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Life and Struggles in Gaza: A Palestinian Women's perspective

Ep. 1

Since 1948 Nakba, Palestinians are resisting the colonial aggression from Israel over the cost of their lives. From the past decades, the intensity of violence by Israel appears to be briskly increasing. Israeli aerial bombardment of Palestine, especially in Gaza, has taken many lives of innocent Palestinians. For example, the 2008-09 air attacks and ground invasion by Israel led to at least 1100 Palestinian deaths. The 2014 air attack and ground invasion resulted in 2100 killings of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. The aerial, sea and land  bombardment that happened in recent weeks of May 2021 ended with the killing of , 254 including 39 women and 66 children in Gaza. These numbers are important to reveal the extent of violence and brutality on Palestinians by Israeli occupation and its bombardment, but it should not diminish other aspects of the daily struggle of those Palestinians who live under siege and occupation of Israeli forces. Apart from these killings and air attacks, Palestinians resist, struggle and experience everyday aggression, restrictions and sanctions that affect their economy, well being, health and every aspect of their life. The most vulnerable among them are children and women. This episode of Global Development Review Podcast thus focuses on the life and struggles in Gaza and learns from the lens and perspective of a Palestinian woman, from her lived experiences.


I requested Rana Shubair to share her experience, perspective and reflections about life and struggles in Gaza. Rana Shubair is a survivor of latest aggression of 2021 in Gaza strip. She is an activist, mother of three, and author of two books. Her first book ‘‘In Gaza I Dare to Dream’, recounts details of her own life under Israeli Occupation, aggression and the Gaza Siege. She presents Gaza as ‘a land where joy and grief are entwined, yet its people dare to dream, dare to love and struggle to gain their basic human rights’. Her second book “My Lover Is A Freedom Fighter” is a historical fiction that reflects about romance in Palestine while living under occupation. (you can know more about Rana and read her blog articles at: https://www.ranashubair.com/about/)


In this podcast, I interviewed Rana with an aim to learn and express my solidarity with the people of Palestine by sharing the life and struggle of an ordinary Palestinian to a global audience, through her narrative and experience. While her narrative and personal experiences are heartfelt and reflect deeply about the hardship of Palestinians in present times that ranges from homelessness to education to health to economy etc. in this interview, yet her interview also reflects how Palestinians express their agency, and determine their resilience and their power of resistance.

Her interview talks about history of Palestine and Israel’s occupation, a life of an ordinary Palestinian in present times, role and struggles of Palestinian women with ongoing resistance, Palestinian’s perspective on ongoing colonial tactics of Israel, and she also reflects the level of oppression that Palestinians are experiencing, and she also suggests how global community can support the people of Palestine. 


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Can myths, rituals, traditions help in saving liberalism and re-imagining modern societies?

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We hope you enjoy this conversation. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook social media platforms for future update and episodes!. In this episode of Global Development Review Podcast, Dr.Timothy Staceywill share insights on his upcoming book “Saving Liberalism from Itself:The Spirit of Political Participation”, which is in press with Bristol University Press.Dr Tim argues stresses about the Spirit of Political Participationand argues that ‘the aim of peace-loving people should not be to build a world without myths, but to replace divisive myths with hopeful myths’. He indeed highlights in his upcoming book that '‘Saving liberalism from itself doesn’t mean giving up on either rational or confessional truth. Instead, it means balancing these with compassionate truth”.A brief Introduction about Prof. Tim and his work: Timothy Stacey is a Lecturer in Religion and Politics at Leiden University and a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria. Tim explores the myths, rituals, magic and traditions that mobilise people to take ethical and political action, as well as the political systems that enable and inhibit people's capacity to engage with these more-than-rational elements.He undertakes ethnographic research with a range of actors and, as well as developing theory, tries to share lessons “upwards” to conventional politics and “outwards” to activists and practitioners.Most recently, he is applying his expertise to explore the transition towards environmentally friendly behaviours.Tim regularly collaborates with researchers and practitioners both within and outside the academy to explore how their work can change minds and behaviours. He is the co-convenor of AltVisions, a network of academics, activists and artists exploring the alternative visions and epistemologies that can inspire people to collectively confront global challenges. Most recently, his help has been enlisted to increase engagement with climate change mitigation.In this episode, Discussant Jaffer Latief Najar discusses the following reflections with Prof. Tim: 1.Your book title is “Saving Liberalism from Itself”; are you suggesting that liberalism is falling down in modern societies, how? Also, please share some insights about your book.2.In the part of your book that I read, you argue that myths, rituals, magics and traditions can help us to rediscover the spirit of political participation, could you please elaborate this and explain what do you mean by the spirit of political participation, and why this aspect is important inre-imaginingmodern societies, including global politics and development?3.How we see the relationship between myths, rituals and traditions. How myths are brought to life in rituals and traditions, and how crucially myths play a role in development of a culture, identity or politics, etc.4.You argue that ‘the aim of peace-loving people should not be to build a world without myths, but to replace divisive myths with hopeful myths’. But don’t you think thatbuilding a society on myths might bring challenges to scientific rationalities?Andwhat if those who are in a position of authority appropriates or manipulate this rationale of hopeful myth for their interests, wouldn’t it risk more inequalities or what alternatives we can think of to overcome such imbalances?5.You conclude your book by saying that ‘Saving liberalism from itself doesn’t mean giving up on either rational or confessional truth. Instead, it means balancing these with compassionate truth”. I like the argument of compassionate truth, could you please elaborate the understanding of compassionate truth to my audience, and how it could be useful in saving liberalism and developing our societies towards inclusion.