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The Nakba Narratives: 1948 - 1967 - 2016

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In memoriam: Mohammad Ali—

This edition of Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel features excerpts from the interfaith memorial service for Muhammad Ali. One of several people Ali selected to speak at this service was Rabbi Michael Lerner, who was bold enough, with Bill Clinton just a few feet away, to remind us that being true to the life and legacy of Ali requires us to stand in solidarity with oppressed people, including the Palestinians, whom Ali had championed in his life.

The program then looks at the events of June 1967 when Israel launched the Six Day War and conquered, then occupied, the remaining 22% of Mandate Palestine: Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, along with the Syrian Golan Heights. Israel called this military operation, which had been contemplated and planned years in advance, Operation Focus, which is also the name of the Al Jazeera documentary shown on this edition.

June 4 marked the start of the 50th year of the Israeli occupation, which has been a continuation of the Zionist project to establish a Jewish state on the ruins of Arab Palestine and to ethnically cleanse most of the indigenous population, which became a reality with the catastrophic events of the Nakba in 1948–49. This program moves back in time, then, from the War of 1967 to a remembrance of the Nakba in 2015 with a piece called “Nakba Narratives”, featuring moving performances in London by artists Faisal Salah and Usaama Minhas, interspersed with footage of the devastation of Gaza in 2014.

Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (
Producers: Mark Hage & Danny Weiss
Host: Mark Hage
Technical Director: Danny Weiss

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

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Monday, June 20, 2016

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