Audio: Crossing the Line interviews Professor Don Wagner

This week on Crossing The Line: Host Christopher Brown attends the Sabeel Conference in Berkeley, California organized by various North American Christian groups working for justice and peace in Palestine. Brown speaks with Don Wagner, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at North Park University in Chicago, about the rise of Christian Zionism and its effect on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Later at the conference, Brown meets up with two student activists, Dina Omar and Nadia Barhoum, members of Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California - Berkeley. The organization brings light to the realities of the occupation with information, teach-ins and creative direct actions. Brown speaks to the two women about a guerrilla theater action they took part in on campus.

As always, Crossing the Line begins with “This week in Palestine,” a service provided by The International Middle East Media Center.

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.