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Nonviolent demonstrations against Israel's wall in Bil'in are met with violence listen

01/12/10 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A small farming village near the Israeli border in the West Bank of Palestine is gaining international notice. According to the Friends of Freedom and Justice Bil'in website, Israeli soldiers have responded to weekly nonviolent demonstrations against Israel’s occupation and land confiscation with tear gas, rubber bullets and house raids. The result has been several injuries and a death last April.

Hamde Abu Rahma was born and raised in Bil’in. He says he st...

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Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein on Gaza Freedom March listen

01/01/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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About 1400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in Israel’s attack on Gaza one year ago.

To mark the anniversary, and to call for an end to the siege of Gaza, thousands of activists from around the world converged on Cairo last week to participate in the Gaza Freedom March.

On Thursday, December 31, 2009, WMNF spoke with Hedy Epstein. The family of this self-described Holocaust survivor escaped from Hitler's Germany...

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Tampa Bay activist BetteJo Indelicato heads to West Bank listen

12/29/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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An activist from Pasco County will spend three months in the West Bank early next year to build bridges between Tampa Bay and Palestine. BetteJo Indelicato, from Hudson, is with the group Rise Up Tampa Bay. In the West Bank she will be with the International Women’s Peace Service.

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During olive harvest Palestinians concerned about losing land listen

12/15/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Olive trees are the source of livelihood for many Palestinian farmers. This year, the harvest was poor. Drought and insects added to the destruction of olive groves by Israelis, devastating the Palestinian economy and further obstructing chances for peace.

The small farm village of Rummaneh lies directly on the Green Line, the border meant to separate Israel from Palestinian lands. Abu Khaled prunes the trees while his children and grandchildren pick and sort the olives. It’s a happy ti...

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tourism religious travel

04/07/09 Doris Norrito
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tours to Israel have always enjoyed popularity. But visits to the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank are discouraged by news of terrorist attacks and government warnings. Palestinian run tour groups offer a different view for travelers to the Holy Land.

Last November, the First World Religious Travel Expo and Educational Conference was held in Orlando. For the first time, Palestine tour trips were represented. Although both Israeli and Palestinian tours include visits to sacred Christi...

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Lake Worth Commissioner arrested for protesting shooting listen

03/18/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Lake Worth city commissioner was arrested on Monday during a protest outside the Israeli Consulate in Miami.

Commissioner Cara Jennings and 35 others were protesting the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces, who shot American Tristan Anderson in the head last Friday in the West Bank village of Ni’lin.

WMNF spoke this afternoon with Commissioner Jennings about Monday’s protest and her arrest.

“I was with a group of people outside the Consulate – the Israeli Consulate – ...

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American Tristan Anderson shot by Israeli Defense Forces listen

03/13/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An American is in critical condition with life-threatening wounds after being shot in the head today by a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF.

Tristan Anderson, from California, is in a Tel-Aviv hospital after being transported from the village of Na’alin in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank.

WMNF spoke with David Jacobus, who is in the hospital with Anderson.

David Jacobus: “We actually just got word from the surgeons who came out. He has a very high velocity impact ...

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Robin Wright on Middle East - Part I listen

03/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Journalist Robin Wright has reported from more than 140 countries in her career. She most recently covered foreign policy for the Washington Post.

Her latest book, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, has just been published in paperback.

WMNF spoke with Wright yesterday, and asked her about U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement that two top State Department officials will travel to Damascus to hold a series of meetings with Syrian officials this w...

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Palestine-Israel conflict debated at Tiger Bay listen

02/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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During the more than 60 years since Israel was founded in 1948, there has been conflict between Israel and the Palestinians displaced by the formation of the Jewish state. That clash came to a heated apex recently during Israel’s three-week-long offensive on the Gaza strip in December and January.

At the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center this afternoon, about 50 people from the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa heard from advocates on both sides of the conflict. ...

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Martin Indyk on Middle East Peace possibilities listen

02/18/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In the Middle East today, Hamas vehemently rejected the Israeli Cabinet's decision not to open its border crossings with the Gaza Strip until Hamas agrees to release abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.

Shalit was abducted by Gaza militants in a cross-border raid in June 2006. Hamas has demanded the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the soldier's freedom.

According to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Israel’s Welfare Minister told the Cabine...

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