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The Ongoing Nakba: 1948–2016

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This program commemorates the 68th anniversary (May 15) of the Palestinian Nakba—“catastrophe” in Arabic—that led to the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians in 1948–49 by Zionist paramilitary and terrorist forces to establish the state of Israel. It features an extended presentation by Israeli scholar Ilan Pappe, the author of several books, including the seminal The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Pappe cogently deconstructs the actions of the European Jewish leaders who planned and orchestrated the Nakba and the Zionist ideology that motivated them. This edition also offers video documentaries on the Nakba, Palestinian refugees, and land confiscations within Israel against its Arab citizens by the Institute for Middle East Understanding, Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and Israeli Social TV. There are spoken-word performances of original works by Palestinian-American poet-activists Remi Kanazi and Rafeef Ziadah, and a moving rendition of the late Mahmoud Darwish’s poem “On This Land” by Syrian-American poet Omar Offendum. We close this program with a graphic video and report on the execution of 21-year-old Abdel Fattah Sharif on March 24 on the streets of occupied Hebron by Israeli soldier Elor Azarya. The cold-blooded murder of Sharif was captured surreptitiously on film and released to the world by the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem.

Producer and Host: Mark Hage
Co-Producer and Technical Director: Danny Weiss
Sponsored by Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (

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

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Monday, May 23, 2016

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