The Miko Peled Podcast

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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5/7/2020
Episode 08: 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.

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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
Episode 07: 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
Episode 06: 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
Episode 05: 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
Episode 04: 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
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.

**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
Episode 02: 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
Episode 01: 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. 


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