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Law, Poetry, and Resistance Profiles of Activists Lea Tsemel and Rafeef Ziadah

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This episode profiles two remarkable women activists: Israeli-Jewish attorney Lea Tsemal and Palestinian poet and third-generation refugee Rafeef Ziadah. Each, in her own fashion, is contributing significantly to the cause of achieving justice, equality, and national liberation for the Palestinian people. 

Tsemal, for decades, has defended almost exclusively Palestinians, men, women, and children, and her intrepid legal work has exposed and challenged the gross inequities, racism, and violations of human rights, including torture, endemic to Israeli society and its occupation regime. Ziadah, a strong supporter of the BDS movement, has emerged as one of the most evocative, creative, and powerful spoken-word performers of oppositional poetry against Israel’s illegal occupation and Jewish-only settlements. 

The program also features documentaries, on the second anniversary of Israel’s most recent war against Gaza, by Russia Today, Al Jazeera, and Palestinian poet Maryan Srouji. 

Additionally, there are two reports on the arrest, abuse, and denial of rights to Palestinian children detained by Israel’s occupation forces from Defense for Children International—Palestine and Al Haq.

Host: Mark Hage

Technical Director: Danny Weiss

Sponsor: Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (

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

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Monday, August 1, 2016


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