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All Things Palestinian Canadian

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

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Nur Watad from CJPME dives into the realm of what it means to be Palestinian living in Canada. She explores all aspects of Palestinian culture and art as well as history and politics to encourage Palestinian pride and engagement. Nur will frequently be joined by Palestinian guests to shed insight and perspective on new and thought-provoking topics. This podcast is a project of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East - CJPME (www.cjpme.org) - and seeks to advance its mission to emp ...
 
Palestinians Podcast is a new venture to bring Palestinian narratives to a larger podcast and radio audience. We’re aiming to “re-humanize” Palestinians in the mainstream media through the telling of true and compelling stories told by Palestinians all over the world. We hope that you join us in this journey of learning more about Palestinian culture, people, and the mutual struggles, joys, and successes of everyday life.
 
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In this episode, we’re joined by Fida Jiryis, Palestinian author currently living in Ramallah. Jiryis grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus, the daughter of famed Palestinian thinker and leader, Sabri Jiryis. As her family fled Israel’s oppression and wars, Jiryis’ life has spanned the full spectrum of the Palestinian people’s forced fragmentation: in Isra…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by Rimah Jabr, a Palestinian play wright and theatre director based in Toronto who is currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Rimah’s career arc is far from ordinary: after studying and working in accounting for several years, Rimah finally had her breakout opportunity at age 3…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Wafa Alzaghal, Palestinian-Canadian President & CEO of The Canadian Arabic Orchestra. Wafa grew up playing the Qanun, also known as the dulcimer, after being inspired by his father’s love for classical Arabic music. Wafa co-founded the Canadian Arabic Orchestra in 2014, and has been busy touring Canada with a reper…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Dalia Elcharbini, Palestinian-Canadian contemporary artist and international exhibitor based in Toronto. While Dalia’s artistic style is distinct and unique, she frequently infuses it with symbolism and memories of Palestine. Listen in as we discuss her art, her inspiration, her Palestinian identity and her efforts…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Serene Husni, a video editor, mentor, writer and translator. A Diasporic Palestinian and immigrant from Jordan turned Canadian settler, she calls herself “a displaced human existing between multiple cultures, languages, and locales.” She creates most of her own work in her mother tongue, Arabic. Freely available to…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Saeed Teebi, a writer and lawyer based in Toronto who has recently released a highly celebrated book of short stories entitled, “Her First Palestinian.” Teebi’s book is a collection of stories about diaspora Palestinians struggling to find their place as immigrants to Canada. It is also one of five books shortliste…
 
Shadia Qubti is a Palestinian from Nazareth who is currently completing a degree in Interreligious and Indigenous Studies at Vancouver School of Theology in Canada. Prior to coming to Canada, Shadia studied International Relations and English Language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as Conflict Resolution and Nonviolent Action at Tri…
 
Abeer Barakat is a Palestinian lecturer of English at the University College of Applied Sciences in Gaza and is a PhD candidate at the University of Putra Malaysia. Abeer is an activist for the Palestinian cause and has done amazing activism work in the field of female empowerment and has provided mothers and children impacted by attacks on Gaza wi…
 
Shawky Fahel came to Canada in the 1960’s and started his first business in 1979 with a $1000 loan and nothing more than a few carpet and paint supplies. Based in Waterloo, ON, Shawky became successful businessman, political activist and philanthropist who has received innumerable awards over the years, both at the local and national level, for his…
 
Malak El Batroukh, a Palestinian-Canadian based in Waterloo has just launched an exciting new community project called Sporas (Scattered.) Through this project, Malak aims to make Palestinian culture and tradition more accessible to diaspora youth. In this episode, we talk to Malak about her vision for Sporas, and her broader work as a activist for…
 
In this special Nakba edition, lawyer James Kafieh joins the conversation. Kafieh has advocated for the rights of Palestinians and Arabs in Canada his whole life, leading both the Canadian Arab Federation and the Palestinian Canadian Congress at various points. Kafieh was born in Canada to Palestinian parents who were among the first Palestinian re…
 
Like many Palestinian Canadians, Grace Batchoun came to Canada as a young person, and had to find her way in a new country, with two new languages. But she never forgot her Palestinian roots, and two decades after arriving in Canada, she co-founded Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). In this episode, Grace joins Nur to talk …
 
Ramadan began on April 2nd, and Palestinian Muslims join other Muslims across Canada in spiritual reflection, in acts of charity, and in gathering in community. In this episode, Nur and Tom are joined by Dr. Munir El Kassem to talk about Ramadan, and how it can strengthen the ties of heritage, history, and identity among Muslim Palestinian-Canadian…
 
In the late 2000s, the Al Asala Dabke group was formed in London, Ontario. Al Asala, is an Arabic word that translates to "authenticity" in English, which is exactly what Al Asala dabke represents, and more! Al Asala is a dynamic group of young people who infuse authentic Palestinian folkloric dance with Canadian influences for a largely digital au…
 
In 2021, Sarah El Naffar, social media content creator on Instagram and Tik Tok, started using her lifestyle platform to raise awareness on what’s going on in Palestine. She took it upon herself to make her younger audience understand the challenges faced by her country of origin, especially in light of Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in …
 
Welcome to the All-Things Palestinian Canadian Podcast, a project of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. Together, we will dive into the realm of what it means to be Palestinian living in Canada. We will explore all aspects of Palestinian culture and art, as well as history and politics to encourage Palestinian pride and engagement.…
 
On this episode of Palestinians Podcast we speak to poet and activist Sara Saleh. Sara discusses what it's like to be an Arab in Australia, what it was like to visit Palestine, and how she handles challenges to her identity. In addition, we hear one of Sara's poems entitled "Forgetting to Name our Daughters." The music in this episode is by Clariss…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast you'll hear a beautiful and lyrical story told by Dalia Deak, a law school student at Harvard University. Dalia told a story about her grandparents at Palestinians, Live! Boston in 2018. This episode includes additional interview material from Dalia in which she discusses what it means to be Palestinian, what…
 
We're thrilled to bring you a bonus episode of Palestinians Podcast produced and presented by Aceel Kibbi. Aceel tells the story of Sarah Hassan. Sarah Hassan is an American of Palestinian descent. Her parents migrated to the US and settled in the Boston area. Born and raised in America, Sarah still feels like a foreigner. And it's not her hijab th…
 
In this special bonus episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear from Dr. David Mills, a pediatrician who has worked with the Palestine Children Relief Fund (PCRF) for the past 5 years. We hear about David's journey across the Atlantic with Abood Nofal, a young Palestinian boy injured during the Great March of Return. Abood was assisted by PCRF, an or…
 
It's been THREE years since we released our first episode of Palestinians Podcast! We need your help to keep the podcast going. Please take our brief listener survey to help us continue to producing episodes that you'll enjoy. Thank you for listening and supporting the show! We're looking for young, enthusiastic, and talented audio and media produc…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear from three members of the Dubbaneh Family (Issa and two of his sons: Danny, and Johnny). The Dubbaneh's are a close and tight-knit family who run a business together, Z&Z. They not only sell zaatar but they also create memories at their farm stand for everyone who visits. In this episode you'll hear a…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear from Michael Maria, a Palestinian-American born and raised in Massachusetts. Michael reflects on his childhood, his heritage, and the legacy he plans to pass down to his young son, Sebastian. Michael is an essential member of the Boston Palestine Film Festival, happening from October 19-28, 2018. The …
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear about Lena Ghannam's experiences with her first loves, being third culture, and visiting Palestine for the first time. This episode features a story told live at Palestinians, Live! in Washington D.C. in October of 2017 as part of the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. The music in this episode is…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear from Andrew Kadi. Andrew told a story about his experience at the Tel Aviv airport live on stage at Palestinians, Live! in October of 2017 at the DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival. While his experience was traumatic, Andrew manages to tell the story with plenty of humor. In this episode, Andrew al…
 
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, we will be releasing two episodes this month. The second of these two features Samar Najia. In this episode we hear about Samar's relationship with her mother and the influence her mother has on her life. Samar also discusses the importance of community for Palestinian identity in the diaspora. The …
 
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, we will be releasing two episodes this month. The first of these two features Dr. Nijmeh Hodaly. In this episode we hear about the struggles associated with growing up as a young teenager in occupied Palestine and also about the struggles associated with raising Palestinian children in the diaspora.…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear Tariq Luthun's reflections on his experience as a Palestinian-American, his parents' immigrant experiences in the United States, and the power of spoken word poetry. You'll get a chance to hear two of Tariq's poems and also hear about his experiences as a child visiting the Gaza Strip. We dedicate thi…
 
Ahmad Abuznaid's story of growing up in both the United States and Palestine helps us understand how he has become the nationally recognized activist he is today. As a co-founder of the Dream Defenders, Ahmad's advocacy in the United States reminds us that as Palestinians we are called to be in unity with other liberation and social justice movemen…
 
In this episode of Palestinians Podcast we hear a live story told in October 2016 at Palestinians, Live Boston. Activist Salma Abu Ayyash tells us about her experiences at Standing Rock in Sioux Country. She describes her solidarity with indigenous movements and the reasons why all Palestinians should feel called to protect indigenous lands. Salma'…
 
Palestinians around the world are reeling at the announcement by the President of the United States that Jerusalem will be recognized as the capital of Israel. In this episode of Palestinians Podcast, our host and creator, Nadia Abuelezam, discusses her feelings about the announcement and tells a personal story about her awakening as a Palestinian.…
 
Sari Abuljubein shares his reflections on finding home in the most unexpected place in this episode of Palestinians Podcast. Sari is a well known personality in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA in large part due to his past ownership of the popular restaurant Casablanca. We hear about Sari's journey from "fake" Palestinian to "true" Palestinian. Thr…
 
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