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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

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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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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

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