Israeli-American author 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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Episode 03: 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.
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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.
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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
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.