Audio: The Shouting Mountain

This documentary recorded and produced by Seth Porcello in July of 2006 (just prior to the war on Lebanon) features audio of the people in the village of Majdal Shams shouting across the minefield (1967 ceasefire line) that separates them from their relatives in Syria. This very tangible sound of a border, and occupation, serves as a point from which to tell this story. As one hears the Safhia family, who very graciously allowed the recording their conversation, one hears without interpretation what it is to go on living and coping with the reality of never being able to reunite with one’s family. 

Audio: Crossing the Line interviews journalist and activist Alison Weir

This week on Crossing the Line, host Chris Brown examines the disparity in media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with journalist Alison Weir. Brown also speaks with photographer and activist Andrew Courtney about the little known community of African Palestinians and their long history within the country and conflict. 

Audio: Crossing the Line interviews Palestinians displaced during 1967 war

This week on Crossing The Line: June 8th marks 40 years of Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Host Chris Brown speaks with two women; Samira Khoury whose family was displaced on this day in the West Bank and Nadia Hijab a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies. Brown also speaks with noted author and activist Phyllis Bennis about the continuing human rights violations of the Israeli occupation army onto Palestinian land. 

Audio: Crossing the Line interviews author Alex Lubin

This week on Crossing the Line host Chris Brown speaks with Alex Lubin, an assistant professor of American Studies and the Director of Peace Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Promise Land: The “Orient” in African American Global Imaginary. Lubin’s research centers on the relationship between African Americans and the Arab World, in particular the Palestinians. 

Video: Israeli forces invade Balata refugee camp

On 24 May 2007 the Israeli Army invaded the Balata refugee camp outside the West Bank city of Nablus. First entering the camp disguised as Palestinian civilians, and later with a number of armored vehicles, the army arrested camp residents and placed the entire population under curfew. This video produced by the Research Journalism Initiative and the Anarchist Film Collective “A-Films” documents the invasion. 

Audio: Interview with journalist Jonathan Cook

On 1 May 2007, The Electronic Intifada’s Maureen Clare Murphy and Ali Abunimah sat down with Jonathan Cook, EI contributor and author of the new book Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State. Cook, who resides in Nazareth, discussed the implications of the Israeli Winograd report which faulted the state’s handling of last summer’s Lebanon war; the probe and resignation of former member of Knesset and Palestinian citizen of Israel Azmi Bishara as well as his book. 

Audio: Interview with "Angry Arab" As'ad AbuKhalil

Last week, As’ad AbuKhalil, creater of the Angry Arab News Service blog, was in Chicago to speak at the Sixth Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival. The Electronic Intifada’s Maureen Clare Murphy and Ali Abunimah sat down to talk with him about the film festival selection Summer 2006, Palestine, as well as the role Palestinian culture has had in the Palestinian national movement and its influence in the wider Arab world. AbuKhalil also touched upon current events unfolding in the Middle East, including his home country of Lebanon. Also, he recommends where one can find a good felafel sandwich in the Windy City. 

Audio Interview: Sami Al-Arian's wife speaks on husband's incarceration

Professor Sami al-Arian has been incarcerated for over four years in federal custody. Although he was acquitted of all charges to ties with a Palestinian “terrorist” organization, a Federal judge remanded him indefinitely. EI contributor and producer of the weekly podcast Crossing the Line Christopher Brown interviews Nahla al-Arian, the wife of Sami al-Arian, as she discusses his current situation, and the affect that a recent 60-day hunger strike had on him and his family.