The Miko Peled Podcast

Author, speaker, and human rights activist, Miko Peled, aims to shine a light on under-reported Palestinian experiences through conversations with the brave human rights defenders living in Palestine, Israel, and the diaspora. Free Palestine!

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10/15/2020
The Trial of Julian Assange with Roger Waters, John Pilger, and Ray McGovern

Recently, U.S. prosecutors indicted WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange on seventeen espionage charges stemming from the disclosure of atrocities committed by the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. With global consequences directly affecting the freedom of the press, Assange stands to be extradited from the UK to trial to the U.S. under the Espionage Act.

In this online event, author and activist, Miko Peled, speaks with three prominent activists who have persistently advocated for Assange’s release and freedom.

Roger Waters – Cofounder of Pink Floyd, Songwriter & Musician, Activist
John Pilger – Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker
Ray McGovern – Ex-CIA Presidential Briefer, Writer, Activist


10/13/2020
Awad Abdelfattah from Kaukab Abu Al-Hija, Palestine

On this episode, Miko speaks with Awad Abdelfattah, an organizer that he met during his regular trips to Palestine to meet with activists and organizers for #Palestinian liberation. Awad is a figure in Palestinian activism who truly deserves more attention and eyes on their work. He is a Palestinian political writer and the former general secretary of the Balad party. He is also the coordinator of the Haifa-based One Democratic State Campaign, established in late 2017.

In this conversation, Miko spoke with Awad about the unique plight of 1948 Palestinians in the face of the decades old settler colonial project that is Israel. Awad really goes into fascinating detail about how 1948 Palestinians organized themselves, from the Nakba into 1967 and even beyond Oslo, touching on the various political factions and parties that emerged, as the situation on the ground drastically changed for Palestinians. This discussion really gives us a rare view into Palestine liberation activism from a historical context leading all the way up to today, as calls for a single democratic state become increasingly accepted among organizers and Palestinian society, all channeled of course through the lens of those Palestinians who remained in 1948 Palestine and became defacto citizens of Israel. 

Follow Awad’s written work at Middle East Eye


9/24/2020
Should Progressives Support the Joe Biden & Kamala Harris Ticket?

With the looming election, Americans will be faced with the choice of re-electing Donald Trump to the Presidency or electing Joe Biden to office. While the majority of the center and center-left wing of the American political spectrum could not stomach four more years of a Trump presidency, there is a split among progressives on the question of supporting the Biden/Harris ticket with their votes, advocacy, and campaigning. Author and speaker, Miko Peled, will lead a discussion with the question, “Should Progressives Support the Biden/Harris Ticket?”, along with a panel of four young progressives who are involved in grassroots and political organizing. With two of the panelists leaning towards voting for Biden and the other two choosing not to cast a vote for him, we hope to gain a sampling of where young progressives might stand come November and the nuances in their decision making. 

Guest Panel:
Jasmine Collins, Syracuse
Eitan Peled, San Diego
Yara Akkeh, Boston
Annelise Friedman, Las Vegas


9/10/2020
Wafa Ali Aludaini from Gaza, Palestine

On this episode, Miko spoke with Wafa Ali Aludaina, a Gaza-based Palestinian journalist, manager of the foreign media unit at The Althorayya Institution for Media, a youth group organizer, manager of the October 16th Group in Palestine, and founder of the Palestinian Eve Network, and an activist for Palestine. Wafa is also a mother of three children and lives in Gaza, Palestine, which has been the target of an aggressive, terrifying military assault on alleged military targets in Gaza, targets which have been easily debunked by independent journalists working on the ground.

In this conversation, Miko spoke with Wafa direct from Gaza to discuss the latest string of military violence in Gaza, the facts on the ground as it pertains to these supposed military targets that Israel keeps referencing, the truth about the incendiary balloons which Israel seems so threatened by, as well as what raising a family is like under such conditions including collective trauma experienced by Gazan youth and their families. 

Follow Wafa on Twitter @wafa-gaza


9/9/2020
Why is the Mainstream Media Silent on Palestine? featuring Mnar Muhawesh Adley, Rania Khalek, and Anya Parampil

A 2019 study (“50 Years of Occupation”) published by 416Labs found that among mainstream news outlets, there were “over four times more Israeli centric headlines than Palestinian ones” as well as an overall decline in coverage of Israel and Palestine since the Osolo peace accords of 1993. Corporate media routinely fails to report on Israel’s persistent war crimes against Palestinians including the latest string of bombing operations in Gaza (August 2020). Furthermore, when reporting is conducted, news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The New York Times and many others overwhelmingly parade out pro-Israel media hacks to spin Israeli state narratives (or hasbara). Increasingly, alternative and new media has become the only refuge for honest coverage concerning Israel and Palestine. 

A discussion with alternative media journalists, Mnar Muhawesh Adley (MintPress News), Rania Khalek (Unauthorized Disclosure), and Anya Parampil (The Grayzone). In this online webinar and discussion, author and activist, Miko Peled, hosts an esteemed panel of some of the sharpest, accomplished and uncompromising journalists working today. These are three individuals who have helped build principled and dependable media organizations while contributing to the canon of accurate reporting on Israel and Palestine. Miko will ask the panel, “Why is the mainstream media silent on Palestine?”, contextualize alternative media’s battle against hasbara in the digital landscape, and analyze if the scales are beginning to tip in Palestine’s favor in the war of information. 

Mnar Muhawesh Adley: Founder, Producer, and Host @ MintPress News
Rania Khalek: Journalist, Producer, and Host @ Unauthorized Disclosure Podcast
Anya Parampil : Journalist @ The Grayzone


8/11/2020
Susan Abulhawa from El-tur (Mount of Olives), Jerusalem

Author and activist, Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six Day War of 1967, when her family’s land was seized and Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem. She moved to the USA as a teenager, graduated in biomedical science and established a career in medical science. In July 2001, Susan Abulhawa founded Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organisation dedicated to upholding The Right to Play for Palestinian children.

Her much loved books include “Mornings in Jenin”, a book of poetry titled “My Voice Sought the Wind”, “The Blue Between Sky and Water”, and her highly anticipated upcoming work, “Against The Loveless World”. Susan is also a signatory to and active participant in the BDS campaign, which calls for an economic and cultural boycott of Israel.

Pre-order “Against the Loveless World” via Amazon or Bookshop


7/28/2020
Gaza’s Past, Present, and Future with Wafaa Ali Aludaini & Ahmed Abu Artema

This event was held on Zoom on Tuesday, July 28th.

Wafaa Ali Aludaini is a Gaza-based Palestinian journalist, manager of The Althorayya Institution for Media, youth group organizer, founder of the Palestiian Eve Network, and an activist for Palestine.

Ahmed Abu Artema is a Gaza-based Palestinian writer and peace activist, author of “Organized Chaos”, and organizer of The Great March of Return.


7/16/2020
Three Perspectives on Anti-Zionism: Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro and Professor Norton Mezvinsky

A round table discussion among friends and colleagues, Miko Peled, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, and Professor Norton Mezvinsky on the topic of how they individually came to oppose Zionism. While all three are Jewish, each of them comes to the question of Zionism from unique perspectives, whether they be ultra-orthodox, secular, or somewhere in the middle.


7/3/2020
Part Two: What do they teach our children? Israel’s Intervention in American Social Studies Curriculum

This event was held online via Zoom on July 1, 2020

Guest Panel:
Jihan Andoni, National  Arab American Women’s Association 
Alex McDonald, Texas Coalition for Human Rights 
Jinan Shbat, National Organizer @ American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 


6/29/2020
Part One: What do they teach our children? Israel’s Intervention in American Social Studies Curriculum

This event was held online via Zoom on June 25, 2020

Guest Panel:
Zoha Khalili, Staff Attorney @ Palestine Legal
Jeanne Trabulsi, Education Committee @ Virginia Coalition for Human Rights
Dr. Samia Shoman Ed.D, Educator, Member @ Advisory Committee to the California Ethnic Studies Curriculum  


6/10/2020
Rabbi Ahron Cohen (Neturei Karta spokesperson) from Manchester, UK

Author and human rights activist, Miko Peled, sat down for a chat with the esteemed Rabbi Ahron Cohen, a spokesperson for Neturei Karta in the United Kingdom. Neturei Karta is a religious group of Haredi Jews who formed in 1938 and then split off from the dominant Agudas Yisrael political party. Neturei Karta were one of the very few religious Jewish groups in Israel who opposed Zionism and still call for a “peaceful dismantling” of Israel, a nation state they believe is a rebellion against God.

Miko discusses the Rabbi’s youth and what led him to #NetureiKarta, Zionism’s relationship with religious Judaism and how the Neturei Karta advocate for Palestinian human rights and justice.


5/29/2020
Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro from New York (Part Two)

Author, speaker, and human rights activist, Miko Peled, sat down with Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro for part two of an ongoing discussion about anti-Zionism in the context of Orthodox Judaism, the origins of this movement, how it plays out within Israel, anti-semitism, and nation state building in the name of Judaism. Miko weaves in questions submitted by his audience into this conversation to help drive the conversation. 

Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro:

Rabbi Shapiro is a retired rabbi emeritus of a congregation in Queens, New York who is known for his exceptional understanding of Judaism and various components of Jewish identity and is perhaps best known for his original and outspoken stance defending the historic Orthodox Jewish position that rejects the concept of Jewish nationalism and thus, opposes Zionism.


5/17/2020
Part Two: From Corbyn to Sanders: Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians?

In part two of this two-part online event, author, speaker, and human rights activist, Miko Peled, leads a round table discussion with esteemed journalists, politicians and political activists from both the U.S. and the UK to tackle the question, “Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians?”

This event was held online via Zoom on May 13, 2020.

Speaker Panel:

  • Anya Parampil: Journalist @ The Grayzone
  • Estee Chandler: Board Chair @ JVP Action, Host/Producer @ Middle East on Focus Radio Show
  • Asa Winstanley: Journalist, Associate Editor @ The Electronic Intifada
  • Miko Peled: Israeli-American Author & Human Rights Activist

5/7/2020
Part One: From Corbyn to Sanders: Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians?

In part one of this two-part online event, author, speaker, and human rights activist, Miko Peled, leads a round table discussion with esteemed journalists, politicians and political activists from both the U.S. and the UK to tackle the question, “Are Zionist Organizations Targeting Progressive Politicians?”

This event was held online via Zoom on May 6, 2020.

Summary:

Investigative reporting has revealed that special interest, pro-Israel organizations have actively worked to disrupt, discredit and ultimately bring down progressive candidates in the U.S. and the UK. Whether engaging in public smear campaigns or working under the radar to thwart elections, pro-Israel organizations and individuals have invested millions of dollars in resources to weaken and sabotage progressive electoral campaigns. The common thread among the targets of these attacks is their persistent call to secure Palestinian rights and stand up against Israeli aggression, thus threatening the unflinching U.S. and UK support for the state of Israel.


4/25/2020
Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro from New York

In this episode, Miko connected with an old friend, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, a retired rabbi emeritus of a congregation in Queens, New York. The rabbi is an author known for his exceptional understanding of Judaism and various components of Jewish identity and is perhaps best known for his original and outspoken stance defending the historic Orthodox Jewish position that rejects the concept of Jewish nationalism and thus, opposes Zionism.

Miko and Rabbi Shaprio had a thorough conversation about anti-Zionism in the context of Orthodox Judaism, the origins of this movement, how it plays out within Israel, anti-semitism, and nation state building in the name of Judaism. It’s a fascinating conversation and viewpoint that is seldom brought onto into the greater conversation of Palestine and Israel.


4/14/2020
Listener Q&A (part two)

We asked our listeners to submit their questions for Miko on the subject of Palestine, Israel, and Middle East  Politics for a special Q&A episode of the podcast. This is part two of the listener Q&A with author and human rights activist, Miko Peled, who tackles questions about:

  • Why haven’t other Arab countries launched military attacks on Israel?
  • Israel’s manufactured image on the world stage
  • Will Israel dismantle apartheid in the style of South Africa?
  • What is legitimate Palestinian resistance? 
  • How can Israeli youth build bridges with Palestinian youth?
  • Why do certain countries still have diplomatic relations with Israel?
  • What do you make of the Bernie Sanders campaign as it relates to the fight for Palestinian justice?

Please continue to support PCRF’s current COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine, which you can donate to right now at www.pcrf.net


4/12/2020
Listener Q&A (part one)

We asked our listeners to submit their questions for Miko on the subject of Palestine, Israel, and Middle East  Politics for a special Q&A episode of the podcast. We received so many questions that this will be split into two episodes. Here is part one of the listener Q&A with author and human rights activist, Miko Peled, who tackles questions about:

  • Coronavirus in Palestine
  • Origins of the historical land of Palestine
  • The Ultra-Orthodox anti-zionist movement
  • The status of the Holy Land Foundation Five
  • The legitimacy of Palestinian resistance
  • Indoctrination in the Israeli educational curriculum

Please continue to support PCRF’s current COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine, which you can donate to right now at www.pcrf.net


4/7/2020
COVID-19 in Palestine with Steve Sosebee of Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

Steve Sosebee is the founder of Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), a non-profit humanitarian organization formed in 1991 that has been providing life saving, critical relief to Palestinians ever since. Since COVID-19 became a global reality, The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund has been working on the ground in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, as well as Lebanon and Jordan’s refugee camps to help support the public health care system and response by providing equipment and materials. 

Miko gets an update from Steve, who is currently on the ground in the West Bank amidst this virus, and they discuss the current situation, infection rates, what PCRF’s relief campaign looks like, and what all of us can do to pitch in and support PCRF’s current COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine, which you can donate to right now. 

Donate to the COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine @ pcrf.net


3/25/2020
Rafat Abu Aish from al-Naqab (The Negev Desert)

This episode was recorded directly from the Naqab desert in Southern Palestine, home to a large bedouin community, and where Miko spoke with Rafat Abu Aish, a bedouin Palestinian activist and citizen of the state of Israel. Rafat was one of the main organizers of the protest against the Israeli government’s ethnic cleansing program called “The Prawer Plan” and has been arrested dozens of times by the Israeli authorities for his activities. Here, Miko and Rafat discuss the bedouin struggle for justice and freedom in Palestine in the face of Zionism and sustained efforts by Israel to ethnically cleanse the native bedouin populations from the Negev Desert.

**CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT FOR GAZA**

One way of providing direct support to the people of Gaza as they brace for the Coronavirus is to donate to “Face Masks for Gaza”, a GoFundMe campaign that is raising funds for a Gaza factory to manufacture face masks for medical workers and the general population.

Please donate here — https://www.gofundme.com/f/facemasks-for-gaza


3/9/2020
Umar al-Ghubari of Zochrot from Mshierfeh, Palestine

In this episode, Miko Peled spoke with Palestinian conflict facilitator, Umar al-Ghubari of Zochrot, an NGO that formed in 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba. Zochrot is also well known for developing a mobile app called iNakba, which allows users to locate and learn about Palestinian localities destroyed during, and as a result of, the Nakba since 1948. 

***We are putting out an important call for our listeners and friends to contribute to Zochrot’s “48 Hours to Acknowledge the 48 Crimes” fundraising campaign on March 22 & 23.

You can donate via www.zohchrot.org and www.facebook.com/Zochrot. The fundraising campaign will go live just prior to March 22 and will last 48 hours. Please chip in what you can do support the crucial work of Zochrot


2/24/2020
Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh, Palestine

In our debut episode, Miko Peled speaks with Bassem Tamimi in person from his village of Nabi Salih. Bassem Tamimi is a prominent Palestinian leader from the village of Nabi Saleh and one of the leaders of the popular resistance movement. Many outside of Palestine know him as the father of Ahed Tamimi, who was famously incarcerated by Israel after she slapped an IDF solider. Miko and Bassem sat down after a community meeting to discuss the current state of Palestinian resistance and what a just future must contain for Palestinians.