#1419 Losing support for the indefensible (Israel and Palestine)

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Air Date 5/25/2021

Today we take a look through a wide-angle lens at the current flareup of the conflict in Israel and Palestine including a discussion of disparate power dynamics, lived experience in Palestine, the creation story of Hamas, understanding the definition of apartheid and recognizing how the reactions in American politics and media are shifting.

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SHOW NOTES

Ch. 1: Michael Brooks takes a question on Israel - The Mill Series - Air Date 3-9-20

The Mill Series hosted Michael Brooks at Lafayette College on Thurs Feb 27, 2020.

Ch. 2: Life and Death in Occupied Palestine - Deconstructed - Air Date 5-21-21

On May 7, Israeli police raided the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem during the evening prayer. Hamas responded a few days later by launching rockets from Gaza into Israel. Israel retaliated with its own strikes, and the violence escalated.

Ch. 3: Blowback: How Israel Helped Create Hamas - The Intercept - Air Date 2-20-18

Did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state?

Ch. 4: Is Israel Guilty Of Apartheid Against Palestinians - AJ+ - Air Date 5-14-21

Although it’s most famously associated with the white supremacist regime that used to rule South Africa, apartheid is actually a crime with specific conditions. In this explainer, we look at what those conditions are and whether they truly apply to Israel

Ch. 5: Focus on Palestine feat. Mohammad Alsaafin - Chapo Trap House - Air Date 5-20-21

Felix is joined by journalist for AJ+ Mohammad Alsaafin for a wide ranging discussion on Palestinian resistance and the future of Zionism and the Palestinian cause.

Ch. 6: Heather Digby Parton on why the reaction to Israel is different this time - Ring of Fire Radio - Air Date 5-21-21

Heather Digby Parton will be here to run down the biggest stories of the week.

MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S)

Ch. 7: Debunking Israel's Human Shield Defense in Gaza Massacre - Empire Files - Air Date 5-19-21

Abby Martin gives 5 points that evaporate Israel's assertion that the civilians it kills in Gaza were "human shields."

Ch. 8: The U.S. Media Has A Palestine Problem - AJ+ - Air Date 5-22-21

Israeli occupation of Palestine tends to be a touchy subject for news media, so much so that they break journalistic standards and writing etiquette just to avoid implicating one party another

BONUS

Ch. 9: Curation Lesson #1: Definitions

FINAL COMMENTS

Ch. 10: Final comments playing a logical deduction guessing game in celebration of Towel Day

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent

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