Palestine Calling: Radio Programmes 2014

In this, the first episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Michel Sabah, the retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and Caritas Jerusalem chief Fr Raed Abusahlia about the problems Palestinian Christians face and what the Catholic Church is doing to help them.

In this, the second episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Taybeh on the Palestinian West Bank where he speaks to Fr Peter Madros , the renowned Biblical scholar, and Ramallah’s Greek Catholic parish priest, Fr Abdallah, as well as local Taybeh Catholic children and listens to their beautiful music in Taybeh’s Latin Catholic church.

In this, the third episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Taybeh on the Palestinian West Bank where he speaks to the Khoury family who explain the problems Palestine’s Christians face living under occupation and how they hope their wine and beer start-ups will help allow their extended Christian community to remain in the Holy Land.

In this, the fourth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Greek Catholic priest Mgr Youseff Saada, Anglican priest Naim Ateek and Latin Catholic priest Peter Madros about their experiences during the 1948 Nakbah when all three, together with their families, were forced to flee as refugees for their lives.

In this, the fifth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes attends three Palestinian West Bank protests in Ramallah, Taybeh and Bil’in, two of which were for Syria and one of which was against the Israeli settlement projects and he speaks to Jews, Christians and Muslims attending them.

In this, the sixth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to internationally renowned peace activist Abdallah Abu Rahm in Bil’in and to Fr Firas Aridah, the Latin Catholic parish priest of St. Joseph’s in Jifna on the Palestinian West Bank.

In this, the seventh episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Emily Levy, a Canadian Jew, working with Women in Hebron and, in the presence of two Christian monitors, to Isaac Cohen from the controversial Jewish settlements in the centre of Hebron.

In this, the eight episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits a Palestinian kindergarten beside Hebron’s controversial Tomb of Abraham and speaks to a mini-army of Christian and other international volunteers monitoring the gauntlet the toddlers and their guardians run to get to and from school every day.

In this, the ninth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits Jericho, where he calls into the Russian museum and the Romanian Orthodox convent as well as Hebron where he meets Russian Orthodox monks at their massive monastery in the heart of the city.

In this, the tenth episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes visits the embattled town of Bethlehem where he speaks to Dr. Salim J. Munayer, the director of the Bethlehem Bible College and Brother Joe Loewenstein, the former President of Bethlehem University.

In this, the eleventh episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes tours the Bedoin and Palestinian villages of the South Hebron Hills in the very south of the Palestinian territories with NGO workers Hamed and Ahlam Taryra as well as Susanne Hefekaeuser and other EAPPI volunteers.

In this, the twelfth and final episode of his latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Declan Hayes speaks to Frs Mario Hadchitz and Labib Debes, respectively the Latin Catholic parish priests of Jericho and Jenin, as well as to Jacques Neno of Bethlehem’s Les Enfants, Le Jeu et l’Educationan who, with others, explains the challenges and rewards Christian witness in the Holy Land brings.

11 hours of Interviews on the Syrian Genocide

 Here are the interviews on Syria I did for Palestine Calling; though almost all of the shows detail the plight of Palestinians, the Christians in particular, some discuss Egypt , Syria and other places in the Levant. The two Word files here and here summarise each show’s content. Please feel free to listen to them, to download them, to circulate them, to reuse them, to reseed them, to spread them as widely as possible. Here is the theme music in full for the second series and some Christian sounds and services from Syria. Download and preserve them because if the head hacking cannibals win, Christianity will finish in Syria as will all that is good and beautiful

In the first of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, Syria’s Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross explains Syria’s deteriorating situation as well as the positive work her monastery and the wider Catholic Church are doing to help restore peace and reconciliation to the region.

I had much earlier conducted two other shorter interviews with her. They may be heard here and here.

All of these interviews are worth listening to/downloading/sharing as they all give a slightly different take on what we are sacrificing on the altars of jihadism and colonialism in Syria.

In the third part of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, Catholic peace activist Alan Lonergan details the grizzly realities of life for Syria’s Christians and how the Catholic Church’s work for peace and reconciliation continues.

In this, the thirteenth part of Palestine Calling, Australia’s Fr Dave Smith explains the work of the Fighting Fathers as well as the positive impressions The Grand Mufti, the Sheikh with One Ear, made on him Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan McGuire during his recent fact-finding mission to Syria.

In this, the fifteenth part of Palestine Calling, prominent journalist and author Finian Cunningham identifies the hidden forces driving the wars of attrition currently raging across central Africa, Syria and Iraq as well as the practical obstacles those promoting peace and reconciliation there face.

Bishop Darwish and Alan Lonergan

In the sixteenth part of Palestine Calling, Catholic peace activist Alan Lonergan updates  Declan Hayes on the atrocious conditions Syria’s Christians continue to face both in Syria and in the chaotic refugee camps following the 2013 G8 summit and the recent pacification campaign along the Lebanese border  and what the Catholic Church is doing to bring peace and reconciliation to Syria.

In the seventeenth part of Palestine Calling, Syrian priest Rev Nadim Nassar of the Awareness Foundation recounts his happy childhood growing up in a Christian family in the Alawite hub of Latakia, the horrors he witnessed during the Lebanese Civil War, the carnage that is currently being visited on his native Syria and what the Awareness Foundation, together with Syria’s Christians, are doing to promote peace and reconciliation in  Syria, in Lebanon and in the entire Middle East.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes speaks to Susan Dirgham of www.australiansforreconciliationinsyria.wordpress.com who describes the great progress her organisation has made in Australia on behalf of the embattled Christians of Syria and Lebanon.


In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Dr Issa Chaer of the Syrian Social Club details the tolerant Christian, Alawite and Sunni Syrian community of his youth and explains the dire consequences for those, like him, from a  Christian-Muslim background should the Syrian State implode.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Paris-based political analyst and broadcaster Gearóid Ó Colmáin gives his insights into Syria’s humanitarian crisis and he suggests practical ways all of us can help the beleaguered Christians and other minorities of that nation.

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In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Dr Halla Diyab, the award-winning  Syrian writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and women’s rights activist, explain Syria’s humanitarian crisis to Declan Hayes and she shows how, despite the foreign-imposed terror, there is hope for Syria’s hard-pressed women and children, even though far too many of them have already paid the ultimate price for the values she and her fellow Syrians all hold dear.

Radio Shows

i have made over 26+ hours of radio interviews and audios for Palestine Calling; though almost all of the shows detail the plight of Palestinians, the Christians in particular, some discuss Egypt , Syria and other places in the Levant. The interviews are rather unique as the voice of Palestinians is rarely heard. These interviews, which redress that imbalance to a very small degree, show the horrors the Palestinians currently labour under.
These may all be found at the links below. The two Word files here and here summarise each show’s content. Please feel free to listen to them, to download them, to circulate them, to reuse them, to reseed them, to spread them as widely as possible.

All of the shows are available here and may be listened to or downloaded from here.
These are all of the above in zip format or in rar format.

I have also tried to seed the interviews here: Please feel free to reseed them or to use them in any way you see fit and useful. The more people download them and circulate them the better. The link I gave you suffers from bandwidth problems and so if people download and spread, who knows what might come of it.

SERIES 1

In the first of a new series of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes visits Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre and speaks to local Palestinian Christians who explain the difficulties they face remaining in The Holy City.

In the second part of his new series of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes visits the holy Muslim, Jewish and Christian sites of Jerusalem and speaks to more local Palestinian Christians about the difficulties they face remaining in The Holy City.

The third part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes visiting the all-Christian city of Taybeh where Nadim Khoury gives him a tour of his brewery and of the city itself as well as a quick overview of the problems Christian entrepreneurs face in modern-day Palestine.

The fourth part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes remaining in the all-Christian city of Taybeh where Palestinian Christian clerics and lay people explain the challenges the West Bank presents them with in both the religious and secular spheres of their lives.

The fifth part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes remaining in the all-Christian city of Taybeh where he speaks to Fr Jack Abed, the local Melkite parish priest, before travelling towards Ramallah to interview Fr Manuel Mussalem, the former Roman Catholic parish priest of Gaza.

The sixth part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes visiting the Catholic parish of Ramallah in the West Bank, chatting with the young parishioners after they visited Santa Claus and discussing weightier matters with Fr Raed Abusahlia, Ramallah’s current Roman Catholic parish priest and former spokesman of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem.

The seventh part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes meeting the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, visiting Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem’s refugee camps, the nearby Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified as well as the tomb of Abraham in the old city of Hebron, where relations between locals and settlers are particularly toxic.

The eight part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes joining Christian EAPPI monitors at the Bethlehem security checkpoint at 3.45am on the feast of St Stephen, 26 December, where he witnesses first-hand the abject conditions the Palestinian migrant workers to Israel labour under.

The ninth part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes interviewing Bethlehem University’s former Vice-Chancellor, Brother Joseph Loewenstein of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, who casts frank and fresh insights onto Palestine’s problems, the Catholic mission to Palestine and what concerned Catholics can do to help bring peace to the Holy Land.

The tenth part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes in Bethlehem, visiting the SOS Home, the Daughter of Charity’s Holy Family Children Home, as well as the Shepherd’s Field and ends with him exchanging views on the Palestinians’ plight with an elderly American Christian Zionist.

The eleventh and final part of his new series of Palestine Calling has Declan Hayes passing huge Israeli settlements to visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral at Nablus, which is where Jesus met the Samaritan woman and he draws some parallels between that parable and the life of Philoumenos, the Greek Orthodox saint, who was killed at the well on November 16th, 1979.

SERIES 2

In the first of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, Syria’s Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross explains Syria’s deteriorating situation as well as the positive work her monastery and the wider Catholic Church are doing to help restore peace and reconciliation to the region.

In the second part of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, he exchanges views on visiting the Holy Land with Fr Paul Maddison of www.palestinepilgrimage.org.uk as well as discussing the various charities and causes in the Holy Land Fr Maddison’s pilgrimages support. 

In the third part of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, Catholic peace activist Alan Lonergan details the grizzly realities of life for Syria’s Christians and how the Catholic Church’s work for peace and reconciliation continues.

In the fourth part of Declan Hayes’ latest series of Palestine Calling, Dr Maria Khoury explains the challenges she and her fellow Christians face living in Taybeh, the last all-Christian village in the Palestinian West Bank and what she and the other “Living Stones” are doing to keep the Christian presence vibrant in the Holy Land.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes discusses the Christian Zionist heresy and its implications for the Christians of the Holy Land with Rev Stephen Sizer, who is an acknowledged word expert on how Christian Zionism acts against the interests of the Living Stones, the indigenous Christians of the Holy Land.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Tricia Griffin explains to Declan Hayes the work Christian groups like EAPPI and Jewish and Israeli groups like Rabbis for Human Rights, Women in Black and Breaking the Silence are doing to bring peace and reconciliation to the Holy Land.

In this week’s edition, Declan Hayes visits the Colomba Community on the Irish border where Fr Neal Carlin explains the reunion of over a thousand returning Irish missionaries they are hosting over the coming months and the lessons in peace and reconciliation their initiative present for other communities. 

In this, the eight part of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes speaks to His Excellency Archbishop Theodosios Atallah Hanna, of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem about the fate of the Christians of the Holy Land and he makes some reflections on their favourite and most beautiful hymns.

In this, the ninth part of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes speaks to world-renowned Biblical scholar the Rev Fr Dr Peter Madros of the Latin (Roman Catholic) Patriarchate of Jerusalem, about the plight of Palestine’s Christians and of the Aramaic language, which Jesus, Mary and the Apostles all spoke.

In this, the tenth part of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes speaks to the Rev Canon Dr Naim Stifan Ateek of the Episcopal (Anglican) Diocese of Jerusalem about the plight of the Christians of the Holy Land, his own family’s horrible experience included and the relevance of the theology of justice and compassion he has developed to building peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land

In this, the eleventh part of Palestine Calling, paediatrician Dr Nidal Saadeh contrasts the serious health and politics related difficulties he and his family experienced growing up as Christians in Bethlehem.with the more civilised and less oppressive life they now enjoy in Ireland.

In this, the twelfth part of Palestine Calling, Anne Deighan compares the much more serious human rights violations she witnessed as an EAPPI Christian volunteer in the Palestinian West Bank hotbed of Hebron with those she grew up with in her native city of Belfast.

In this, the thirteenth part of Palestine Calling, Australia’s Fr Dave Smith explains the work of the Fighting Fathers as well as the positive impressions The Grand Mufti, the Sheikh with One Ear, made on him Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan McGuire during his recent fact-finding mission to Syria.

In this, the fourteenth part of Palestine Calling, Jeremy Moodey, the CEO of Embrace the Middle East, explains the help his organisation gives to the Levant’s beleaguered Christians and Coptic Bishop Thomas discusses the work he and his church is doing to promote peace, understanding and reconciliation in Egypt and beyond.

In this, the fifteenth part of Palestine Calling, prominent journalist and author Finian Cunningham identifies the hidden forces driving the wars of attrition currently raging across central Africa, Syria and Iraq as well as the practical obstacles those promoting peace and reconciliation there face.

In the sixteenth part of Palestine Calling, Catholic peace activist Alan Lonergan updates  Declan Hayes on the atrocious conditions Syria’s Christians continue to face both in Syria and in the chaotic refugee camps following the 2013 G8 summit and the recent pacification campaign along the Lebanese border  and what the Catholic Church is doing to bring peace and reconciliation to Syria.

In the seventeenth part of Palestine Calling, Syrian priest Rev Naim Nassar of the Awareness Foundation recounts his happy childhood growing up in a Christian family in the Alawite hub of Latakia, the horrors he witnessed during the Lebanese Civil War, the carnage that is currently being visited on his native Syria and what the Awareness Foundation, together with Syria’s Christians, are doing to promote peace and reconciliation in  Syria, in Lebanon and in the entire Middle East.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Declan Hayes speaks to Susan Dirgham of www.australiansforreconciliationinsyria.wordpress.com who describes the great progress her organisation has made in Australia on behalf of the embattled Christians of Syria and Lebanon.

In the nineteenth part of Palestine Calling, Fr Joseph Okpala of the Order of St Patrick updates Nathaniel Ugbomah on the tribal and regional conflicts impeding the great humanitarian and evangelising work he and his fellow missionaries are doing in Kenya’s  impoverished Lodwar diocese where the countries, customs and cultures of Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda collide.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Dr Issa Chaer of the Syrian Social Club details the tolerant Christian, Alawite and Sunni Syrian community of his youth and explains the dire consequences for those, like him, from a  Christian-Muslim background should the Syrian State implode.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Paris-based political analyst and broadcaster Gearóid Ó Colmáin gives his insights into Syria’s humanitarian crisis and he suggests practical ways all of us can help the beleaguered Christians and other minorities of that nation.

In this week’s edition of Palestine Calling, Dr Halla Diyab, the award-winning  Syrian writer, filmmaker, broadcaster and women’s rights activist, explain Syria’s humanitarian crisis to Declan Hayes and she shows how, despite the foreign-imposed terror, there is hope for Syria’s hard-pressed women and children, even though far too many of them have already paid the ultimate price for the values she and her fellow Syrians all hold dear.