Archives for Palestine

WERU Special: Rachel Corrie Wrongful Death Case 2/23/15

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topic: Dismissal of appeal by Supreme Court of Israel in wrongful death case of Rachel Corrie

Who was Rachel Corrie?
What steps has her family taken to seek answers and to call for accountability in Rachel’s death?
How does the play My Name is Rachel Corrie spread her story and message?

Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother
Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father
Hussein Abu Hussein, attorney for the Corrie family in the wrongful death case
Sarah Corrie Simpson, Rachel’s sister


WERU News Report 12/31/14

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Part 2 of 2

A recording from earlier this month when author & physician Alice Rothchild toured Maine, meeting with Angus King’s staff and with groups interested in her experiences in Israel and Palestine. Her visit coincided with the unveiling of her portrait, the latest in Rob Shetterly’s series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth”.

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WERU News Report 12/30/14

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Part 1 of 2

A recording from earlier this month when author & physician Alice Rothchild toured Maine, meeting with Angus King’s staff and with groups interested in her experiences in Israel and Palestine. Her visit coincided with the unveiling of her portrait, the latest in Rob Shetterly’s series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth”.

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WERU News Report 9/2/14

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Israeli industrial settlements

Factories, even those forced to stop operating inside Israel because of their poor environmental records, have relocated to the occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT). These illegal factories’ industrial wastewater has polluted Palestinian streams and farmland, and their smokestacks have created dark clouds of dust particles over Palestinian towns. Public health problems associated with this industrial pollution include higher than average cancer rates, skin diseases, and respiratory ailments. Palestinians work in these factories as many other employment options are denied them.
It is through the struggles of a local union that the exploitive and dangerous working conditions in the settlement factories in Tulkarm, but not broadly throughout the oPT, have improved somewhat.


Murad Samara, municipal employee and activist in Bruqin
Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Stop the Wall campaign
Shatha Zayda, health worker in mobile clinic, Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Salfit
Abdelkarim Dalbah, journalist and part of UN team assessing the damages because of the Wall
Fayez Tayeeb, organic farmer and activist, Tulkarm
Salman Sulieman, organizer for Stop the Wall, Tulkarm
Mohammed Blady, president of the New Palestine Federation of Trade Unions, Tulkarm

Information on the Nitzanei Shalom and Barqan industrial zones in the occupied Palestinian Territory as well as specific factories such as Geshuri Industries and the Solor Group can be found at

WERU News Report 8/20/14

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

With the situation in Palestine being covered by various media outlets on a daily basis in recent weeks, we may feel like we’re saturated with information about the on-going crisis. But most of us have not traveled to the region, and don’t know the people who are reporting or what pressures their media outlets might be putting on them. So to put things in a different context, we’ve invited two of our community members who *have* traveled to Palestine recently to tell us about what they witnessed. Robert Shetterly is the artist behind the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series, and Carolyn Coe is a local teacher. You’ve heard them both on the WERU airwaves in the past, and a lot of you know them as community members. I invited them to be my guests on this week’s WERU News Report to give us their first hand accounts

WERU Special: Mainers Speak Out – Palestine 8/7/14

Producers/Hosts: Carolyn Coe & Amy Browne

*Note- Due to a recording error, the introduction to this program was omitted, but the transcript of the intro follows:

Welcome to this WERU Special – Mainers speaking out about Israel and Palestine. It’s August 7th, 2014. I’m Amy Browne.

A group of Mainers visited Senator Collin’s office in Portland earlier this week, to – in their words “object to her support of Israel’s international war crimes against civilians, to the $3.1 billion annual military aid to Israel supplied by U.S. taxpayers, and to the senator representing AIPAC [ the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] rather than her Maine constituents.” WERU’s Carolyn Coe was there and recorded their comments, which we’re going to hear now, then we’ll be opening the phone lines at the half hour for your reaction and comments on the issue.

WERU News Report 8/5/14

Producer: Carolyn Coe

Segment 1: Farm/art exchange
Segment 2: Palestine

Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville has launched the 2014 farm/art exchange to investigate “how humans’ connection to the land is central to the restoration of the health of the earth and our own survival.” It pairs area artists and farmers.
In July, artist Patricia Wheeler and Tinder Hearth bakery owners Lydia Moffet and Tim Semler discussed song, local history, and some of the challenges in operating their business.
Then, from a recording in Beit Sahour, Palestine, in May, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh speaks about human rights, government hypocrisy and a failed Israeli military operation.


Lydia Moffet, Tinder Hearth Bakery owner
Tim Semler, Tinder Hearth Bakery owner
Patricia Wheeler, multimedia artist, Deer Isle

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, activist and biology professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities

Reversing Falls Farm/Art Exchange:
Video about 18 cows of Beit Sahour:

WERU News Report 7/23/14

Producer: Carolyn Coe

Topic: Jordan Valley, Palestine

Key discussion points:
Israel’s occupation of Palestine has made life for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley very difficult. Palestinian farmers and herders struggle as Israel controls their water access, has implemented severe land use restrictions and export barriers, and has demolished their homes. As family debt rises, Palestinians often seek employment in the expanding Israeli colonial settlements.
The agricultural settlements lack enforcement of labor protections, so Palestinian workers receive less than the Israeli minimum wage, and they work without sick days or pensions. They are often recruited by a Palestinian go-between who takes a significant cut in the workers’ pay. Palestinian children comprise as much as ten percent of this workforce.

Rashed Sawafta, organizer, Jordan Valley Solidarity
Feras Yousef Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
Ivan Karakashian, advocacy unit coordinator, Defence for Children International, Palestine
Amjad Jaber, director, Palestinian Ministry of Labor, Jericho
Hamza Zbeidat, field organizer, Ma’an Development Agency
Taleb Ali Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
Hamda Ali Masoud Ibdirat, agricultural worker in Massu’a and Tomer settlements
Ahmed Saeed, farmer, Palestinian Farmers’ Union
Jamal Juma’, coordinator, Stop the Wall campaign

Ma’an Development Center
Defence for Children International, Palestine,
Stop the Wall campaign,
Jordan Valley Solidarity