We wish to develop an independent, multi-lingual media network that uplifts the voices of Palestinians in the world and resists the censorship and racist and oppressive narratives of Western and Zionist mainstream media outlets globally.
Al Falasteniyeh is launching as independent English and Arabic language media network with in-country Palestinian journalists collaborating with staff around the globe to produce creative and journalistic content guided by our values. We wish to inform the world of the vast plurality of the Palestinian and Arab people, share the richness of their history, and highlight the present realities of their resistance and struggle for freedom. We wish to also be a network that supports and amplifies internationalist, anti-imperialist communities resisting oppression around the world and deepening the solidarity between movements.
Our political, ethical, and intellectual allegiance is with Palestinians living under the Israeli occupation of Palestine, from the River to Sea, struggling for their liberation and seeking justice. Also, with Palestinians around the globe who engage in this struggle and who are striving for return to their homeland. We wish to empower the people of Palestine by preserving their identity, spreading awareness of their experience under occupation, amplifying their calls for organizing/action, celebrating their resistance and documenting their global movements for freedom.
Al Falasteniyeh recognizes and respects comprehensive resistance to occupation, imperialism and colonialism. As a media network we will amplify and highlight the militant, cultural, popular, political resistance of the Palestinian, Arab and international struggle for social and national liberation. We shall also respect the revolutionary political diversity of Palestine and our broader region and will depict that in our programming.
We stand firmly against all normalization with the Zionist occupation regime, its institutions and representatives.
We reject the false designations and defamation by the occupying state and reactionary regimes that wish to silence the organizations, collectives and individuals that work towards the liberation of Palestine and resist Israeli occupation along its national, militaristic, social, and international corporate fronts. We will expose the untruths propagated by Zionist, Western, and normalizing media and their false portrayal of the Palestinian peoples struggle.
Our network will be a strong voice for gender equality within the movement for the liberation of and return to Palestine. We will actively work against systems of racism, patriarchy and sexism that marginalize and bias within the movement.
In all this, we recognize the central role that the younger generations play and we wish to humbly follow this generation’s energy, vision, and leadership into the future.
July 8, 2022
Announcement of ‘Al Falasteniyeh’; an Independent Palestinian and Arab media network
New York, USA – Today, ‘Al Falasteniyeh’ announced its plan to begin broadcasting multimedia content on several online platforms on October 29, 2022. The network stated its goal is to report and produce programming on all matters relating to Palestine and the Palestinain people in occupied Palestine and around the globe for return and liberation.
Executive Director and Creative Director Rumzi Taji Farooqi states, “We wish to develop a contemporary and forward looking media network that uplifts the voices of Palestinians in the world today. Our mission is to inform the world of the vast plurality of our identity, to share the richness of our past, to highlight the ever present realities of struggle for freedom, and to imagine and actively participate in the building of our future.”
Al-Falasteniyeh will be broadcasting in both the English and Arabic languages and is supported by a staff of bilingual journalists, analysts, creatives, and writers in Palestine, throughout the Arab world, and all over the globe. Al Farooqi states, “We are also an independent Arab network and a network that will serve the popular classes of people of the world.”
The network has released a promotional video on its website and social media accounts and the date of July 8, 2022 was chosen for its special significance. In the video a voice over declares: “On the 50th anniversary of the assassination Ghassan Kanafani, in honor of his legacy, and in honor of all Palestinians and Arabs who have sacrificed so much to tell our stories, we announce; Al Falasteniyeh Media Network”.
In the weeks and months between now and October 29th they plan to release more videos and articles leading up to its first live feed scheduled to broadcast from the “March for Liberation and Return in Brussels and other locations.
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