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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Must-listen radio: Jeff Halper on Flashpoints

Tonight on Flashpoints Radio, co-host Nora Barrows-Friedman interviews Jeff Halper, a Professor of Anthropology at Ben Gurion University and the director of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolition (30-minute interview starts at 6:35 of the downloadable mp3). I know that most readers have a basic understanding of the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, and the basic Israeli plan for the future (withdraw from Gaza while simultaneously expanding West Bank settlements, continue to make impossible demands on the Palestinians, etc.). But no matter how much you know, I guarantee you will want to listen to this interview. Halper covers the history of home demolitions and Israeli expansionism in general, the contradiction between the image of "invincible Israel" and the need to exploit the "Israeli/Jew as victim" mentality, what it will take to bring an end to the oppression of the Palestinians, and lots more. Halper is an extremely knowledgeable person, and this is not just an opinionated interview, but an extremely informative one.

Do yourself a favor. Go listen.

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