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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for March 30, 2005 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - March 30, 2005

This week, Johayna Marlow and John Young of the Middle East Radio Project Collective bring you a special program to mark the 57th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre in Palestine (April 9th 1948), one of the most significant dates in Palestinian history. Join us for an extraordinary commemoration in which we present a remarkable and rare chronicle of the displacement and suffering two Palestinian families – the ‘Issas and the Tirawis –who were driven from their homes near Haifa in 1948 and who finally became refugees in the Balaata Camp in northern Palestine. This reconstruction of their life and times, from 1948 to the present day, has been carefully researched and written by journalist Anne Gwynne over the course of last several years. Following this, we feature a compelling and moving telephone interview from Balaata Camp with Tahrere, the daughter of the ‘Issa family, who tells us how her young husband was assassinated by the Israelis on his way to work by a remotely-detonated bomb. We will also weave music and poetry specially-composed to commemorate the Deir Yassin massacre into this program.

Visit our website at to view our web-feature based on this special program, which includes photographs of the families and places featured, along with a transcripts, audio files, links, and further information. Write to us at

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