From Israeli forces attacking worshipers at the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, international outcry and condemnation of Israel’s apartheid regime reached new heights last month, seemingly culminating in the recent announcement of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. While the bombs may have stopped for the time being, however, the violence of occupation continues unabated. In this week’s episode of “The Marc Steiner Show,” we continue our exploration of the history and human toll of apartheid in Israel and Palestine. We begin with a dramatic reading by E. Ethelbert Miller of his poem “Ceasefire.” Then, Marc speaks with Majed Abusalama about life under occupation. Abusalama is a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Human Geography and Regional Studies at Tampere University (Finland), and a contributing writer to outlets like Jadaliyya, Al Jazeera English, and Middle East Eye; he grew up in Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza and now serves as an international director of the We Are Not Numbers organization in Gaza.
Our third segment features the latest installment of our ongoing series “Not in Our Name,” which highlights the diverse voices of Jewish activists, artists, intellectuals, and others who are speaking out against the Israeli occupation. In this segment, Marc speaks with Dorothy Zellner about her latest piece in Jewish Currents, “What We Did: How the Jewish Communist Left Failed the Palestinian Cause.” Zellner is a longtime social justice activist who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Conference Educational Fund in the early 1960s, and at the Center for Constitutional Rights and CUNY School of Law. She is one of six editors of the prize-winning book Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC.
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