Sat, 26 May 2012
Lydia David reports for Palestine News Network on efforts to support communities in the South Hebron hills, in the occupied West Bank. The communities are oppressed by the Israeli authorities, and are subject to Jewish and Israeli settlement efforts.
There is a new website and campaign of support up at http://almufaqarah.
Fri, 25 May 2012
DJ Ev Daddy and Matt Graber are back together on Radio Against Apartheid, amplifying voices for justice and equality in the Middle East on West Philly's community radio station, WPEB 88.1 FM.
- An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Barbara Lee (D-CA) in the House was voted down last week, 113-303. The amendment would have called for an immediate end of military operations in Afghanistan, and funds to be committed only to ensure a safe and swift withdrawal from the country.
- Last week, The United States sold weaponized predator drones to the government of Iraq to patrol their oil fields.
- Amidst a shadow war being waged by the United States and the government of Yemen, a blast on Monday, May 21 killed close to 100 people and wounded over 300. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attack.
- In the occupied territories, on Saturday, May 19th, settlers from the Itzhar settlement attacked the Palestinian village of Asira al-Qabliya. First, settlers set fire to the Palestinians' fields. Then, one settler shot a Palestinian in the head as Israeli soldiers stood idly by.
- On Sunday, May 20th, over 30,000 Israelis gathered in Jerusalem to mark Jerusalem Day, or the March of Flags. The holiday marks the 1967 annexation of East Jerusalem, and the unification of the city, for Israelis. The annexation has never been recognized by international law, and East Jerusalem remains occupied territory.
Then, we speak about the NATO summit this past weekend in Chicago. Thousands took to the streets to confront military leaders of NATO, and demand an end to the US war machine. The demonstration was met with brutal police violence and repression, with protesters being clubbed over the head and hit in the faces with billy clubs by the Chicago police department. We speak with two people who were there over the weekend, Ajaye Hill and Taylor Gunsauley.
Finally, we speak with Chairwomyn Ahuviya Harel ahead of next week's Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia. During the Equality Forum protests here in Philadelphia, Ahuviya was met with transphobic threats of violence. Nurit Shein, the Executive Director of the Mazzoni Center - Philadelphia's leading provider of health services to the LGBTQ community - voiced support for these threats, and belittled Ahuviya on May 3, 2012. We speak with Ahuviya about the incident, and why she supports Palestinian rights, as well as cis-gender privilege.
Fri, 18 May 2012
On this week's show, Matt Graber is joined by friend and ally in the struggle, Wafai Dias, a Palestinian student at Temple University and member of Temple Students for Justice in Palestine
First, we give an update on the Palestinian prisoner hunger strikes, which have all but ended, with the prisoners' committee reaching an agreement with the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Four prisoners - Mohammad Taj, Mahmoud Sarsak, Akram Rikhawi, and Mohammad AbdelAziz - continue their hunger strikes to protest cruel conditions and arbitrary detention policies. About 2,000 prisoners have ended their hunger strikes and taken food, after the Israeli Prison Service agreed to adjust their educational, visitation, solitary confinement, and other policies.
Then, Wafai gives us background on al Nakba - the catastrophe - the forced removal of over 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and their lands from 1946 to 1948 with the founding of the state of Israel. May 15 marks Nakba Day for Palestinians across the globe.
Wafai tells listeners about the massacre of the people of her family's village, Deir Yassin, in 1948.
The ethnic cleansing of Palestine was not just a historic event, but it is a casualty that continues today in East Jerusalem, the Negev Desert, and throughout the occupied territories, with Palestinians forced from their lands and their homes by the Israeli Defense Forces and settler organizations such as the Jewish National Fund and the World Zionist Organization.
This, in large part, is why Israel last year passed the 'Nakba law' which prohibits public institutions from recognizing al Nakba.
Finally, Wired.com has a story on a course taught at the Joint Staff Forces College last year which endorsed 'Hiroshima Tactics' in a 'Total War' on the world's 1.4 billion Muslims. With Al Jazeera uncovering a similar course taught at a Virginia military base, we ask, just how widespread is Islamophobia in the US military; and in the US police, particularly with the NYPD spying on Muslims as far as Philadelphia, and Tarek Mehanna being sentenced to 17 years in prison for translating documents into English and expressing support for al Qaeda?
The NYPD spying program has been endorsed by New York's Mayor Bloomberg and the Obama Administration's top 'counterterrorism' official, John Brennan. But Democrats in the House of Representatives are pushing legislature the condemn the spying program and "[bar] federal funds from being used to conduct ethnic or religious profiling", specifically addressing the hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funds supporting the NYPD spying program.
Fri, 11 May 2012
As Thaer Halahleh and Bilal Diab enter 75 days of hunger strike in Israeli prisons, they face imminent death. Yet the Israeli High Court has already denied their petitions against administrative detention, leaving them with no recourse but for popular demonstrations, and petitions to government officials (sign one to the US State Department!).
Take action to save their lives!
In a Radio Against Apartheid exclusive, we speak with Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer - the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association - about Thaer, Bilal, and the 2,000 to 2,500 other Palestinian prisoners who are currently refusing to eat in the 'Battle of Empty Stomachs' to demand an end to Israel's policies of arbitrary detention and torture.
As Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestine Liberation Organization was quoted in a recent New York Times article on the hunger strikes, "There's a real transformation in the way the prisoners are working - this time, people are willing to die... Look, the Palestinians may be quiet for a while, but they may erupt. There's a sinking-in of the idea that nonviolent resistance gets results."
Also on the show:
With commentary from Sherry Wolf, and audio of Uri Horesh interrupting Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, Matt Graber breaks down the Philadelphia demonstration to expose Israel's pinkwashing at this year's 'Equality Forum'. Professor Franke and Rabbi Alpert have an article and video explaining their withdrawals.
And DJ Ev Daddy gives an update from Commondreams.org on the Afghan War. As Obama quietly extends the war to 2024 in a deal with US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai, support for the war in the US hits an all-time low at 27%, with 66% of Americans opposed to the war.
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Thu, 3 May 2012
Lydia David reports from the occupied West Bank for Palestine News Network.