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Listen to lively stories and inspiring interviews about the history and cultural heritage of Palestine and the ongoing Palestinian struggle for justice and equality. Every Monday a new episode. Subscribe to the mailing list for a weekly update so you never miss an episode. All social media links (facebook, instagram and youtube) and to subscribe to the mail chimp are in one place, easy, on the website www.storiesfrompalestine.info The music for this podcast was made by Zaid Hilal, Palestinian musician, you can find him on Soundcloud, Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
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Handmade Palestine is an initiative by Morgan and her husband Saleh, who run the La Vie Cafe in Ramallah, and Majdi, to support the sales of handicrafts of local Palestinian artisans. As they do not have a budget for marketing, they decided to start a crowdfunding and online Bazar. The crowdfunding and Bazar will be released on 22nd of October 2021. On Saturday 23rd of October there will also be a real Bazar at La Vie Cafe in Ramallah where all the 25 artisans will be present with their produce for sale!This is the first episode of a series about the artisans of Handmade Palestine. In the next episodes you will hear interviews with several of the inspiring businesses, cooperatives and initiatives. To learn more about the campaign and how you can support the artisans visit --> https://bit.ly/Palestine_Online_Bazaarhttps://handmadepalestine.com/If you want to support Stories from Palestine podcast, sign up for the newsletter or follow us on social media, click on : https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
New tour guides, who finished the tour guide program at the Bethlehem Bible College with me this summer, organized a day trip to Nablus and Sebastia. There were about 35 Palestinians on the bus that took off from Beit Sahour early in the morning. After 2,5 hours we reached the Jacob's well church in Nablus. This church is a very recent building that was built on the location where several churches were built around a water well that is said to be the well that Jacob dug on the land of Shechem. Jacob was the grandson of Abraham who came from Mesopotamia and is considered the founding father of all three monotheistic religions. In this podcast episode you can learn more about the relevance of this water well also in the New Testament of the Bible when Jesus met a Samaritan woman at this well with whom he had a very important conversation about the location of the Temple. Samaritans believed that they should pray to God in the Temple on Mount Gerizim while the Jews prayed in the Temple in Jerusalem. Jesus reveals to her his true nature and tells her that the time has come when the location of prayer is not relevant anymore. The woman goes to her village and tells everyone about Jesus. She is considered the first female evangelist.After our visit to the Jacob's well church you can hear more about the archaeological site of Sebastia, a city that was established in the Roman time under emperor Vespasian. We visit the ruins of the forum and basilica, the theater and the Hellenistic tower. Up on the hill are the stairs that used to lead to the Temple for Augustus and behind it a big structure that is often indicated as an iron age palace for the Israelite kings Omri and Ahab, but some archaeologists date the site to later times. And the Byzantine church ruins are also interesting as they give access to a crypt where John the Baptist is said to have been buried, his body that is, after he was beheaded by Herod Antipas. You can hear all about these historical sites in this podcast episodes. With thanks to Ibrahim Khair, Elias Khair, Nayif Gharib, Waffa Sabat and Saleem Anfous.If you want to sign up for the mailinglist, connect on social media or contribute to the podcast you can use the following link: https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
Psychology and health care in PalestineIn this podcast episode I speak with Jumana Kaplanian about psychology in Palestine and the stigma about mental health that still exists in the Palestinian society. Jumana  holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from Bethlehem University in Bethlehem and an MSc in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford.Mental illness is considered one of the largest and least acknowledged health problems in Palestine.​ For decades the West Bank has suffered from political, social, and economic strife. Palestinians have been exposed to a series of traumatic events, such as imprisonment, torture, humiliation, human rights violations, house demolitions, land confiscation, restriction of movement, unemployment, and under-employment. As a result, many people suffer from various emotional and psychological traumas. The importance of psychological treatment in PalestineMental health service providers in Palestine usually offer support, rehabilitation, and counseling services for people dealing with psychological problems. Mainly, these organizations focus on counseling and treating the disorders rather than arming people with the required knowledge to realize the importance of psychological needs to seek treatment. In most cases, these organizations are the ones who approach people to offer help. In many other cases, people ignore their psychological distress for an extended period and only seek help when they reach advanced disorder stages. Awareness of mental health at Psychology SpaPsychology Spa works to raise awareness of mental health, fight social stigma, and achieve social transformation regarding mental health.   ​Psychology Spa is the first specialized non-profit company in Psycho education in Palestine since 2016. Psychology spa is a place where groups meet to learn, discuss, share, and seek ways to gain psychological knowledge.   Websitehttps://www.psychologyspa.com/Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/PsychologySpaIf you want to support Stories from Palestine podcast with a donation or if you want to subscribe to the email list or follow on Facebook and Instagram, go to:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
Diana Al Shaer has a Palestinian father and a Russian mother. Her grandfather was the first Palestinian ambassador in Russia and her father followed him in his footsteps. Diana grew up in Russia and by the age of 25 she started to become more and more connected to her Palestinian identity.She is an international Grand Prix dressage rider and sports diplomat and she was asked by the Palestine Equestrian Federation to come out for Palestine in last summer's Olympic Games. Unfortunately her horse was injured and she could not participate, even though they had qualified originally. But she is keen to try again in 3 years and her horse is still young enough to be ready by that time!Besides horse riding she is also the initiator of Pali-Rus Media, an initiative that wants to be a cultural media bridge between Russia and Palestine. Recently she produced a video with a beautiful synergy between Russian ballet and Palestinian dabka dance. Diana also produces a podcast that is called Dialogue. Last week she published an episode in which she interviewed me, Kristel, about Stories from Palestine podcast. You can find her podcast episodes on her YouTube channel and she is working on getting all episodes uploaded on podcast players.  Here are some links to connect with Diana on social media:https://youtube.com/c/PaliRusMediaInstagram Diana Al ShaherInstagram PaliRusMediaClick here to watch and hear the episode about Stories from Palestine podcast on DialogueIf you want to connect to Stories from Palestine Podcast on Social Media, subscribe to the mailinglist or support the podcast with a donation use this link:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
On 6 September 2021 six Palestinian political prisoners freed themselves from the high security Gilboa prison in Israel. Two weeks later they were all found and brought back to prison. One of the six men, Zakaria al Zubeidi, was one of the founders of the Freedom Theater in Jenin.In this podcast episode I speak with Mustafa Staiti, who is from the Jenin refugee camp, but currently lives in Holland, about the Freedom Theater and how the theater had an important impact on his life.The theater activities in Jenin refugee camp started in the 90s with the work of a Jewish Israeli woman who was married to a Palestinian, her name was Arna Meir Khamis. She also established the Women in Black to protect Palestinian prisoners and Palestinians crossing checkpoints. Arna used to live with Mustafa and his family and was like a second mother to him. She died of cancer. Her son Juliano made the film Arna's children about the children in the refugee camp. One of the boys that features in this film is Zakaria al Zubeidi. Later he became an important leader of the resistance in the refugee camp. He put down the weapons and together with a Swedish Jew, Jonathan Stanczak and Juliano Meir Khamis, they established the Freedom Theater in which theater was not only fun but also therapeutic. To read more about the Freedom Theater you can go to their website:https://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/You can also watch the full movie Arna's children on YouTubeOr check out the YouTube channel of the Freedom TheaterIf you want to support Stories from Palestine podcast with a donation, if you want to register for the e-mail list or follow the podcast on social media then click on this link:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
After spending all summer in the Netherlands, I have returned to our home in Palestine. It was a wonderful summer full of family, friends, biking, walking, fun activities for the kids, swimming, cinema and theater. But also it was full of goodbyes and nostalgia, because I had to give up the house I was still renting in the Netherlands in my hometown Utrecht. This summer I finally officially emigrated to Palestine and I unregistered from the Municipality of Utrecht. Many people have asked me how I feel about this, why I decided to take this step and why I am in Palestine. Some of the parents of the children of my daughter's class have told me they would jump to move out of Palestine and live in the Netherlands. They could not understand WHY I decided to come and live in Palestine. So for this first episode of a new season of Stories from Palestine podcast, I have recorded my thoughts and my personal experiences, while I was sitting under our massive 80 years old olive tree, contemplating about my life.It is the first episode I recorded without a script. If you want to support the podcast, connect on social media and share the Facebook and Instagram posts, sign up for the YouTube and for the mailinglist. And it is very much appreciated if you buy me a coffee on Ko-fi! All the links can be found here:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
Stories from Palestine podcast was first launched on 15th of August 2020 as a direct result of the Covid19 pandemic. As I was studying the tour guide program at the Bethlehem Bible College and I had no opportunity to share the stories I learned with tourists, the idea to start a podcast was born.I had no experience and spend weeks watching tutorials to learn everything I needed to know about preparing an episode, recording, editing, hosting a podcast, making a website, creating a Youtube channel, making audiograms for social media and using remote recording programs to record interviews. And now, one year later, the podcast has over 18.500 downloads since published and it had listeners from 110 different countries. This episode is to celebrate one year of Stories from Palestine podcast. You can hear a bit more about how it started and developed, a bit more about me, the podcast host and you can hear twelve different listeners to the podcast who recorded their reviews and stories to share in the celebration. If you want to do a special anniversary donation for the podcast to celebrate one year and to help to sustain the podcast then please go to https://ko-fi.com/storiesfrompalestineThanks to Zaid Hilal for recording a special tune for this special episode. Zaid has also composed the usual tune and shifters for the podcast. He is a local musician from Beit Sahour and you should really check out his music on Youtube, Spotify or Soundcloud.
They call them the Hanging gardens of Haifa. Since 2001 you can visit the Bahai gardens and see the shrine of the 'Bab' on Mount Carmel. The gardens are created with great care and were designed by an Iranian architect called Fariborz Sahba. There are 19 terraces, one in the middle with the shrine, 9 terraces going up hill and 9 terraces going downhill, another 18. Both numbers have significant meanings within the Bahai religion.Who are the Bahai? What do they belief and who is their spiritual leader? This podcast episode only gives you a short introduction. The essence of the Bahai religion is UNITY. The oneness of God and of all religions, the oneness of humankind and the equality of men and women. They belief that God sent different messengers in different times to different places: Abraham, followed by Krishna, Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad and then followed by the Bab and Baha'u'Allah. The last one came to announce a new world order. There are about 7 million Baha'i's in the world and it is a fast growing religion.If you want to know more about the Baha'i faith you can visit their website https://www.bahai.org/If you want to make a contribution to the podcast and celebrate the first anniversary of the podcast that will be on the 15th of August 2021 then you can go to https://ko-fi.com/storiesfrompalestineTo connect on social media or to subscribe to the Youtube channel or the newsletter go tohttps://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
When tourists visit Bethlehem, especially in an organized tour, they usually visit the Church of the Nativity and when they are lucky also the Shepherds fields in Beit Sahour, but hardly does the guide take the tourist to visit the Milk Grotto Church. And that's a pity. Because this hidden gem is just a five minutes walk through the Milk Grotto street where you can also some of the oldest buildings in town as well as workshops with Palestinian olive wood crafters at work. As with most churches in Palestine, this church is also built over a cave where an important Bible story took place according to the local Christian tradition. This is supposedly the cave where Joseph and Mary were staying when Joseph had a dream in which God told him to flee to Egypt, because King Herod was planning to kill all the children under the age of two. It is in this cave that Mary nursed baby Jesus and a drop of her milk fell on the ground and miraculously turned the whole cave into a white limestone, much whiter than can be found in the surroundings. A church was built on this location already in Byzantine time and rebuilt in Crusader time. The present day church is from the 19th Century.  Until today women come to visit this church to pray for fertility. The church receives many letters, postcards and photos annually from women who have become pregnant and gave birth after a visit to the Milk Grotto.Next time you visit Palestine, don't miss out on the Milk Grotto church!To see photos of the Milk Grotto on the website, instagram or facebook, connect on social media through this link. You can also find the platform Ko-fi for donations towards the podcast through this link: https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
The first time that Naji al Ali drew Handala, the little refugee boy with shabby clothes and no shoes, he depicted him with his face towards the audience. But after his disappointment in the Americans and Arab leaders in the early seventies, he turned his back towards the viewers in protest against the 'American way' and the negative tides in the region.Handala is a ten year old boy and Naji al Ali said he would always remain ten years old, until he would be able to return to his homeland Palestine. Ten years old, just like Naji al Ali was when he and his family were forcibly displaced out of their hometown As Shajara. He grew up in the refugee camp of Ein al Helwa in Lebanon. As a cartoonist he was critical towards the powers that be, the establishment, not only the Israelis and Americans but also the Arab leaders. He spoke out against injustice and showed solidarity with other struggles.This is just a short podcast episode to introduce you to the work of Naji al Ali and to the very symbolic figure of Handala, that you will see depicted all over Palestine and among people who are supporting the Palestinian cause for justice and the right of return of the refugees.If you want to read more and see some of Naji al Ali's work then you can use the following links:Information and cartoonshttp://www.handala.org http://www.askdryahya.com/Naji-alaliHanzala.pdfVideosPalestinian cartoonist Naji al Ali and his character HandalaNaji al Ali an artist with visionFollow Stories from Palestine on social media and sign up for the weekly email reminder. If you want to support the podcast please share it with others and donate on Ko-fi.  All the links can be found on : https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
If you heard episode 2 of season 1 then you know I am obsessed with the history of caves in Palestine. The caves in the mountains were formed by a natural process due to the effect of rain on the limestone that created natural caves. But in this episode you can learn about another type of caves that can be found in the area to the west of Hebron, west of the green line, where over 3.500 man-made caves were found that date back to more than 2000 years ago. The caves were made in the soft chalk layer under a very hard layer called nari. In this hard surface rock they made an opening and through a shaft they would dig down into the softer chalk, forming a bell-shaped cave.  The caves had very many different purposes, for example storage of water, grains, olive presses, ritual baths, columbaria (for pigeons) and burial caves.Today you can visit some of these caves in the National Park. Other interesting relics are the Roman amphitheater, the Crusader tower and the remains of a Crusader church.There were two ancient cities here, Maresha and Bet Guvrin. The archaeological site is now UNESCO world heritage.Around the Crusader tower a Palestinian town developed that was called Beit Jibrin. The inhabitants were forcibly displaced by the Zionist militias in 1948. Most of the refugees ended up in Fawwar camp and in Beit Jibrin refugee camp. The latter one in Bethlehem is also known as Azza refugee camp, named after the biggest family clan. For the blog entry with photos you can go to: https://storiesfrompalestine.info/2021/07/17/tel-maresha/ To connect on social media, sign up for the email list or make a donation on Ko-fi (and find some unique content that is not available anywhere else) https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
While I spend the summer in Holland, I while record weekly short episodes with information about a specific topic related to Palestine, its history and cultural heritage.Summer short number one is about the history of the Palestinian flag and the meaning of its colors. For this episode I used a lot of information of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs. Check out that website at https://www.passia.orgYou can also read the information in the blog on my website : https://storiesfrompalestine.info/2021/07/08/the-palestinian-flag/To connect on social media, to sign up for the newsletter or make a donation use this link:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
Hope flowers School

Hope flowers School

2021-07-0447:49

I made this episode upon request of the Friends of Hope flowers School foundation in the Netherlands. They support the school financially and they raise awareness about the very difficult circumstances under which the school has to operate. The school is located in area C under full Israel military control and a big Israeli settlement is moving closer and closer towards the area where the school is situated. Most of the children in the school are from refugee camps and from families that are surviving below the poverty level. The school accepts and works with children with autism, trauma and disabilities. I spoke with the director of the school and with the occupational therapist and social worker.This episode gives you a very concrete idea of the challenges that Palestinian have to face and the resilience and conviction to give the children a good education.If you want to support the Hope flowers School then please go to https://www.vriendenvanhopeflowers.nlThe website of the school is: https://hopeflowers.orgTo connect to Stories from Palestine podcast on social media, to register for the mailinglist or to make a donation on the Ko-fi page, which is very much appreciated and helpful, you can click on this link: https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestineSend your messages, reviews and requests for the special anniversary episode before the 1st of August to kristel@storiesfrompalestine.info Tell us about yourself, where do you live, what do you do, what is your connection to Palestine, how did you find out about the podcast, what are your favorite episodes and what would you like to hear more about in the future! I can read and record your message OR you can send me a voice recording and I will use your audio!
Life in Gaza

Life in Gaza

2021-06-2859:13

 During my visit to family and friends in the Netherlands, I also meet my Palestinian friends from the Gazastrip who live here. It's the only chance for us to meet as they can not come to the Westbank or Jerusalem and I cannot visit the Gazastrip.In this episode you can learn more about the Gazastrip and hear a conversation I had with Wasim and Nader who grew up in Gaza and moved to the Netherlands in their early twenties. We talk about the history of Gaza, the current situation in Gaza and the memories that Nader and Wasim have of their life in the Gazastrip.Music at the end of the episode is Mohammed Assaf from GazaThe music produced for this podcast is by Zaid Hilal (find him on social media)At the end of this episode I also mention three podcasts that interviewed me recently. If you are interested to listen to them here are their names, you can find them on your favorite podcast player:Jerusalem UnpluggedSalt the PodcastDialogueAnd if you want to connect to Stories from Palestine on social media or if you want to do a much appreciated donation for the podcast then go to https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestineSend your messages, reviews and requests for the special anniversary episode before the 1st of August to kristel@storiesfrompalestine.info Tell us about yourself, where do you live, what do you do, what is your connection to Palestine, how did you find out about the podcast, what are your favorite episodes and what would you like to hear more about in the future! I can read and record your message OR you can send me a voice recording and I will use your audio!
During my June podcast break between season 2 and 3 you can listen to three episodes I made for PAX Palestine Podcast. PAX is a peace organization based in the Netherlands. PAX works together with committed citizens and partners to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace. In Palestine PAX supports local partners in building resilient communities, promoting human security and equality in the political, cultural and social domain, and in fighting the injustices resulting from the protracted occupation.The PAX Palestine Podcast features interviews with some of the local Palestinian partners of PAX. In Area C in the West Bank PAX supports a resilience project of Danish Church Aid and the Church of Sweden together with East Jerusalem YMCA. Emphasizing the resources that are available, the project works with various Area C communities on forming protection groups, identifying and addressing community needs, by mobilizing available resources and offering small cash grants. In this episode we speak with George Zeidan and Mai Jarrar about their resilience project in the South Hebron Hills. If you want to read more you can go to:https://spark.adobe.com/page/9EAT3NARZHRol/https://www.paxforpeace.nl/our-work/programmes/israel-and-palestineTo see the online photo exhibition of the Palestinian Resilience Project go to:https://www.palestineresilience.org The music for this podcast was made by Zaid Hilal. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Sound Cloud.
During my June podcast break between season 2 and 3 you can listen to three episodes I made for PAX Palestine Podcast. PAX is a peace organization based in the Netherlands. PAX works together with committed citizens and partners to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace. In Palestine PAX supports local partners in building resilient communities, promoting human security and equality in the political, cultural and social domain, and in fighting the injustices resulting from the protracted occupation.The PAX Palestine Podcast features interviews with some of the local Palestinian partners of PAX. In the West Bank, PAX works with the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy (PCPD) on issues like promoting gender equality, preparing young Palestinians to participating in election campaigns and municipal councils, and holding municipalities accountable for their policies and promises of inclusive politics. In this episode we speak with Naseef Muallem and Ekram Zubaydi about the work of the PCPD and the upcoming elections in Palestine. We also included some snippets of a discussion between Palestinian students about their views on democracy and the elections in Palestine. To read more you can go to:https://www.pcpd.ps/https://www.paxforpeace.nl/our-work/programmes/israel-and-palestineThe music for this podcast was made by Zaid Hilal. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Sound CloudSend your messages, reviews and requests for the special anniversary episode before the 1st of August to kristel@storiesfrompalestine.info Tell us about yourself, where do you live, what do you do, what is your connection to Palestine, how did you find out about the podcast, what are your favorite episodes and what would you like to hear more about in the future! I can read and record your message OR you can send me a voice recording and I will use your audio!
During my June podcast break between season 2 and 3 you can listen to three episodes I made for PAX Palestine Podcast. PAX is a peace organization based in the Netherlands. PAX works together with committed citizens and partners to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace. In Palestine PAX supports local partners in building resilient communities, promoting human security and equality in the political, cultural and social domain, and in fighting the injustices resulting from the protracted occupation.The PAX Palestine Podcast features interviews with some of the local Palestinian partners of PAX. The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel was created in 2002 by the World Council of Churches. EAPPI volunteers aim to offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses. They join Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace, and they interact with a myriad of international, Israeli and Palestinian partners.An interview with local program coordinator Jack Munayer and with one of the Dutch volunteers of the EAPPI program.For more information check out the websites:https://eappi.org/en https://www.paxforpeace.nl/our-work/programmes/israel-and-palestineThe music for this podcast was made by Zaid Hilal. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Sound Cloud. Send your messages, reviews and requests for the special anniversary episode before the 1st of August to kristel@storiesfrompalestine.info Tell us about yourself, where do you live, what do you do, what is your connection to Palestine, how did you find out about the podcast, what are your favorite episodes and what would you like to hear more about in the future! I can read and record your message OR you can send me a voice recording and I will use your audio!
This week we finish the last semester of the tour guide program at the Bethlehem Bible College.  With twenty Palestinian students I have been studying for two years to get the tour guide diploma. This diploma will allow us to apply for the exam of the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism. If we pass that exam then we will become licensed tour guides.In this episode you can listen to our program manager and teacher Haytham Dieck and ten of the tour guides students who are graduating from the Bible College.  They tell you about their favorite places to visit in Palestine and their passion for the history and heritage of their country. Most of the conversations with the students were recorded during a walk around Bethlehem. We hope that soon it will be possible again for individual tourists to come and visit Palestine. If YOU are interested to visit us, write an e-mail if you want help to plan your visit or if you would like to register for a (tailor-made) program. We are hopeful that several people will join in the end of October for the olive harvest season and it would be great to get a group of travelers together to organize some tours and activities. You can send an email to: kristel@storiesfrompalestine.info or connect on social media.All links to social media and the mailing list (to register) can be found on:https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
In June 2020 the town of Beit Sahour was recognized by the World Craft Council as the World Craft City for the year 2020 based on its long tradition of olive wood carving. The World Craft Council is a UNESCO-affiliated organization that was founded in New York in 1964 to promote and support craft work. Palestinian olive wood carving probably dates back to the Crusader time and is artisan work that was taught from father to son. Most of the olive wood industry is at least partially mechanized now but there are still olive wood artists who spend weeks working on one piece, by hand, with lots of characteristics and details that could never be done by a so-called copy machine.Elias Abu Zuluf from Beit Sahour has his own olive wood workshop and souvenir shop. In this podcast interview he talks about the characteristics of olive wood, how this local tradition came about, what kind of olive wood is used, what type of carvings you can find in Palestine and how Covid19 affected the wood workers in Palestine. If you are interested to visit his website and see the olive carving go to www.zuluf.com and order online with the "15 off" promo code.Follow Stories from Palestine podcast on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for the mailing list. If you want to make a donation you can do that on Go Fund me (creditcard) or on Ko-fi (PayPal or Stripe) All the links can be found here: https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine
A lot of things are happening in Palestine. In the previous episode you could hear from seven Palestinians from different parts of Palestine what was happening in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, the Aqsa mosque, in Gaza and the Westbank. On Tuesday 18 May all Palestinians in the Westbank, Jerusalem and the 48 lands (the current State of Israel) went on national strike. This was the first time since 1936 when the whole country went on strike to protest the British Mandate policies of supporting the Zionist movement, that all Palestinians united. And this sense of unity is very important and is felt by all Palestinians. This podcast is an update on what is happening on the ground. We hear from Nader who is in Gaza city about the continuous strong bombings of the Gaza strip by Israel. Yazan from Bethlehem tells us about the importance of the strike and the protests in the Westbank. From the 48 lands we have an update from Ramy in Jaffa and from Aya in Lydd about the participation in the strike and the police brutality and settler violence against Palestinians. Waseem, the famous vet (dogtor) in Jerusalem talks about his experiences joining the protest in Jerusalem and getting tear gassed and shot at. Sanad from Nablus, whom you know from the podcast about hiking and climbing, lost his cousin, who was shot in the heart, near Nablus. Alina is in Poland spending three days at the Parliament in Warsaw to raise awareness and lobby the parliament to take a stance against Israel's crimes.If you want to support the podcast, if you want to get on the mailing list or follow the podcast on social media then use this link: https://podspout.app/storiesfrompalestine Tips to read and watch more:The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Ilan Pappe)My father was a freedom fighter (Ramzy Baroud)I saw Ramallah (Mourid Barghouti)In search of Fatima (Ghada Karmi)Palestinian walks (Raja Shehadeh)Mornings in Jenin (Susan Abulhawa)One Country (Ali Abunimah)The Israel lobby and American foreign policy (John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt)The general's son (Miko Peled)More book tips:https://www.palestineportal.org/resource-directory/by-medium/books-and-films/For films check out this link: https://www.palestineportal.org/resource-directory/by-medium/films/
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