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?”.
Omar Barghouti and the Academic Boycott of Israel
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
Palestinian Activist Yafa Jarrar at the People’s Social Forum
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
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)
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!
Interview with Grace Batchoun of CJPME (Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East)
Nora Taji of CPFQ (Canadian-Palestinian Foundation of Quebec)
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