CKUT’s Palestine Solidarity Sessions Available for Download and Re-broadcast!


CKUT Palestine Solidarity Sessions – Available for download and re-broadcast!

In the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre, CKUT produced a series of in-depth interviews with Palestinians and their allies. We interviewed academics, journalists, artists, actors, record labels, graphic designers and asked them one important question: “What can ordinary people do to prevent future massacres in Palestine, and take a stand for justice?”. 




Think of it as a solidarity toolbox, full of ideas for a free Palestine. Please feel free to download and rebroadcast any of the interviews below, crediting the CKUT community news collective. For more information, email Aaron Lakoff at

All segments are between 10-20 minutes in length, and come with musical bookends (intro and outro).
Hind Awwad and the International Boycott Movement
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Hind Awwad is the former coordinator of the Boycott National Committee (BNC) in Palestine, and is currently working with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Toronto. CKUT spoke with her for the Palestine Solidarity Sessions about how people can get involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and how we can build winning campaigns in the wake of this summer’s Gaza massacre.

Omar Barghouti and the Academic Boycott of Israel

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Omar Barghouti is the founder of PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and a long time Palestinian activist based in Jerusalem. He spoke with the Palestine Solidarity Sessions at CKUT about the importance of the academic boycott of Israeli apartheid in the wake of “Operation Protective Edge”, how Israeli academia supports the Israeli military, and some of the links between universities in Canada and Israel.

An Interview with Ian Ilavsky from Constellation Records

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Ian Ilavsky is the co-founder and co-owner of Montreal independent record label Constellation Records. Ian Ilavsky signed the Artists Against Israeli Apartheid statement in 2010 in support ofBDS-Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and Constellation Records has recently released a statement on their website condemning the recent Israeli war crimes in Gaza. 

Palestinian Activist Yafa Jarrar at the People’s Social Forum

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Yafa Jarrar is a Palestinian activist and organizer based in Ottawa. CKUT sat down with her during the People’s Social Forum to talk about the Palestine solidarity assembly happening at the forum, the links between Indigenous struggle in Turtle Island and Palestine, and recent developments in the case of her mother, Khalida Jarrar. Khalida Jarrar is an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council living in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, and a long-time activist with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). She was recently issued an internal expulsion order by Israeli occupation forces, but is resisting her forced displacement to the city of Jericho. You can find more information on her case here:

Theatre for Gaza

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Interview with Rahul Varma, playwright, artistic director, Teesri Duniya Theatre and Majdi Bou-Matar, artistic director, MT Space

Tiffany Lam of the CKUT news collective spoke recently with Rahul Varma and Majdi Bou-Matar on what playwrights, theatre companies, and artists of conscience can do to stand in solidarity with Palestine.  The two recently wrote a statement on Gaza, beginning:

“We, as artists committed to social justice, respect for human life and world-peace, and

in a resolute opposition to war, violence and destruction – oppose the war in Gaza and

invite dialogue for achieving a just peace for all.”

Hala Marley-Yassin of PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity)

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Hala Marley-Yassin is a board member of PAJU – Palestinian and Jewish Unity. PAJU was founded in the year 2000 by Bruce Katz, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist, and the late Rezek Faraj, a Palestinian-Canadian activist. In 2002, PAJU began a long-running weekly picket of the Israeli consulate in Montreal after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. In recent years, they have moved their weekly pickets to target different business with links to Israeli apartheid in order to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

In this interview, Hala speaks about the history of PAJU, and also about how people can get involved in the boycott, looking at companies like Chapters/Indigo, Naot shoes, and SodaStream.

Interview with Doug Smith of Tadamon!

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Doug Smith is a Montreal- based Palestine solidarity activist and a member of Tadamon!. Tadamon is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.
Imaging Apartheid with Kevin Lo
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Kevin Lo is a Montreal based artist and community organizer. He is the founder of Loki Design, which is an independent graphic design studio based here in Montreal and he teaches design at Concordia University. He is also a committee member of the Imaging Apartheid  initiative, which is a poster project in solidarity with Palestine and is the co-creator of the online memorial “In Gaza”which lists all of the names of the Gazans who have been killed in the recent Israeli operation.

Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East)

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Grace Batchoun is the VP Public Relations of CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East). CJPME is a non-profit and secular organisation. One of its main missions is to enable Canadians of all backgrounds to promote and work for justice and peace in Palestine. Recently CJPME released an instruction guide called “Speak up for Palestinian human rights”. The goal of this guide is to provide Canadians with tools that will help them defend Palestinian human rights and raise awareness about the struggle of the Palestinian people.

Nora Taji of CPFQ (Canadian-Palestinian Foundation of Quebec)

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Noja Taji is a committee member of the CPFQ (the Canadian Palestinian Foundation of Quebec). CPFQ is a Montreal-based cultural, social and charitable non-profit organization.

In this interview, Nora talks about CPFQ and how it was founded in the 80s as a way to help the Palestinian community in Montreal.  She also discusses the importance of maintaining and promoting the Palestinian cultural heritage to resist cultural appropriation by Israel. Nora also explains how you can volunteer within CPFQ to help with the different activities they participate in, this include the upcoming Orientalys festival taking place from August 29 to September 2nd.

Hanna Kawas on debunking the media

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Hanna Kawas is a Palestinian-Canadian originally from occupied Bethlehem. He is currently the chairperson of the Canada Palestine Association of Vancouver. Hanna is also a long-time media activist and the producer of “The Voice of Palestine“, which used to air on Coop Radio in Vancouver, and is now hosted on a Youtube channel. In this interview, he analyzes the Canadian mainstream media coverage of the Gaza massacre, and offers the listener tools to break down media myths, as well as to search for more accurate independent reporting on Palestine.

Edmond Omran of Medical Aid for Palestine

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Edmond Omran is the president of Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP). MAP’s mission is to improve the health condition of Palestinians while respecting their autonomy and self-determination. MAP also works to develop cooperation and understanding between Canadians and Palestinians through the exchange of information and resources.

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