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Producer: 

PRODUCER AND HOST: Mark Hage
CO-PRODUCER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Danny Weiss
Sponsor: Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (www.vtjp.org)

This edition includes a report by Al Jazeera, with commentary by Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada, on UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which passed om Dec. 23, 2016, by a vote of 14–0 with one abstention (the U.S.). It declared that Israel’s Jewish-only settlements have no legal foundation and constitute “a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”

We feature as well a chilling report from journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files, which documents the violent, racist, fanatical world of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. These individuals and groups are committed to achieving a “Greater Israel” cleansed of Palestinians.

June 5 this year will mark the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Syrian Golan Heights. Palestine for Beginners (Part 1), which takes up the balance of this program, will give viewers a broader understanding of the roots of Israel’s current occupation by placing it in the larger historical context of the Zionist colonization, conquest and ethnic cleansing of Palestine, a project launched by European Jews in the late 19th century. This documentary was developed by Linda Bevis and Edward Mast of the Seattle-based Palestine Information Project. 

Produced with facilities provided by Vermont Community Access Media (VCAM).

Episode Number: 
282
Original Airdate: 
January 16, 2017

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