Loewenstein Gaza doc is on Australian national radio

Last December I attended the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo to highlight the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

For the last months I’ve worked on a radio documentary feature for ABC Radio National’s 360 program, Australia’s finest space for long-form radio work and the equivalent of NPR. I aimed to create an essay that discussed both the event itself and wider issues about Zionism and Judaism. 

The march was chaotic, inspiring, frustrating and positive. Never before had so many come from so far to stress the importance of ending Israel’s siege on Palestine. Times were changing and I wanted to be a part of it.

This documentary examines the rise in Jewish dissent globally, the importance of questioning traditional Jewish identity and the failings of Zionism to even moderately address the profound inequalities in the Jewish state.

My photographs from Gaza and Cairo are also published by the ABC.

Here’s the blurb for the show:

Antony Loewenstein joins the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo to test his ideas about dissent and Jewish identity.

Antony was one of 1,400 activists who met in Cairo to protest against the Israeli siege on the Gaza strip, but their plans were thwarted by the Egyptian government.

Antony has spent a number of years publicly challenging the actions of Israel. For these attitudes he’s been called a ’self-hating Jew’ and an ‘anti-Semite’.

In A Different Kind of Jew Antony examines the role of Judaism in the modern age and the religion’s relationship to the contested Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

About Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist and the co-editor with Ahmed Moor of After Zionism (Saqi Books, 2012)
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  1. Citizen says:

    Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to Israel 2001-2005, introducing
    two hour dicussion on Obama and I-P conflict at Woodrow Wilson Center right now at 11PM EST on CSPAN, says any peace talk needs to include the Palestinian refugees outside Israel and the Israeli settlement people, and that the recent tempest in teapot between Obama and Israeli regime over the on-going Israeli settlements is devoid of any context. How’s that for
    a non-starter? Two hours of babble by mostly a bunch of former ambassadors to various countries in the Middle East–introducing the ever-increasing
    “facts on the ground” as–not part of the discussion!

    The first former ambassador gets up to speak first following the introduction–he was ambassador to Egypt (1986-1991)–he says Egypt
    is concerned about “justice” and Egypt considers itself a major Arab player in the region, and expects the US to respect its input regarding the I-P conflict and peace process. Egypt feels Obama’s speech in Cairo was inspired and needs to be followed up on. Obama needs to consult with Egypt and Saudi Arabia and others. The Obama administration has not shown it can translate its fine rhetoric into action. Obama needs to give a clear translation of its detailed view for peace. Egypt is watching for signs
    the Obama regime really means business.

    • Citizen says:

      Now the former ambassador to Jordan is speaking. More good rhetoric.
      And so it goes. Diplomats, and former diplomats it seems, do not discuss any peace-making details. It’s like expecting a sales or service rep at the front desk to give you the scoop from the car mechanic actually working on your car.

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  3. RoHa says:

    Antony does splendid work here in Australia.

    ‘Course, no-one listens to the radio.

    • Sumud says:

      “Course, no-one listens to the radio.”

      I think John Howard would’ve begged to differ. Just imagine if that constituency were to hear Antony’s program.

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  7. Avi says:

    ‘Course, no-one listens to the radio.

    Trust me, even if radio isn’t as popular a medium as it used to be half a century ago, the message still makes it through to OTHER journalists, authors and reporters who listen or, for example, read a magazine article about the show. Information is like water; some rushes by in a flash flood, while other slowly trickles down a stream. Slowly, but surely.

    Israel’s siege on Palestine

    This is not fair to Antony as he is certainly not the first person to call the occupied territories “Palestine”, but, if I may, I would like to take this opportunity to state the following:

    Unfortunately, at present time, there is no internationally recognized entity called “Palestine”. And although there should be, as was before 1948, the current situation does not reflect such a narrative.

    To those unfamiliar with the conflict, such a characterization would falsely lead them to believe that the conflict is between two equals, two equal entities with militaries, borders, governments and institutions.

    I personally prefer to use the term, “The Occupied Territories of the West Bank and Gaza”. That, at least, is a definition that the UN recognizes and one that reflects the daily reality of Palestinian hardship.

    And while I’m at it, I believe it’s also time to popularize the term “Green Line”, as the term plays a significant role in describing the reality on the ground, as well as the historical and political distinctions associated with the conflict.

    • RoHa says:

      “the message still makes it through to OTHER journalists”

      I certainly hope you are right.

      “Information is like water; some rushes by in a flash flood, while other slowly trickles down a stream. Slowly, but surely. ”

      Well, not here. Right now we heavy rains in Queensland have flooded the interior, and huge quantities of water are heading down into the rivers and the inland lakes.

      A lot of the time, however, there is no water in the inland rivers and lakes. They stay dry for years. And when a little bit of water does get into them, it just trickles down stream a bit and then just dries up again. The rivers vanish.

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  9. Sumud says:

    Superb work Antony – inspirational.