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 This Week In Palestine 
  ... convergence with Black Lives Matter
 Weekly Program
 Host John Roberts, speaker Omar Barghouti
 Truth & Justice Radio (WZBC)  
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In this edition we focus on the growing power of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. In a few minutes we will hear from the key spokesperson for the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, but first we take a look at how support for the movement is spreading into significant communities of color as they recognize the relationship of their struggle to that of the Palestinians.

We begin this exploration by reading from an article by Columbia University professor Hamid Dabishi who is professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature.

“Two significant public events came together in late August to turn this season of morbid political despair in the United States presidential election to highlight a far more significant social movement otherwise hidden to the outside world. One was when the American football team San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the nationnal anthem before games because he said the US oppresses African-Americans and other minorities. The other was when the widely popular pop singer Beyonce brought a few mothers of police violence victims to the MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony as her special guests.

"These two public events are predicated on a much deeper and more enduring development in the US known as Black Lives Matter, a grassroots civil rights movement that originated in the African-American community campaigning against systematic violence and racism towards black people. ..."

Israel is not taking this lying down. They have organized their propaganda machine to fight back against the BDS onslaught. We read an article from the Israeli Newspaper Maariv which makes this point. ...

Finally, our feature presentation today is a speech by BDS’s major voice to the world, Omar Barghouti. It was to be presented at Stanford University in person, but as we heard, Israel has suspended Barghouti’s travel permits in an effort to silence him, so the presentation was via SKYPE.
This Week In Palestine (a weekly part of Truth and Justice Radio) is an award-winning three-quarter-hour segment of news from Palestine and discussion of issues relevant to the Palestinians' struggle for freedom from Israel's brutal military occupation and colonization of their homeland. It speaks from the point of view of Palestinians and those who care about them. It's a regular part of Truth and Justice Radio, aired Sundays 6-10am ET on WZBC 90.3FM, Newton, MA, streaming and archived for two weeks at; TJR's website,, has a link to This Week In Palestine archives back thru 1-6-2008; editions are also accessible at or by navigating through our playlists. (At this important time, TJR has been airing Palestine coverage IN ADDITION to that provided by This Week In Palestine.) We hope you'll write to us at if you rebroadcast our work, or have questions or comments.

 This Week In Palestine 9-18-2016 Download Program Podcast
Omar Barghouti and others on the growing power of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
00:49:49 English 2016-09-18
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