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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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Jan 18, 2022

The governments of the US and Israel are negotiating terms for including Israel in the US Visa Waiver Program. Will these terms address Israel's restrictions on travel into and through Israel for Palestinian Americans, and Israel's harsh treatment of Palestinian and other Arab Americans who enter Israel? 

Discussing these restrictions are two prominent Palestinian Americans, performing artist Maysoon Zayid and Hanna Hanania, a dentist and Palestinian rights activist. 

Contact us: onir@peacenow.org
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Jan 18, 2022

Dana Mills is the acting Executive Director of Israel's peace movement Shalom Achshav, Peace Now. She is also a scholar, a professor, an author and a dancer, and a longtime peace activist.  

A transcript of this episode: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=39106#.YebbtP7MJD8

Peace Now on the web: https://peacenow.org.il/en

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Jan 10, 2022

Uri Ashi is the author of a newly published Hebrew book, The Hope, an Illustrated Guide to Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  

In this episode, he discusses his book and the impact he hopes it will have on Israeli society.

Link to Uri’s website (Hebrew): https://hatikvah.co.il/

Write to Ori Nir: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Jan 5, 2022

Ori Givati is the advocacy director of Breaking the Silence. He is discussing a new BTS report, a collection of IDF soldiers' testimonies on settler violence.

A link to the transcript of this episode: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=39080#.YdXi0mjML85

A link to the report: https://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/inside/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/OnDuty-Testimonies-En.pdf

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate


 

Dec 21, 2021

Vera Baboun is the former mayor of Bethlehem.  She was mayor between 2012 and 2017, the first woman elected for mayor in Bethlehem, and throughout her adult life has been a peace advocate. 

In this episode, she describes the atmosphere in Bethlehem on the eve of Christmas 2021, and wishes us all a happy holiday. 

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org
Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Dec 16, 2021

A recording of a December 16th, 2021 webinar with Peace Now's Dana Mills on a new Peace Now report analyzing the relationship between West Bank illegal outposts and anti-Palestinian violent acts by extremist settlers. 

For the report, click here 

To contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

to donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Dec 13, 2021

Karnit Mandel, a documentarian who specializes in archival work, talks about her new film, “Shalal: A Reel War,” which was recently aired on aired on Israel’s Hot 8 cable TV channel which co-produced it with Israel's New Fund for Cinema and Television.

Mandel’s documentary examines the audiovisual material that was part of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s archive in Beirut and was confiscated by the Israeli military during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Haaretz ran this magazine piece about the documentary

To contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

To donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Dec 9, 2021

The recording of a December 9th 2021 webinar with Sari Bashi, an Israeli human rights lawyer and the co-founder of Gisha. Bashi recently published a Hebrew-language book, “Maqluba: Upside-Down Love,” about her relationship with her partner, a Palestinian professor from Gaza. 

Bashi, who writes the popular Umm Forat blog, has won critical acclaim for her book and is working on an English translation.

A transcript of this episode: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=39035#.YbNtRtDML85

Link to Bashi's blog: https://www.ummforat.com/en/

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Dec 1, 2021

Ali Awad is a Palestinian activist and resident of Tuba, a village in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills. Maya Rosen is a Jerusalem-based activist with All That’s Left, an anti-Occupation collective. Together they discuss the challenges facing the Palestinian residents of this southern part of the West Bank.

For a transcript of this episode: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38978#.YaeV4fHMIq0

For more information and ways to support Masafer Yatta: www.savemasaferyatta.com

To contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

To donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Nov 29, 2021

Congressman Andy Levin recently (D-MI) introduced groundbreaking legislation intended to re-define the United States’ role as a catalyst for Israeli-Palestinian peace. By implementing tangible steps that would accelerate progress toward peace and discourage steps that push it further out of reach, Congressman Levin’s Two-State Solution Act injects new hope into the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

A transcript of this episode 

The Two State Solution Act

Write to us: onir@peacenow.org

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Nov 12, 2021

Encountering Palestinians with Leah Solomon

Leah Solomon is the Chief Education Officer of Encounter, an organization that focuses on introducing US Jewish community leaders to West Bank Palestinians and their life under Israeli occupation.

In this episode, an in-person conversation in Jerusalem, where she lives, Leah talks about the organization, its mission and philosophy, and about the satisfaction of witnessing American Jewish leaders changing their attitude toward Palestinians and the conflict.

A transcript of this episode: 
https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38936#.YY62K73MI6E

Encounter on the web: http://www.encounterprograms.org/

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Nov 8, 2021

This episode is a recording of an APN November 8th 2021 webinar with leading Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard on the Israeli government's designation of six West Bank-based Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations. 

For a transcript of this episode:  https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38922#.YYmAvb3MI6E

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Oct 15, 2021

Hagit Ofran of Israel's Peace Now movement and Lior Amihai, the executive director of the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din analyze what is behind the current uptick in Wesst Bank settler violence. 

This episode is a recording of an October 14 2021 APN webinar.

Transcript of this show: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38864#.YWmJ5dnMI6E

To contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

To donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate


 

 

Sep 23, 2021

A tribute to Marcia Freedman, an American-Israeli social justice activist, a feminist, and a peace activist who passed away on September 21st. It is an edited down conversation between Freedman and Aliza Becker, the founder of the American Jewish Peace Archive. 
A link to the Archive's web site: https://hac.bard.edu/amor-mundi/the-american-jewish-peace-archive-2015-02-26
A link to Marcia's memoir: https://smile.amazon.com/Exile-Promised-Land-Marcia-Freedman/dp/093237977X/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=marcia+freedman&qid=1632346037&sr=8-3
Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

Sep 14, 2021

This episode is the second in a two-part series, featuring past leaders of Americans for Peace Now as the organization marks its 40th anniversary. This conversation is with Debra DeLee and Gail Pressberg, who led APN through the better part of three decades. Debra was APN's President and CEO for 21 years, ending in 2018. Gail was the organization's Washington director in the 1990s. 

Register for APN's October 7th gala: https://peacenow.salsalabs.org/GalaRegistration/index.html

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate 

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

Sep 10, 2021

Americans for Peace Now is this year marking its 40th anniversary. The organization was founded in 1981, and its first director was Mark Rosenblum.

In this episode, Mark talks about the early days of APN.

This is the first in a two-part series of conversations with APN’s past CEO. The second will feature Gail Pressberg, who headed APN’s Washington office, and Debra DeLee, who led the organization for 21 years, from 1997 to 2018.  

These past leaders of APN will be among many guests at our 40-year virtual Gala on October 7th 2021, in which we will honor our chair of the Board James (Jim) Klutznick and his family.

Register for the Gala: https://peacenow.salsalabs.org/GalaRegistration/index.html

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Sep 3, 2021

MachsomWatch was founded in 2001, when three Jewish women from Jerusalem first saw a military checkpoint in the West Bank. Today, it is comprised of some 200 Israeli women, all volunteers, who have taken it upon themselves to bear witness to the occupation, and advocate for Palestinian human rights. We spoke with two of them, Aviva Hay and Anat Tueg. 

For a transcript of this episode: 
https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38714#.YTqWCp1Kj85

MachsomWatch's web site: https://machsomwatch.org/en

MachsomWatch's virtual photo exhibition: https://www.haaretz.com/haaretz-labels/INTERACTIVE-1.10140478

Write to us: onir@peacenow.org

 

 

Sep 2, 2021

American public attitudes toward Israel and Palestine have dramatically shifted in the past few years. In this webinar, Dr. Telhami analyzed the recent developments and the overarching trends on this matter. Shibley Telhami is a leading expert on US public opinion on Israel-Palestine. Dr. Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and the Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has advised in one form or another every administration from George H.W. Bush to Barack Obama. 

For a transcript of this podcast click here: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38695#.YTEvYY5Kj85

To view the webinar on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isIPVa8EJfM&ab_channel=AmericansforPeaceNow

Write to us: onir@peacenow.org

Support PeaceCast: https://peacenow.org/donate


 

Aug 19, 2021

Sam Sussman is the co-founder and director of Extend, a nonprofit organization which seeks to introduce young American Jews to Palestinian and Israeli human rights, civil society, and political leaders.
In this episode, he talks about the program and its goals. 

Extend's web site: https://www.extendprograms.org/

A transcript of this episode: http://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38619

Support PeaceCast: https://peacenow.org/donate

 

Aug 17, 2021

A recording of an August 16th 2021 APN webinar, in partnership with Just Vision and Jewish Currents, hosting Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen and the company's Chair of the Board Anuradha Mittal. Moderating the discussion are Jewish Currents Editor-at-Large Peter Beinart and Just Vision's Executive Director and President Suhad Babaa. 
The Conversation evolved around Ben and Jerry's decision to stop selling its ice cream products in settlements in the occupied territories. 

Write to us: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate


 

Aug 11, 2021

This episode features the hosts of Groundwork, a new podcast about Palestinian and Jewish Israelis refusing to accept the status quo and working together for change. Sally Abed is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and an elected member of the national leadership of Standing Together, a Jewish-Arab social movement in Israel. Dina Kraft is a Jewish-Israeli journalist based in Tel Aviv who reports for the Christian Science Monitor. She is the former Israel correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and was formerly an Associated Press correspondent based in Jerusalem and Johannesburg. Dina was also the producer and host of the podcast The Branch. She was our guest on our 100th episode, on December 2019, to talk about The Branch.

Links:

Groundwork: https://groundworkpodcast.com/

PeaceCast’s episode #100: https://peacenow.libsyn.com/100-accentuating-the-positive-with-dina-kraft

Standing Together: https://www.standing-together.org/english

Email Ori with ideas or feedback: onir@peacenow.org

Donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Aug 3, 2021

More than four and a half years ago, we launched PeaceCast, Americans for Peace Now’s podcast. Since then, we recorded 200 episodes. This celebratory episode features a conversation between Ori Nir and PeaceCast’s new co-host, Claire Davidson Miller.
We have exciting plans for PeaceCast’s future, and would love your input.

With any feedback or ideas, please email Ori at onir@peacecast.org

To support PeaceCast, donate to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Jul 29, 2021

After the Trump administration made a mockery of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, came the Biden administration with a policy that does not presume to relaunch a peace process but rather keep the path open to future negotiations. Two veterans of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts say Biden is missing an opportunity and must change course. 
      

Jul 20, 2021

This episode is a recording of an APN July 20th webinar with Gidon Bromberg, the Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East. EcoPeace is a regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. Bromberg spoke about his organization's new report, A Green New Deal for the Middle East. 
Bromberg used a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate his talk. Please view the presentation here. 

 

Jul 8, 2021

This episode is the audio of a July 8th 2021 APN Webinar. Leading Palestinian political pollster and political analyst Khalil Shikaki analyzes Palestinian public opinion as the events of this summer cause a major shift in the Palestinian public endorsing Hamas' leadership and turn away from the PLO, Fatah and President Abbas. 

Dr. Khalil Shikaki heads the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. He has taught political science in the West Bank and at several American universities and is considered the most trusted pollster in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

His latest poll, referred to in the talk, can be found here.

 

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