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Nora spoke to an overflow crowd at a private home in Newton, MA, on August 17, 2014. The event was cosponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Newton Dialogues on Peace and War, United for Justice with Peace Palestine Task Force, and Massachusetts Peace Action.
Truth and Justice Radio was there to record. We have split our recording into three pieces to accommodate broadcast needs: main talk (51:27), first six minutes of Q&A (5:40), and remaining Q&A (23:56). For Q&A, we explicitly skipped over a lengthy pro-Israel harangue by an attender easily described as a Zionist true believer. If you want to hear similar harangues, simply go to the so-called mainstream media.
Nora's husband was there too, along with their three daughters. His voice can be heard on the recording, especially toward the end of Q&A. He works for the UN in a professional social services capacity which specifically enables him to circumvent (with difficulty) Israel's illegal block to passage into and out of Gaza.
Nora has lived in the Occupied Territories for more than ten years and has close contacts with youth in Gaza. She was in Ramallah this July as the current Israeli slaughter began.
Nora is a writer and mother living in Palestine. Her blog: "The View From My Window in Palestine" (www.noralestermurad.com) addresses issues of development, international aid, and daily life under military occupation. Before she moved to Palestine in 2004, Nora was assistant professor of cross-cultural understanding at Bentley College.
She is a co-founder of the Dalia Association on the West Bank; Dalia provides material aid directly to community projects formulated and organized by local people. She has extensive first hand knowledge of the impact of the Occupation and grass roots resistance to it. She is also well connected to Gaza residents struggling to survive under horrific conditions.
Truth and Justice Radio is an award-winning public affairs program airing 6-10am Sundays on Boston area station WZBC 90.3FM, also streaming live and archived two weeks at wzbc.org. Its primitive website is truthandjusticeradio.org. One of TJR's special features, besides ones like this, is "This Week In Palestine"; archives of it are available via that website.
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