palestinian designer based in New York. Rami Kashou was a finalist... more

20 Aug 2020 · 35 minutes
Controlling Palestinian Bodies in Life and Death

Diana Buttu speaks with Sawsan Zaher, an attorney at Adalah, a Haifa-based organization that promotes the rights of Palestinian citizens... more

23 Jul 2020 · 14 minutes
Ahmad Erekat and Israel's 'Shoot to Kill' Policy

On June 23, Israeli soldiers shot Ahmad Erekat after he got into a car accident at a checkpoint. It was... more

14 Jul 2020 · 38 minutes
The Killing of Eyad Hallaq

Eyad Hallaq, 32, was on his way to a school for special needs students in the historic Old City of... more

02 Jul 2020 · 13 minutes
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From Pompeo's attack on BDS to the battle for free speech on college campuses, anti-Semitism is being weaponized to silence criticism of... more