Free, Free Palestine – May 17, 2021


Protest march for Palestine, Mission Street, San Francisco, May 15, 2021.


From Pacifica Radio, this is Covid,  Race and Democracy, a collective effort by producers from the Pacifica Network and radio affiliates. In this week’s show we hear voices of solidarity with Palestine on the 73d anniversary of the Nakhba, when over 750 thousand Palestinians were expelled by massacre from their homeland. We also review some history.

I.  Israel has been emboldened by ex-president Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as its capital, and allies in the region have fallen in line. Settlement expansion has ramped up, but Palestinian resistance to colonization and displacement hasn’t stopped.

To understand the so-called Israel Palestine conflict, we must first understand the colonial imperialist settler project behind Zionism. Ralph Schoenman is the author of “The Hidden History of Zionism.”Listen to his full talk here.

II.  Rasha Anaya and Laura Albast are activists with the Palestinian Youth Movement. They spoke to WPFW Producer and “On the Ground” host Esther Iverem.

III.  In 2020, the British Labour Party, alleging anti-Semitism, suspended Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tony Greenstein, himself a victim a victim of expulsion from the party, talks to Pacifica about ideological coincidences between Zionism and Nazi German ideology. Zionist lobby pressure led to his expulsion from the party.

IV.  Pacifica affiliate KKFI-Kansas City, on their show “Understanding Israel and Palestine,” spoke with Dima Khalidi, director of Palestine Legal, about attacks on the free speech of Palestinians and critics of Israel.

V.  Professor Rabab Abdulhadi is the Chair of the San Francisco State University Arab & Muslim Ethnicities & Diasporas (AMED) program. She discusses how her department has been attacked by Zionists, who have accused her and her students of being terrorists. She also reports on Zoom, Facebook and Youtube shutting down her webinars.

VI.  Abby Martin, journalist and producer of the Empire Files, has faced first hand the effort to stop her from speaking out about the Palestinian struggle and the boycott of Israel. She spoke to Pacifica/KPFK producer Polina Vasiliev. Check out her recently released feature documentary Gaza Fights for Freedom.

Extra Links:

Zionism, Israel & The Witch Hunt In The UK Labour Party & Universities With Tony Greenstein,
Professor Rabab Abdulhadi & Sean Malloy On Zionist Attacks & Social Media Censorship

Stop Israeli Terror, Evictions & Occupation! Thousands Rally & March In San Francisco

Ralph Schoenman, author of “The Hidden History of Zionism”

Taking Aim

Host: Steve Zeltzer
Producers: Steve Zeltzer and Polina Vasiliev.
Executive producers: Akua Holt, Polina Vasiliev, and Steve Zeltzer
“Oy Ir Narishe Tsionistn,” by Daniel Kahn and Psoy Korolenko
“We Will Not Go Down,” by Michael Heart
“Al Kufiyyeh 3arabeyyeh” (The Kufiyeh is Arab), Shadia Mansour featuring M1 of Dead Prez