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Port Tampa Bay dockworker speaks out about political intimidation at workplace listen

09/23/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Palestine, unions, Israel, boycott

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Last weekend was the second major action by a local human rights group calling attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Block the Boat Tampa rallied outside Port Tampa Bay in the rain beginning before sunrise Saturday morning hoping to convince dock workers to respect their picket line and not unload a cargo ship owned by an Israeli company.

The Zim Alabama was delayed because of weather, but eventually was unloaded by longshore...

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Tampa activists will try again to block ship of Israeli company listen

09/18/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Zim Alabama, Israel, Palestine, Gaza

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A cargo ship that was the target last month of human rights activists boycotting Israeli companies is on its way back to Port Tampa Bay. And the group Block the Boat Tampa will be back at the port beginning Saturday morning to try to stop the Zim Alabama from unloading its cargo.

Thursday WMNF interviewed Dezeray Lyn, an organizer with Block the Boat Tampa.

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Activists at Port Tampa Bay rally, but are unable to stop an Israeli ship from unloading its cargo listen

09/02/14 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Block the Boat, Block the Boat Tampa, BDS, Israel, Zim, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa, Tampa, Palestine

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Protesters greeted a ship from an Israeli company on Saturday.

They join others at ports around the country drawing attention to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The dozen or so activists were not able to stop the ship from unloading its cargo, but raised awareness of the campaign to protest the Israeli shipping company.

About 40 non violent peace activists braved the intense noon day August sun to protest the unloading of the Israeli cargo ship Zim Alabama. They set up along ...

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Activists hope to block ship from Israeli company from unloading at Port Tampa Bay listen

08/26/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, BDS, Block the Boat Tampa, Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, Port of Tampa

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Local activists are taking the struggle for Palestinian rights to Port Tampa Bay. An Israeli ship, the Zim Alabama, is scheduled to dock there this week, but a new group called Block the Boat Tampa wants to stop it from being unloaded here. It’s part of the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights called BDS or boycott, divestment and sanctions.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Bettejo Indelicato, who is helping to organize [Block the Bo...

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Tampa crowd rallies to support Israel during attacks on Gaza listen

08/01/14 Brenton Honeywell and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Israel, Palestine, Tampa, Gaza, War, militarism

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Supporters of Israel rallied this afternoon in downtown Tampa. Fifty or so people gathered holding signs and playing Israeli music.

Detlef Borges from Sebring says the U.S. is right to keep shipping ammunition to Israel.

Another attendee at the rally, Amy Nash, came from Lakeland to support Israel.

In news from Gaza, Israeli forces are moving deeper into southern Gaza, searching for a soldier who was apparently captured during a clash with Hamas militants earlier in the day. The forc...

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Tampa teenager beaten up by Israeli police but sentenced to house arrest: "I was so mad" listen

08/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Tariq Abukhdeir, Tariq Khdeir, Palestine, West Bank, Israel, Jerusalem, Tampa, Gaza

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The Tampa teenager who was beat up by Israeli police last month shortly after his cousin was killed in the West Bank was sentenced to house arrest while recovering from his injuries. I sat down with Tariq Abukhdeir last week at his house and asked what it was like to be sentenced to house arrest.

I asked his mother, Suha Abukhdeir about Tariq’s injuries.

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What should the U.S. do now in Gaza? listen

07/25/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: Gaza, Palestine, Israel

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Today on Radioactivity we discussed "What should the US do now in Gaza?" We heard some excerpts from PBS and NBC programs about the current situation in Gaza. Samar Jarrah (of True Talk) and Rob Lorei then took phone calls from listeners about what the US policy should be toward the region.



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Tampa teen beaten by Israeli police wants American kids to know things are tough in Palestine listen

07/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tariq Khdeir, Tariq Abukhdeir, Palestine, Israel, West Bank, Jerusalem, CAIR

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A Tampa teenager became the center of the firestorm between Israel and Palestine when he was beaten by Israeli police shortly after his cousin was killed by Israeli extremists; Tariq Abukhdeir is back home now and he’s healing from his wounds.

Wednesday night I sat down with Tariq and his mother at their East Tampa townhouse. It’s on a quiet, suburban street not far from the Florida Fairgrounds. On his living room sofa, Tariq Abukhdeir told me about his first encounter with military polic...

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Lobbyist group's Middle East Policy associate discusses Palestinian-Israeli crisis

07/21/14 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Tags: Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Israel, Palestine, Gaza

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Today on Radioactivity, we’ll look at the Israeli military attack on Gaza. And rocket fire from Gaza onto Israel. Rob Lorei speaks to Kate Gould who is the Legislative Associate for Middle East Policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a Quaker lobby which has the largest team of peace lobbyists in Washington, D.C. She is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists working to prevent...

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Palestinian supporters in Tampa come out in droves to protest Israeli invasion listen

07/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Palestine, Israel, Muslim, War, Gaza, West Bank

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Hundreds of people from the Muslim community and their supporters crowded the corner of The Fowler Avenue and 56th St.

Mohammad Joseph Salamaeh was one of the first to arrive to the large protest near USF Tampa. The group waved Palestinian flags and held signs reading, “Palestine Under Attack” and “You don’t need to be Palestinian to stand with Palestinians.” Another sign said, “Stand with Israel with a slash through Israel and the Star of David.

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