Thursday, May 19, 2011

Interview with Fiona Byrne (In English with arabic interpretation)

Courtesty qkRadio Fairfield.

The BDS adventure in Merrikville is really quite indicative of the changing tide of the pro Palestine movement gaining momentum across the world. More and more people are recognizing the oppression and criminal brutality practiced by Israel every day against the Palestinians for over 60 years now.

It's also clear that Zionism is alive and well in Australia. The initial vote in Merrikville was 10 in favor and 2 against for the implementation of BDS. However when it became better known that this was happening. A formidable campaign carried out by newspapers, media, and politicians of all parties started spreading lies, obfuscations and insinuations of antisemitism, character assassination and over the line exaggeration. The attack was so severe that Fiona Byrne lost her bid to run as a Greens candidate in the state elections. The vote was eventually completely turned and the BDS policy was not implemented under its  name. Instead a watered down list of demands for the rights of the Palestinians was presented instead.

After weeks of missed calls and voice mail messages, I was finally lucky in getting Fiona Byrne into the studio for a 20 minute interview. The interview is in English, with an Arabic intro and a ten minute interpretation session after the interview for Arabic speakers.


I tried to record the interview on video but I didn't have my tripod so the angle was really weird. Also it turns out my bloody Canon 7D only records 12 minutes of HD video at a time.

The song after the English interview is Onadekom ( إناديكم ) by DARG Team, you can listen to it here.

Also at the end of this episode I also poster a timeless classic, Ahmad Bukhatir's nasheed Al Quds Tunadeena (Al Quds calls to us).

If you speak Arabic, You can also listen to my interview with Omar Bargouti, the man behind the BDS movement. That interview was done over skype between Sydney Australia and Al Quds (Jerusalem), Palestine.

I would like to thank Fiona Byrne and qkRadio for this opportunity.

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