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Yael Dayan: it takes more than birth to be Jewish listen

11/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yael Dayan says Jewish identity is a concern of everyday life for Jews. She grew up in Israel and describes herself as a secular Jew. Beyond religion, beyond the common Hebrew language and traditions, Dayan says common values bind Jews from all over the world.

Around the world Jews were usually a minority, and that led to discrimination. Dayan said that in Israel, for the first time, Jews became a majority, and that such a big change created other problems.

Dayan acknowledges the divers...

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Palestinian village of al-Walaja being surrounded by settlements. listen

10/19/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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You won't find al-Walaja on a map of Israel: The tiny Palestinian village close to the Green Line is fast disappearing, swallowed by settlements encroaching on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

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40 supporters of Gaza Freedom Flotilla rally in Temple Terrace listen

06/14/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two weeks ago, at least nine activists were killed when Israeli Commandos boarded an aid flotilla that was en route to Gaza last month. Since then, protests and vigils have been taking place all over the world. Around 40 people gathered holding signs and banners during rush hour traffic on Friday in Temple Terrace. WMNF’s Kelly Benjamin was there and spoke with Ramsey Kilic, director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Remah Ahmad, a Palestinian woman who...

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Interfaith rally in support of Gaza Freedom Flotilla listen

06/11/10 Kelly Benjamn & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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WMNF reports from an interfaith rally in North Tampa / Temple Terrace in support of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. It's from a mobile phone so the sound is not optimal.

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American Emily Henochowicz shot in eye by Israelis listen

06/01/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday’s attack on the Free Gaza flotilla is not the only case of the Israeli military shooting international activists. Also yesterday, a 21-year-old American artist, Emily Henochowicz, was shot in the eye by a tear gas canister while she was peacefully protesting the attack on the flotilla. She is an activist with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank. She is expected to survive the attack, but has lost her left eye.

Today, we spoke with a...

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Protestors: Stop giving Israel money listen

06/01/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A high-seas raid by the Israeli military yesterday resulted in the deaths of at least nine human rights activists headed for Gaza on a flotilla. In response, more than thirty protestors gathered in front of the federal building in Tampa today to condemn Israel’s actions.

The diverse crowd stood peacefully in the shade holding placards with messages like “stop funding Israel,” and “Palestinian self-determination is not terrorism.” Jordan Harrah’s sign said “Israel is a terrorist state.” ...

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Norman Finkelstein on Israel-Palestine conflict listen

04/30/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A lecture by Norman Finkelstein concluded a week long program on “Demystifying the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict”. Finkelstein gave a recent history of the invasion of Gaza. He said the reaction to the democratic elections held in Gaza in 2006 is the “ghost that won’t be buried.”

Finkelstein quoted Mary Robinson, the former high commissioner for human rights who went to Gaza after the invasion.

Finkelstein considers Sarah Roy the world’s leading authority on the Gaza economy. Roy has de...

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Norman Finkelstein will speak about Middle-East tomorrow at USF, will be protested listen

04/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tomorrow, noted Middle East expert Norman Finkelstein will give a lecture on the Israel-Palestine conflict at the University of South Florida in Tampa. But the appearance of the controversial professor will be protested by a pro-Israel group. Finkelstein’s lecture is being organized by five student groups, including the Muslim Student Association at USF and one of their members Laila Abdelaziz.

But not everyone is thrilled with Finkelstein’s visit to USF. Bob Kuntz is president of Shalom I...

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USF students protest Israeli home demolitions in East Jerusalem listen

03/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Across the Bay from Eckerd College, a small group of students at the University of South Florida in Tampa also used the day to take action. But this protest isn’t against the university; it is against the plans by Israel to demolish Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. Neveen Nawawy is a junior political science and international relations major. She organized the event.

Nawawy says her mother is a refugee from a Palestinian village south of Tel Aviv that was destroyed by Israel in 1967....

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USF Student questions Obama on human rights in the Middle East listen

01/28/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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President Obama answered questions from the audience during his speech today at University of Tampa. USF student Laila Abdelaziz asked Obama the first question.

Laila Abdelaziz: "Hello Mr. President, my name is Laila Abdelaziz. I'm a student at the University of South Florida."

President Barack Obama: "Hey Laila"

[crowd boos]

President Barack Obama: "Uh oh, Uh oh, Uh oh. We can all get along here. Tampa, behave yourselves."

Laila Abdelaziz: "First of all I'd lik...

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