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PeaceCast

PeaceCast is a podcast produced in Washington by Americans for Peace Now, the sister-organization of Israel’s preeminent peace movement, exploring issues and trends relating to peace and security for Israel, focusing on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and efforts to resolve it. If you care about Israel, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, about Israel’s future as a democracy and a Jewish state, this podcast is for you. Episodes feature experts, activists, advocates and scholars whose work or passion is Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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Apr 3, 2020

Hagar Shezaf is the new West Bank correspondent of Haaretz. In this episode she discusses her current reportage on the spike in violent attacks by West Bank settlers against Palestinians.

Hagar also spoke about an explosive expose she published in Haaretz last summer, where she revealed that Israel’s security establishment was systematically combing through archives and picking out embarrassing or incriminating documentation of what could ebe considered as war crimes against the Palestinian civilians during the 1948 war, the so-called Nakba.

Hagar’s story on settler violence

Ori’s article on “Price Tag.” 

Hagar’s piece on purging the archives. 

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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Apr 1, 2020

Haaretz Columnist Bradley Burston talks about recent developments and future prospects in Israel's political arena as the Coronavirus creates a new reality. 

Mar 27, 2020

Could Israeli-Palestinian cooperation around Coronavirus be extended beyond the realm of public health? Could it bring about much needed rapprochement? Could it, at the very least, put Israeli annexation plans on hold? 

Noa Shusterman, the Israel-Palestinian Research Program Coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) explores these questions. 

Noa's Short bio

James Klutznick and Aviva Meyer's op-ed in the Washington Jewish Week

With comments and questions, write to onir@peacenow.org

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Mar 22, 2020

Jabob Magid covers the West Bank for the Times of Israel. In this episode he talks about how Israel and the Palestinian Authority cooperate in the fight against the Coronavirus, about COVID-19 infection among West Bank settlers, and about the possible impact of the epidemic on Israeli government plans to annex parts of the West Bank. 

Daoud Kuttab's aricle: How coronavirus outbreak has boosted Palestinian-Israeli cooperation

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Mar 19, 2020

This episode features a new report by Israel’s Peace Now movement, reviewing Israel’s West Bank settlement activity in 2019.

Presenting the report is Brian Reeves, Peace Now’s director of external relations. Brian is an American Israeli, residing in Tel Aviv. He is an expert on settlement activity.

A link to the report: https://peacenow.org.il/en/settlement-construction-report-2019

APN’s “From Creeping to Leaping” annexation report: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=27412#.XnPETahKiUk

Mar 8, 2020

This episode is based on a live recording of a March 6th 2020 talk with Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan of the Parents Circle. The two are the protagonists of Apeirogon, the new novel, by Colum McCann.

Rami and Bassam lost their daughters to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and both made the decision to harness their bereavement to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace.  

The book on Amazon. 

The Parents Circle’s web site. 

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Mar 4, 2020

An edited version of APN's March 3, 2020 briefing call with strategic affairs analyst Yossi Alpher. 

Yossi's Hard Questions Tour Answers analysis of the Israeli elections. 

Mar 2, 2020

A conversation with Yadin Kaufmann, an Israeli technology investor, social entrepreneur and writer. A veteran venture capitalist, Kaufmann works to stimulate a Palestinian high-tech industry.

Kaufmann’s 2017 Foreign Affairs article 

Sadara’s web site 

Feb 29, 2020

This episode is an edited version that Americans for Peace Now held with Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann on February 28th, 2020.

Danny is the director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli non-profit that works to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem relating to Israeli-Palestinian, Jewish-Arab relations, with an emphasis on developments that could impact a final-status peace resolution to the conflict in and around Jerusalem.

This briefing call examines the Israeli government’s policy of creating wedge settlements around East Jerusalem to deny a contiguity to a future Palestinian state.

For more on the E-1 project and on Givat Hamatos settlement, check out Peace Now’s backgrounders here  and here  

Watch this video of Danny explaining the significance of E-1 

To contact Ori Nir, write to: onir@peacenow.org

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Feb 20, 2020

This episode features a talk by Arye (Arik) Carmon, the founder and former director of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

Arik’s bio 

Carmon's book Building Democracy on Sand: Israel without a Constitution. 

write to Ori Nir

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Feb 17, 2020

This episode features a conversation with three women, two Palestinian and one Israeli, who are at the forefront of the struggle against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank.

The three came to Washington as a part of Oxfam’s new initiative to raise consciousness in the United States to the problem of Palestinian home demolitions in the West Bank.

Our guests were:

  • Amneh Mussa, the principal of Al-Tahadi Primary School in the village of Gubbat al-Theeb near Bethlehem. She is an experienced with a B.A. in teaching English from Bethlehem University and a 23-year experience in teaching English. In 2017, Ms. Mussa documented the demolition of her school, which was designed to extend education to previously underserved rural communities in the West Bank. Since the school was rebuilt, she has worked to raise international awareness of the ongoing threats to the school and the importance of educating the next generation of Palestinian leaders.
  • Laila Barhoum, Oxfam’s Policy & Campaign Officer in the Gaza Strip, where she focuses on the impact of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Through her work, she actively engages with different members of the national and international Civil Society with a focus on the humanitarian crisis. Prior to her advocacy work, Ms. Barhoum taught Technology to young girls in Gaza. She holds a Master’s degree in Poverty and Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK.
  • Sarit Michaeli, the International Advocacy Officer of the Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem. She has been an integral part of B'Tselem's staff since October 2004, serving as the organization's spokesperson for 12 years. Before joining B'Tselem she worked extensively in the fields of journalism, graphic design and translation in her native Israel and overseas in London and New York. She holds a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Gender Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA in graphic design from Camberwell College of Art, the London Institute.

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Feb 13, 2020

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella that brings together over 100 organizations in Israel and the West Bank to assist them with funding, capacity building, visibility, and impact.

John talked about issues directly related to ALLMEP and its activity, and explored the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in Europe, particularly in the wake of President Trump's vision for Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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Ori’s email address: onir@peacenow.org

John Lyndon’s bio:

Partnership Fund for Peace Bill

JTA story on the Partnership for Peace Bill  

 

Feb 12, 2020

During his term as US ambassador to Israel between 2001 and 2005, Daniel (Dan) Kurtzer spent time trying (and failing) to devise ground rules for limiting West Bank settlement construction. His efforts, at the time, were to minimize Israeli facts on the ground of the West Bank in order to maximize prospects for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Donald Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in contrast, will represent the United States on a joint US-Israeli committee that will  help the Israeli government create the most consequential facts on the ground of the West Bank since Israel captured it in 1967: defining the areas in the West Bank that will be annexed by Israel.

Ambassador Kurtzer, who today is a professor at Princeton University is the guest of this episode.

Ambassador Kurtzer’s bio: https://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/dkurtzer

Ambassador Kurtzer’s 2010 American Interest article: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2010/03/01/behind-the-settlements/

Dan Rothem’s rendering of Trump’s map: https://centerpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/From-Peace-to-Prosperity-Recreation-with-population.pdf

Jan 31, 2020

Joel Singer was the Israeli legal architect of the Oslo Agreements. He is an expert on annexation and what it means for Israel and prospects for peace. 
His full biography is available on his web site, where he runs a blog, which includes an article referred to in this conversation. 

To support this podcast please donate here: https://peacenow.org/donate

Jan 30, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Daoud Kuttab, a veteran Palestinian journalist who splits his time between the West Bank and Amman, Jordan. He is the Director-General of the Community Media Network in Amman and a regular contributor to leading publications in both English and Arabic.

Check out his and his very active Twitter account  and his web site 

Jan 22, 2020

Hadar Susskind is a longtime activist and Jewish nonprofit professional. Currently, he is the campaign director for Hatikvah Slate, a slate that several progressive Jewish organizations – including Americans for Peace Now – have put together to run for the World Zionist Congress.

Hatikvah’s web site

Haaretz story about Hatikvah Slate and the WZO elections

Jan 13, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Omar Shakir, the Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch. Shakir investigates and documents human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

We talked about his recent deportation from Israel and about Human Rights Watch’s new report, Born Without Civil Rights.

Omar’s bio: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/omar-shakir

A link to the report: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/palestine1219_web_0.pdf

PeaceCast’s April 9th, 2018  interview with Omar: https://peacenow.libsyn.com/38-snipers-on-the-gaza-border

Dec 30, 2019

Professor Menachem Mautner is a Professor of Comparative Civil Law and Jurisprudence at the Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. In this episode he explains why he wrote two recently-published books that are unrelated to his academic expertise: a dystopian novel that predicts the devastation that Mautner believes will lead to Middle East peace, and a book analyzing the crisis of Israeli Liberalism.

Prof. Mautner's web page

Amos Oz's last lecture (Hebrew)

Dec 25, 2019

Professor Nurit Shnabel is a psychologist at Tel Aviv University, who researches the way in which empathy can diminish the sense of exclusive victimhood that each side feels in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

Some of her findings could be leveraged by leaders and other members of both societies to help find a way toward peace and reconciliation.

Links:

Dec 20, 2019

Our one hundredth episode(!) coincides with the end-of-year holidays, a time of positivity and hope. To talk about positivity and hope in the context of Israeli-Palestinian relations and Jewish-Arab relations we are hosting Dina Kraft. Her monthly podcast, The Branch documents Israelis and Palestinians and Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel forging meaningful relationships with each other in a complex reality. 

Dina is a veteran journalist, currently based in Tel Aviv, reporting for both Haaretz and The Christian Science Monitor. Her writing has appeared in publications including The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Atlantic. She is the former Israel correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Kraft was formerly an Associated Press correspondent based in Jerusalem and Johannesburg. She has reported throughout Africa, as well as from Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Russia and Ukraine.

Link to The Branch: www.hadassah.org/thebranch

Link to the latest episode of The Branch: https://www.hadassah.org/multi-media/podcasts/branch-episodes/episode-16-the-tour-guides.html

Link to our December 2017 conversation with Elias Zananiri (PeaceCast’s first episode):  https://peacenow.libsyn.com/-1-partner-and-outpost-expert-interviews-with-elias-zananiri-and-talia-sasson

 

Nov 19, 2019

This episode, an edited recording of a conversation with Palestinian pollster and social scientist Khalil Shikaki is another recording from APN’s 2019 study tour to Israel and the West Bank.

We met with Dr. Shikaki at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 12th. He reviewed trends in Palestinian public opinion in the past decade and offered some predictions of possible future scenarios in Palestinian society based on these trends.

Nov 6, 2019

Dr. Marwan Muasher, currently the Amman-based Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was Jordan's foreign minister, deputy prime minister, information minister, Jordan's ambassador to the United States and its first ambassador to Israel. He was deeply involved in the peace process, and helped compose the Arab Peace Initiative. 

We met him in Amman as part of Americans for Peace Now's study tour to the region. 

This episode is an edited down version of our conversation with him. Due to technical difficulties, questions asked by members of our group could not be recorded. Some of Dr. Muasher's comments are in reply to questions that are not in this recording, which sometimes makes his remarks a bit difficult to follow. 

Dr. Muasher, recorded on November 5th 2019, refers to meetings that our group was to have the next day (in his words "tomorrow") with Jordanian government officials. 

With any questions or comments, please email onir@peacenow.org

 

Oct 31, 2019

Avner Gvaryahu is the executive director of Breaking the Silence, an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories.

APN’s Debra Shushan and Ori Nir spoke with Avner on October 30th, 2019.

Breaking the Silence’s web site: https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/

Avner’s Twitter handle: @AGvaryahu

Oct 29, 2019

This episode features the panel discussion that Americans for Peace Now sponsored at the J Street National conference in Washington DC on October 27th, 2019.

Included are the full presentations of the three panelists -- former Palestinian ambassador to Washington Maen Areikat, Peace Now's director Shaqued Morag, and Yesh Din director Lior Amihai --  well as the introduction by Debra Shushan, APN’s policy and government relations director.

 

Oct 26, 2019

An edited down recording of a panel that we held on Capitol Hill on October 26th 2019, featuring two representatives of our Israeli sister organization, Peace Now (Shalom Achshav), Israel’s peace movement.

Peace Now’s Shaqued Morag and Brian Reeves spoke about the danger to Israel that West Bank annexation poses – both the de-facto annexation that is being advanced every day on the ground in the West Bank and the de-jure annexation that Israel’s right-wing government is vowing to advance.

Their talk was a window into the current agenda and the emphases of Israel’s peace movement, as well as the challenges that the Israeli peace camp faces.

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