100 Years of War Against Palestinians

The Balfour Declaration was issued on Nov 2nd 1917 as a letter from Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Sir Arthur James Balfour, to Baron Walter Rothschild, a leader in the Zionist movement, which was subsequently incorporated into the Sevres Peace Treaty with Turkey and the Mandate for Palestine.The letter  promised a homeland for Jewish people and paved the way for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, which continues to this day.As, Palestinians have been demanding an apology from Great Britain, the British prime minister Theresa May has made the commemoration of the centenary of the disposition of tens of millions of Palestinians, and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine, a moment of national pride for Great Britain!This hour we hear from Columbia university historian professor Rashid Khalidi speaking about the Balfour declaration and the role of superpowers in supporting and cementing Israel’s settler colonial project. Professor Khalidi  gave the keynote speech titled the 100 year war,  at the Center for Palestine Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London in 2016.

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This lecture titled “The Hundred Year War in Palestine” was given by Rashid Khalidi (Columbia University) at the Centre for Palestine Studies at SOAS University of London on 11 March 2016.

 

More Resources:

Merip: 100 year war by Joan Mandell – http://www.merip.org/mer/mer108/100-year-war

Here is also an Amazon link to order one of Khalidi’s books – https://www.amazon.com/Iron-Cage-Palestinian-Struggle-Statehood/dp/0807003093

 

Climate Justice Series on Vomena: Politics of Water Rights Under Occupation

Climate Justice Series on VOMENA: The Politics of Water Rights Under Occupation

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The Middle East and North Africa  are susceptible to some of the more severe consequences of climate change including extreme weather patterns, heat waves, extensive drought and rising sea levels, and, Climate change could make previously habitable sections of North Africa and the Middle East that were uninhabitable. Meanwhile,, most of the conversation and coverage of climate change and other factors which have exacerbated living conditions for tens of millions of people is often depicted as a “ global security” issue for the west
 
So we have decided to start a new series looking at the intersections of climate change, war, politics, oil driven economies, and how the  overlays of these factors impact the region’s ecosystems, human health, agriculture, and fisheries, and other aspects of people’s livelihood. We will also bring you the voices of environmental justice activists, journalists, authors who are working to save their communities.


This week we speak with  Palestinian environmental researcher and activist Muna Dajani the impacts of climate change in the MENA region and underlying reasons for the water crisis in Palestine!

 Guest:

Muna Dajani is a policy member of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a Palestinian environmental researcher and activist based in Jerusalem..
 
She is currently a PhD student at the London School of Economics (LSE) at the department of Geography and Environment.
 
Her research  aims to identify the link between identity, resilience and farming under the military occupation, where farming acquires political subjectivity as a form of cultural resistance. Her research interests are environmental politics, community-led resource management, and social impacts of climate change.

Additional Information

Interview with Muna Dajani- Jadmagazine 

Muna’s Research at LSE University – LSE 

Article by Muna Dajani – alshabaka

 

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The Jordan River – Curtsy of Wikipedia

 

Human Flow: A Documentary by Chinese Contemporary Artist Ai Wei Wei

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Theaters:

2230 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA, 94704

One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco, CA, 94111

1118 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901

Web Resources:

Documentary on Refugees by Ai Weiwei – San Francisco Article 

VOMENA Full Program: October 13,2017

Edward Said Speaking about Orientalism

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September 25th marked the 14th anniversary of the passing of Professor Edward Said, a post colonial scholar and public figure who permanently changed the conversation about western imperialism and the west’s orientalist gaze towards the east.

Today we’ll remember Edward Said by listening to him speaking about his seminal work, Orientalism, which critiques the racism of the West’s historical and cultural perceptions of the Middle East

 

 

 The 21st Annual Arab Film Festival

The Arab Film Festival opens in the Bay Area on Friday, Oct 13th, and it will be showing films in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley through October 22. This year’s festival features a short film series on the refugee crisis, a series focused on Saudi films, and a range of other topics spanning from media representation of Palestinians to surfing. Khalil Bendib spoke with the Arab Film Festival’s Artistic Director  Deana Nassar about the festival and its expansion  to include dates in Los Angeles

 

Additional Information

The 21st Annual Arab Film Festival Schedule

 Missing Edward Said-Jadmagazine

Edward Said in “The New Left Review” 

VOMENA: August 18, 2017

 

Attacks on Palestinian Faculty and Students at San Francisco State University

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This week, we speak with San Francisco State University Professor Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi about the attacks by Zionist groups and the University administration against her personally and against student groups speaking up for Palestinian rights on the campus

Rabab Abdulhadi is the Director of the Arab Muslim and Ethnicities Diasporas Studies Program at San Francisco State University.

Sinan Antoon Reads Mahmoud Darwish

Later in the program, we mark the 9th anniversary of the death of the celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. He passed away  on August 9th 2008.

NYU professor Sinan Antoon will read some Mahmoud Darwish’s poem’s he translated.

Additional information

Facebook page for the campaign to defend Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi

Mondoweiss-Struggling for justice at San Francisco State University

VOMENA July 21, 2017

 

Gaza on the Brink

Lions gateGaza has been under siege for nearly 10 years now. In the year 2012, The United Nations declared the Gaza strip will not have the resources for human survival by the year 2020, but recently
Robert Piper, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, in the Occupied Palestinian Territories describe Gaza as currently “unliveable’ land for its 1,8 million inhabitants.

To understand the Conditions in Gaza and the political context surrounding the deteriorating humanitarian situation, Vomena’s Mira Nabulis speaks with Jehad Abu Salim,a Palestinian from Gaza, and a doctoral student in history at New York University

Selma Dabbagh on her novel “Out of It”

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We speak with British-Palestinian fiction author Selma Dabbagh about her novel, Out of It, which focuses on the internal dynamics of a family in Gaza during wartime, as well as on the divisions within Palestinian society.

 

 

 

Additional Information

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator, Robert Piper, on the electricity crisis in Gaza

Gaza’s electricity crisis- Al Jazeera

Coverage of the protests this week in Al Jazeera

Review of “Out of It”

VOMENA: July 14, 2017

 Gulf crisis and the future of Al Jazeera PT 2, and remembering Dr. Jack Shaheen

al jazeeraThis week, we continue our conversation with Adel Iskander, Professor of Global communications at Simon Fraser university, about the rise, history of the Al Jazeera network and future following the feud between Saudi Arabia, its allies and Qatar.

 

 

 

 

jack-shaheenLater in the program, we pay tribute to prominent media scholar Professor Jack Shaheen, who passed away on July 9. Professor Shaheen’s seminal work “Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” tells the long history of vilification of Arab American and and Muslims on the silver screen.

 

Additional Information:

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Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis-Jadaliyya

Timeline of Qatar-GCC disputes from 1991 to 2017-Al Jazeera

Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar-The Guardian

Reel Bad Arabs Documentary

Reel Bad Arabs Book

Jack and Bernice Shaheen on Arab Stereotyping in the media

Jack Shaheen tribute-Al Jazeera

VOMENA: July 7, 2017

Al Jazeera Targeted in Gulf Crisis

al jazeeraLast month Saudi Arabia and its allies, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates, and Egypt cut off all diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, and imposed a land and air blockade because of Qatar’s alleged support for “terrorism”

Soon after, they turned the screws on Qatar by giving it 10 days to comply to a list of 13 demands.

According to news reports, the list of demands included a dictate to shut down Al Jazeera Network and all media outlets funded by Qatar directly or indirectly like Arabi21, Middle East Eye, Al Araby Al jadeed, ( the new arab) and Rassd.

Malihe Spoke with Adel Iskandar, an Assistant Professor of Global Communications at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver about Aljazeera and its operation for the past 20 years, and what’s in store for the network, as well as an overview of the conflict between between the Saudi led block and Qatar.

Additional Information

Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Crisis-Jadaliyya

Timeline of Qatar-GCC disputes from 1991 to 2017-Al Jazeera

Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as countries cut ties with Qatar-The Guardian

VOMENA June 30, 2017

 

Miriyam Aouragh on the Protests in Morocco (Pt.2)

miriyam aouragh vproLast October, protests erupted in Morocco’s Rif region after a fish vendor named Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor as he tried to retrieve fish the police had taken from him, claiming it was caught illegally.

The protests have continued through 2017 and have taken up many of the same demands made during the February 20th movement of 2011, the large-scale protest movement during the Arab Spring.

Anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh has called the recent protests as the “unfinished business” of Moroccan “Arab Spring” activists, and some on social media have been calling the latest wave of widespread demonstrations the “new February 20,” referring to the movement of 2011.

On June 26th, during the the Eid holiday at the end of Ramadan, around 50 protesters were arrested following violent clashes with Moroccan police in the northern city of Al-Hoceima in Morocco’s northern Rif region
Khalil Bendib picked up his conversation with Dr Arough where he left it last week about the latest protests in Morocco and what this means for the democracy movement in Morocco

 

 

The Yemen Relief Project

feedyemen2For months now, the UN has been warning of a looming human catastrophe in Yemen that could potentially kill hundreds of thousands of people . United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council recently that the war, together with the cholera outbreak and widespread hunger in Yemen could lead to the collapse of the country. The brutal US funded Saudi led military attack in Yemen has claimed more than 10,000 lives and has left the country’s infrastructure in Ruins.

This week, we will talk about the dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen and how one organization is trying to raise awareness about the unfolding human catastrophe in Yemen and to raise funds to help people with food and medicine. We’ll be joined by 3 founding members of Yemen Relief Project, a grassroots, charitable organization working to provide humanitarian relief while improving the overall quality of life of Yemeni people in underserved communities.

afa al-dabyani, Husain Muhsin and Dr walid hamud-ahmed are founding members of the Yemen relief project, a grassroots, charitable organization working to provide humanitarian relief while improving the overall quality of life of Yemeni people in underserved communities. You can help with their campaign to deliver food and life-saving supplies to Yemen by  visiting  Yemen relief project.org.

or you can donate directly here: www.crowdrise.com/project-heal-yemen

VOMENA June 23, 2017

Miriyam Aouragh on The Ongoing Protests in Morocco

miriyam aouragh vproWe go to London to speak with Moroccan anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the recent revival of anti- government protests in the northern Rif region on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast
Last October, protests erupted in Morocco’s Rif region after A fish vendor named Mouhcine Fikri was crushed to death by a garbage truck compactor as he tried to retrieve fish the police had taken from him and claimed was caught illegally. The protests have continued through 2017 and have taken up many of the same demands made during the February 20th movement, the large-scale protest movement during the Arab Spring. Anthropologist Miriyam Aouragh has described the recent protests as the “unfinished business” of Moroccan “Arab Spring” activists, and some on social media have been calling the latest wave of widespread demonstrations the “new February 20,” referring to the movement of 2011.
Khalil Bendib spoke with Professor Aouragh about the legacy of resistance in Morocco, and specifically in the Rif region, the epicenter of the current protests.

Sinan Antoon’s Novel “The Corpse Washer” 

51t6SPOpZvL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week, we speak with award-winning Iraqi poet and author Sinan Antoon about his novel “The Corpse Washer”. The book paints a vivid and heartbreaking portrait of Iraq, confronting the war-torn nation’s horrifying recent history.

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