This week on Crossing The Line: Host Christopher Brown speaks with attorney and activist Huwaida Arraf. Arraf, cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement, speaks about the victory for the residents of Bil’in village. The Israeli high court on 4 September ruled that the apartheid wall must be rerouted near the town. Every Friday for the past two years residents of Bil’in, as well as Israeli and international peace activists, have staged nonviolent protests against the wall. The Israeli occupation forces almost always used rubber-coated steel bullets, sound grenades and teargas against the crowd. Brown speaks with Arraf about the use of non-violent resistance in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
After more than three months, the conflict between Fatah al-Islam militants and the Lebanese army staged in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp has come to an end. Over 400 militants, soldiers and civilians were killed in the fighting; 80 percent of the camp was destroyed, and more than 30,000 Palestinian refugees were again displaced. Now, the question remains: What’s next for Nahr al-Bared? Brown speaks with Caoimhe Butterly, a journalist and activist who has documented the events since the fighting began in May. Butterly speaks with Brown from Baddawi refugee camp about the current living conditions of the displaced Palestinians and how the Lebanese and other governments are addressing the issue.
As always, Crossing the Line begins with “This week in Palestine,” a service provided by The International Middle East Media Center.
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Crossing the Line is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving voice to the voiceless in occupied Palestine. Through investigative news, arts, eyewitness accounts, and music, Crossing the Line does its best to present the lives of people on the ground.
Crossing the Line’s host, Christopher Brown, is an independent journalist currently living in San Francisco. Brown’s South African roots and desire for social change are the reason for his strong solidarity with the Palestinian people. In 1990 Brown was arrested in South Africa where he was detained and tortured for nearly two years by the South African secret police. Brown also lived and worked in the Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.