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Renegade Settlers and Zionist Mythologies

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This edition of Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel explores the racist and destructive dynamics at work in the illegal colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Israeli Jewish settlers. We air two episodes of the five-part series Renegade Settlers, produced by Vice News, that documents the illegal, Jewish-only “outposts” established by right-wing, messianic settlers, many of them quite young. Many of these “outposts” eventually merge with larger, more-established colonies funded and backed politically by the Israeli government. The program also features another incisive and committed presentation by Israeli historian and activist Ilan Pappe, speaking before the National Press Club of Australia. Pappe identifies the national mythologies that have informed the Zionist conquest of Palestine since the late 19th century and that continue to influence its occupation and colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory. He also exposes the fallacies of the so-called “peace process” and two-state solution. Finally, the program closes with a report by Shir Hever of the Real News Network on the second Palestine Solidarity Conference in Stuttgart, Germany, last May, which was dedicated to advancing a democratic, one-state solution in Israel/Palestine. Special thanks to Danny Weiss, our technical producer, and to Jamie Brooks, VTJP’s webmaster.

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

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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