Every four years, the month of June becomes a month of magic and spectacle around the world. It’s FIFA World Cup time! And for millions of people around the world, and a few lonely Americans, football is the only game in town. It is for some a religion and a divine gift from above. In Egypt, shops, churches, and mosques close, at work people use all their sick days to stay home to watch the games, coffee shops are open all day and nights for the game, only time where the military regime let people in gathered and watching the game in public squares and coffee shops. People in Muslim countries even postpone their daily prayers until after the game. God can wait, but goals won’t.
Bob Dylan is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century, known for songs that chronicle social and political issues… My guest Musician and Songwriter , Dave Dvorak… reflects… wait for the video soon.
The Palestinian ‘Great March of Return‘, protested Nakba Day, better known in the west as Israeli Independence Day, a peaceful protest symbolically demanding the right of return to their homeland taken by force in the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948. In a few weeks of protests, the Israeli forces killed around 120 Palestinians and injured thousands more, mostly by snipers.
Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian medic, every morning assured her mum not to worry, that god was protecting her, but she wore a protective vest in case. “My daughter would be out every Friday between 7am and 8pm. She was in the field doing her work, healing the wounds of the injured, and was a brave paramedic who was never scared of the Israeli snipers,” Najjar’s mother said. Razan al-Najjar,the eldest of six brothers and sisters, loved her job. She got her nursing diploma and was eager to help and save innocent lives.
.. the fence between Israel and Gaza, a 21 year old medic with her white dress, trying to save life, An Israeli Solder, looked through the fence, saw, aimed , thought, and shot Razan al Najjar… , she became the symbol of people of Gaza resistance .. ..
My interview with Palestinian activist, Khalil Abu Yahia, from Gaza..
We may never know the name of the soldier who killed Razan al-Najjar. But we do know the names of those who gave the order enabling him to kill her..