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On this week's show... * Radio Free Palestine-- stories to commemorate 60 years of Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Occupation
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On today's show...
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Thursday May 15th marked the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Israeli state. As Israelis celebrated their independence, thousands of Palestinians and citizens around the world decried this day as "Al Nakba" or the catastrophe of 1948 when 700,000 Palestinians fled or were forced to leave homes, and hundreds of villages were destroyed, in the fighting around Israel's creation. Palestinians denounced the decades since 1948, which have seen the disintegration of Palestine territory, and the displacement, imprisonment, torture and occupation of Palestinians by Israel forces.
President Bush made a trip to Israel to participate in the commemoration, stating that Israelis were a chosen people, and that quote "America will always stand with." In Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, pedestrians stood at attention for two minutes to remember the "Nakba". A mournful siren sounded and 21,915 black balloons were released into the air-- an amount equal to the number of days since the Nakba took place.
In honor of Al Nakba, the International Middle East Media Center in Bethlehem (Palestine) participated in an historic 18-hour international radio reflection of the catastrophe. This collaborative radio broadcast included the participation of CKUT in Montreal, CHRY in Toronto, and KBOO in Portland with contributions from Pacifica Radio and Democracy Now!
Today Rustbelt Radio spends the hour commemorating Al Nakba with these radio broadcasts. First, we take a look at the status of Internally Displaced Palestinians and recent protests in Palestine.
That was Detroit-based hip-hop artist Invincible featuring Abeer, with the song "People not Places"
You are listening to Rustbelt Radio, the Pittsburgh Independent Media Center's weekly review of news overlooked by the corporate media. We now continue with our 1 hour special on Al Nakba-- sixty years since the Palestinian catastrophe.
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