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 This Week In Palestine 
 and Haidar Eid on the Great March of Return
 Weekly Program
 Host John Roberts, speaker Susan Abulhawa, commentator Haidar Eid
 Truth & Justice Radio (WZBC)  
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This week we have the privilege of hearing Susan Abulhawa's remarkable keynote address at the recent conference sponsored by Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Susan is a renowned Palestinian writer and activist and founder of the organization Playgrounds for Palestine. As a speaker and promoter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, she is appearing at many venues.

As her introducer explains, Susan first had a successful career in biomedical science, after which she became an acclaimed poet and book author, regarded as "up there with Charles Dickens." Her novel, "Mornings in Jenin," has been translated into 28 languages. Same for "The Blue Between Sky and Water." The list goes on.

As you'll hear today, Susan has examined some of boasts floated by Israel's vast PR machine, for example the claim that Israel pioneered water desalinization, the claim that Israel "made the desert bloom," or the claim that Israel is environmentally responsible. All nonsense. Susan points out that historic Palestine's rainfall is equal to that in London, England, but Israel has squandered that rainfall while grabbing most of the share that rightly belongs to current Palestinians.

Perhaps the most upsetting of Israel's boasts is its preeminence as an arms exporter, selling arms that are "battle-tested" on Palestinians. Unlike the others, that boast is true, and perhaps understated. After some digging, Susan was able to calculate the arms exports per capita of a variety of countries including the USA. In fact, Israel is #1 by a huge margin!

Prior to Susan's keynote, we begin with a voice out of Gaza, the beloved and distinguished voice of Haidar Eid. Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza's al-Aqsa University. Here is a quote: “Today I participated in the Great March of Return with tens of thousands of Gazans. We marched on the fence of the Gaza concentration camp marking Land Day and the one-year anniversary of the March. We had the mother of all marches, sending a loud message to apartheid Israel, that we have not forgotten any of our rights. In the process we lost three young men and 316 protesters were injured, according to Gaza’s ministry of health. ..."
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 This Week In Palestine 4-7-2019 Download Program Podcast
Susan Abulhawa on Israel's arms sales per capita
00:54:47 English 2019-04-07
 Washington DC and Cambridge MA
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