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?”.
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.
For more info about CKUT’s Palestine Solidarity sessions, click here.
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.
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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:
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 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.
This interview was produced by Sawssan Kaddoura of CKUT’s Under the Olive Tree
As the tragedy unfolds in Gaza day to day, it underlines the importance of the work we are doing as independent community journalists to engage in truth-telling, and to also give our listeners tools to get involved in preventing Israeli aggression.
Throughout the month of August, CKUT brings you “The Palestine Solidarity Sessions”, an in-depth series focusing on the issue of Palestine, and what can be done.
**How to listen**
Tune in on CKUT, 90.3 FM in Montreal, or online at www.ckut.ca during the following shows:
–The Morning Ater, Tuesdays 7am
–Off the Hour, Wednesdays 5-6pm
–Under the Olive Tree, Thursdays 11am