Steve Sosebee is the founder of Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), a non-profit humanitarian organization formed in 1991 that has been providing life saving, critical relief to Palestinians ever since. Since COVID-19 became a global reality, The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund has been working on the ground in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, as well as Lebanon and Jordan's refugee camps to help support the public health care system and response by providing equipment and materials.
Miko gets an update from Steve, who is currently on the ground in the West Bank amidst this virus, and they discuss the current situation, infection rates, what PCRF’s relief campaign looks like, and what all of us can do to pitch in and support PCRF’s current COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine, which you can donate to right now.
Donate to the COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Fund for Palestine @ pcrf.net
Sabaya Al Intifada - “Jabal Al Zaytoun”
Maurice Louca, “Al- 'Asr Adh-Dhahabi (The Golden Age)”
This episode was recorded directly from the Naqab desert in Southern Palestine, home to a large bedouin community, and where Miko spoke with Rafat Abu Aish, a bedouin Palestinian activist and citizen of the state of Israel. Rafat was one of the main organizers of the protest against the Israeli government’s ethnic cleansing program called "The Prawer Plan” and has been arrested dozens of times by the Israeli authorities for his activities. Here, Miko and Rafat discuss the bedouin struggle for justice and freedom in Palestine in the face of Zionism and sustained efforts by Israel to ethnically cleanse the native bedouin populations from the Negev Desert.
**CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT FOR GAZA**
One way of providing direct support to the people of Gaza as they brace for the Coronavirus is to donate to “Face Masks for Gaza”, a GoFundMe campaign that is raising funds for a Gaza factory to manufacture face masks for medical workers and the general population.
Please donate here -- https://www.gofundme.com/f/facemasks-for-gaza
<br>Sabaya Al Intifada - “Jabal Al Zaytoun”</br>
<br>Maurice Louca, “Al- 'Asr Adh-Dhahabi (The Golden Age)”</br>
In this episode, Miko Peled spoke with Palestinian conflict facilitator, Umar al-Ghubari of Zochrot, an NGO that formed in 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba and the reconceptualization of the Return as the imperative redress of the Nakba. Zochrot is also well known for developing a mobile app called iNakba, which allows users to locate and learn about Palestinian localities destroyed during, and as a result of, the Nakba since 1948.
***We are putting out an important call for our listeners and friends to contribute to Zochrot’s “48 Hours to Acknowledge the 48 Crimes” fundraising campaign on March 22 & 23. You can donate via www.zohchrot.org and www.facebook.com/Zochrot. The fundraising campaign will go live just prior to March 22 and will last 48 hours. Please chip in what you can do support the crucial work of Zochrot***
In our debut episode, Miko Peled speaks with Bassem Tamimi in person from his village of Nabi Salih. Bassem Tamimi is a prominent Palestinian leader from the village of Nabi Saleh and one of the leaders of the popular resistance movement. Many outside of Palestine know him as the father of Ahed Tamimi, who was famously incarcerated by Israel after she slapped an IDF solider. Miko and Bassem sat down after a community meeting to discuss the current state of Palestinian resistance and what a just future must contain for Palestinians.
About Miko Peled:
Miko Peled aims to shine a light on under-reported Palestinian experiences through conversations with the brave human rights defenders doing the work on the ground. Miko is an Israeli-American author, writer, speaker, and human rights activist living in the United States. He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights in all of historic Palestine.