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Making Contact

This weeks marks the 75th anniver­sary of the Nak­ba, or the cat­a­stro­phe” in Ara­bic. It refers both to the events start­ing in late 1947, when Zion­ist mili­tias expelled over 700,000 Pales­tini­ans from their homes, and the ongo­ing destruc­tion and occu­pa­tion of their lands. Today, Pales­tini­ans con­tin­ue to com­mem­o­rate the Nak­ba by reclaim­ing their his­to­ry, resist­ing the occu­pa­tion, and call­ing for their right to return.

We start today’s show with a sto­ry about how the des­per­a­tion of life in Gaza under the Israeli block­ade is forc­ing Pales­tini­ans to leave by sea. Then, we’ll learn more about the his­to­ry of the Nak­ba and the role that for­eign pow­ers like Britain and the Unit­ed States have played.