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  • Host: Amy Browne
    Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Palestine–child arrests

    Key Discussion Points:
    Israel tries and convicts hundreds of Palestinian children in military courts each year. Many of these children, between the ages of 12 and 17, experience abuse during their arrest and detention and about one-fifth are put into solitary confinement.

    The long-term consequences of the systematic arrest and detention of children in Palestine include lifetime travel restrictions, unfinished schooling, disruptions within families, and a fear of future arrest and harm.

    Organizations within Palestine are working to educate and advocate for children on their rights under international law.

    Ivan Karakashian, advocacy unit coordinator, Defence for Children International, Palestine
    Suha Ziyada, public relations officer with Al Shoruq
    Issa Suf, activist, Hares

    Defence for Children International, Palestine www.dci-pal.org/
    Shoruq Organization www.shoruq.org/
    info on the round-up of boys in Hares haresboys.wordpress.com/

  • Host: Amy Browne
    Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Issue: Palestinian call for boycott– BDS movement for Palestinian human rights

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Students for Justice in Palestine, a Bowdoin College student club, promotes on-campus dialogue by collecting petition signatures in solidarity with the American Studies Association’s decision to boycott Israeli academic and cultural institutions.

    b) Some Israelis speak out in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure their own country, Israel, to end its oppressive policies.

    c) The demand for human rights for Palestinians is linked to other social justice issues.

    Sinead Lamel, Bowdoin College student, member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

    Zohran Mamdani, Bowdoin College student, member of SJP

    Yonatan Shapira, Israeli refusenik, active with Boycott from Within

    1-Bowdoin President Barry Mills’ statement re. the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions: www.bowdoin.edu/president/speeches/index.shtml
    2-Sinead Lamel and Zohran Mamdani’s Bangor Daily News editorial: bangordailynews.com/2014/01/08/opinion/bowdoin-should-join-academic-boycott-of-israeli-institutions/
    3-To read/sign Bowdoin petition in solidarity with the American Studies Association:
    4-(Bowdoin) Students for Justice in Palestine on Twitter: @ Bowdoin SJP
    5-Boycott from Within: www.boycottisrael.info/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributor: Matt Murphy

    Program Topics: Occupy Maine/Occupy Wall Street; Mainers Report Back From Palestine

    *Occupy Maine statewide meeting will be held at Burdock Gathering in Starks on 8/19/12
    *Mainers who recently returned from Palestine spoke about their experiences recently
    *Efforts underway to organize a group in Maine to join the international BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions) movement for human rights

    -Interview with David Smith, Occupy Waldo County
    -Recorded audio from Palestine presentation: Sally Bowden-Schaible


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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Framing: the political messaging in the language used about Palestine/Israel
    b) Under-reported stories and voices of Palestinians and people in the Jewish Israeli human rights movement
    c) “Brand Israel” and the push back against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement

    Dr. Alice Rothchild, co-founder and co-chair of American Jews for a Just Peace-Boston and author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resistance

    Call In Program: no

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Segment 1: The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs heard testimony in Augusta today, on LD 1237 “An Act to Prohibit Bullying in Schools”. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Terry Morrison, who says that it would provide a clear definition of bullying, and guidelines for prevention that are consistent throughout Maine’s schools. Opponents, including the Maine Christian Civic League and representatives of some of the state’s school boards, spoke against the legislation. They say the legislation is unnecessary, removes local control and impedes free speech. The Maine Civil Liberties Union testified as neither in support nor opposed, citing concerns about the scope of the legislation, which they hope can be addressed in an upcoming legislative work session.
    Everyone seemed to agree, however, that bullying IS a problem in Maine’s schools. Here is what the high school students who testified at today’s hearing, had to say.

    Segment 2: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, who lives in Beit Sahour in the West Bank. He teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He spoke at USM in Portland on March 27 during his book tour for his most recent book, Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. His talk titled “Connections: The Palestinian Connection, Arab Popular Resistance, and the US” highlighted examples of sixty-two years of largely nonviolent Palestinian popular resistance and described US-Israel relations.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Lawrence Reichard, Carolyn Coe

    Segment 1: Lawrence Reichard concludes his series of reports on the 1 -year anniversary of the coup in Honduras

    Segment 2: Produced by Carolyn Coe. As Israeli settlements continue to expand in the West Bank, the Palestinian farmers’ ability to grow food to support themselves has been threatened or made impossible. Farmers have responded with nonviolent resistance, replanting trees and making efforts to continue working on the lands declared by the Israeli Defense Force as closed military zones.
    M’hamed Zagig, member of the Beit Ummar popular committee; Mousa Abu Maria, member of the Beit Ummar popular committee and cofounder of the Palestinian Solidarity Project;  Ala’ Abu Maria, resident of a house in Beit Ummar frequently occupied by the Israeli military; Souad, 63-year-old farmer in Saffa M’hamed (Awad) Abu Swai, farmer in Artas who works for the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture; Nassima, interpreter Reem Al-Banna, singer at the Nakba remembrance event in AlMa’sara on May 14
    FMI: www.palestinesolidarityproject.org  www.peacenow.org.il

    Segment 3:  Carolyn Coe reports on the demonstration at AlMa’sara

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne, Carolyn Coe, Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topic: Palestinian nonviolent resistance in Aida Camp

    (Aida Refugee Camp is one of three Palestinian camps in Bethlehem area of the West Bank.)

    Speakers: Mazin Qumsiyeh, Prof. at Bethelehem and Birzeit Universities
    Abdel Fattah Adelsour, Director and Founder of Alrowwad Cultural and Theater Training Centre in Aida Camp

    They describe camp conditions and ways Palestinians have taken nonviolent action to preserve their cultural heritage and to challenge the Israeli occupation.

    www.ashoka.org (Dr. Adelsour mentioned being a fellow of this organization of social entrepreneurs.)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Carolyn Coe, Lawrence Reichard

    Segment 1:  Husam Zomlot and Ann Wright, speaking at the United for Justice with Peace strategy conference titled “Breaking the Siege of Gaza” on June 19,2010 in Cambridge, MA :  What are activists doing to build the movement and to end the seige of Gaza and U.S. support for the occupation of Palestine?  What was the experience of the passengers aboard the humanitarian flotilla raided by the Israeli navy?  Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Segment 2: Lawrence Reichard report on conditions in Honduras, on the 1 year anniversary of the coup.

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