Thursday, October 20
“A Public Affair”
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Allen Ruff’s Thursday guest will be freelance journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich, author of “The Way to the Spring – Life and Death in Palestine,” which describes life in the Palestinian village of Nabi Salih and the villagers’ struggles against settler encroachments and state harassment and violence.
Call in at 256-2001. Listen online, live or archived at WORT 89.9 FM.
Today Esty Dinur talks to Leila Abdelrazaq, author of the newly released “Baddawi.” Her new book tells the story of a young boy raised in a refugee camp, trying to find his way in the world after fleeing his homeland after the war in 1948 established the state of Israel.
Leila Abdelrazaq is a Palestinian author, artist, and organizer. She graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a BFA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Arabic Studies. She has been involved in both national and local community organizing around the issue of Palestine since 2011. Leila was a participant in the 2015 Palestine Festival of Literature and is a contributor to The Electronic Intifada.
Today Karma Chavez talks with Palestinian activist Haitham Salawdeh. Haitham is a relative of the infant killed by Israeli settlers who fire bombed their house in the West Bank last month.
In late July, 18-month old baby Ali Saad Dawabsheh was burned to death in his home in Duma Village, Palestine. His father and mother both passed away following the attack as well, making his 4-year-old brother the only survivor.
Haitham Salawdeh is a neighbor and relative of the victims. He left Duma and has lived in Wisconsin since 1992, and is an activist with the US-Palestinian Community Network.
“It is essential that U.S. citizens understand that this
conflict should not continue to be viewed as a symmetrical one anymore
and while they largely do not hear about it there are vicious violations of
international law against Palestinians every day; including closures/
blockades, settlement activities (population transfer on our land)
displacement, killings, detention and torture.”
On Monday November 19th, host John Quinlan was joined in conversation with visitors from a peace delegation sponsored by the Interfaith Peace-Builders.
The delegates just returned this past week from Gaza and and the West Bank. Permission for foreigners to obtain passage to Gaza is rare, and thus these interviews provided listeners with a vital opportunity to understand daily life in the Palestinian territories and how this existence is being affected by the current conflict. John spoke with Tsela Barr and Michele Bahl who just came back from a peace delegation to Gaza on November 12th. During the second half of the hour John spoke with Veena Brekke who recently returned from a peace delegation to the West Bank.
According to their website, “Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Israelis and Palestinians, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.” Tsela, Michele, and Veena shared with WORT listeners their fascinating experiences from both Israel and Palestine.