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What is the vision behind Palestine's Great March of Return protests?

Ahmed Abu Artema



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Palestinian journalist and refugee Ahmed Abu Artema and scholar and policy analyst Jehad Abusalim.

Ahmed Abu Artema was one of the original organizers of the Gaza Great March of Return, a mass protest that called for the right of return for Palestinian refugees and an end to the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel. A United Nationsl report found that Israeli forces killed 183 Palestinians, including 35 children, and shot 6,000. How do activists envision the restoration of Palestinian rights through nonviolent protest?


Ahmed Abu Artema, Palestinian journalist, poet, activist and refugee, and an organizer of the Gaza Great March of Return

Jehad Abusalim, scholar and policy analyst from Gaza, PhD candidate in Hebrew & Judaic Studies and History at New York University


Noam Perry, program associate with the Economic Activism program of the American Friends Service Committee


Web Resources:

Al Jazeera: Between Fire & Sea: The Man Behind Gaza's Great March of Return

BBC News: Gaza protest deaths: Israel may have committed war crimes - UN

Middle East Eye: Gaza: The Palestinians who died during the Great March of Return

Vox: I’m from Gaza. Watching violence descend on my home is tragic.

New York Times: I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It.


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.