'This Is Palestine' is a podcast that highlights people, issues, and events around Palestine. We bring you stories from the ground in Palestine, and we speak with experts and activists to bring you unique perspectives and analysis about Palestine from across the world. This podcast is a project of the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU).
Israeli Settlers Set Palestinian Town on Fire
10:19On February 26, the Palestinian town of Huwara became the site of a violent attack by Israeli settlers, with the Israeli army watching on. Huwara is located on Highway 60, the main road connecting Palestinian towns in the military-occupied West Bank, and is one of the few remaining places where Israeli settlers and Palestinians drive on the same road. Settlers have frequently targeted the town in the hopes of forcing Palestinian residents to flee and take over the area. In this episode, Diana Buttu dives into the details of the attack, which saw Palestinian homes, cars, and land burned down, and resulted in the death of Sameh Aqtash, a man who had just returned from helping with earthquake relief in Turkey.
A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom
17:29For International Women's Day, we are thrilled to highlight the voices of powerful Palestinian women who are breaking barriers and inspiring change. Join host Diana Buttu as she speaks with award-winning Palestinian American journalist Dena Takruri about her book, co-written by renowned Palestinian youth activist Ahed Tamimi, "They Called Me A Lioness: A Palestinian Girl's Fight for Freedom." In this compelling memoir, Ahed shares her courageous journey from growing up in the Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh to standing up against the Israeli military at just sixteen-years-old. With raw honesty and unwavering determination, Ahed's story serves as a testament to the strength and resilience of Palestinian women. Tune in to this episode to learn more about their incredible journey and how they're paving the way for the next generation of women activists.
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Israel's New Extremist Government
27:13Benjamin Netanyahu is back as Israel's Prime Minister. He has formed a coalition with far-right, extremist, leaders like Itamar Ben Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich. Host Diana Buttu breaks down Israel’s new right-wing, extremist government, and what this means for Palestinians.
The Palestinian Museum and "A People by the Sea"
25:13On today’s episode, Diana Buttu speaks with Dr. Adila Laïdi-Hanieh, Director of the Palestinian Museum. Dr. Hanieh talks to us about the museum's latest exhibition “A People by the Sea." The exhibition looks at the Palestinians from the coastal region before and after the Nakba. It displays artwork and archival footage highlighting Palestinians' vibrant culture and traditions along the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibition is on display until May 2023. You can also visit the museum's digital archive at palarchive.org
The Palestinian story of Farha
20:06On today’s episode, Diana Buttu speaks with the award-winning Jordanian-of-Palestinian-origin, film director and writer, Darin Sallam. We speak to Sallam about her film, Farha, which recently made its debut on Netflix. The powerful film tells the story of the Nakba when Israeli militias expelled over 750,000 Palestinians from their land to create Israel in 1948. Darin tells us why it is important to share this story today and how after 75 years the Nakba still impacts Palestinians all over the world.
Palestinian soccer legend, Honey Thaljieh, and the World Cup
22:48Honey is one of Palestine’s first professional female soccer players and was the co-founder and captain of the Palestinian Women’s National Football Team. She speaks with us live from the World Cup. She tells us what it is like to witness Palestinian solidarity at the World Cup, how she began her soccer career, forming a national team, and her work with FIFA.
Olive Harvest in Palestine
14:00In today’s episode, host Diana Buttu, takes us on a deep dive into all things olives and their strong connection to Palestine. Diana speaks with olive expert, Dr. Osama Odeh, from the Palestinian village of Biddya, coincidentally meaning the ‘stone to crush olives.’ Dr.Osama is an electro-chemist but has spent his life learning about his first love- olives, olive oil, and their history in Palestine.