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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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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.

 

Jul 2, 2021

Adi Granot is the research project manager of Zulat, an Israeli think tank that focuses on equality and human rights. Her recently published report addresses the status of Palestinian women in East Jerusalem.

To read the report: https://en.zulat.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Jerusalem-from-a-Gender-Perspective-ENG-June-2021.pdf

Anti-occupation protest song by Adi: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1947475238618169

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

Jun 29, 2021

A recording of a June 29th 2021 APN webinar with MK Mossi Raz, a former director of Peace Now and a longtime peace activist, who represents Meretz in the Knesset. Raz recognizes the limits of pushing a dovish agenda in the new Lapid-Bennett-headed coalition. 

 

 

Jun 20, 2021

Dr. Norbert Goldfield is founder/ CEO of Healing Across the Divides (www.healingdivides.org )  focusing on peace-building through health in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The mission of this organization is to measurably improve the health of marginalized Israelis and Palestinians through community-based interventions.

Dr. Goldfield has published more than 100 books and articles. His latest book is Peace Building through Women’s Health: Psychoanalytic, Sociopsychological, and Community Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Routledge, Taylor Francis, 2021). The book is available on Amazon here.  

Jun 18, 2021

APN's President and CEO Hadar Susskind and our Director of Government Relations Madeleine Cereghino explain the new policy that APN adopted in support of conditioning US aid to Israel. A recording of a June 17th 2021 APN Webinar. 

Hadar Susskind's op-ed unveiling the new policy: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=38330#.YMtsa2hKj84

 

Jun 10, 2021

A recording of a June 10th 2021 APN webinar with Israeli political analyst Tal Schneider on Israel’s new “change coalition.”

Jun 10, 2021

Jawad Siam is a resident of East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood. A settler organization pushed out his family members from a portion of his home by establishing ownership in court. Now the settlers are applying pressure on Siam to leave the rest of the house. Thier cruel, Kafkaesque ploy: forcing him to pay back rent for years of living in his own home. 

More on Siam's case in this Haaretz story: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/palestinians-jerusalem-israel-silwan-brutal-reality-1.9701623

A link to Siam's legal defense fund: https://secure.nif.org/86OYO-rBsUCO_mAeztMCiQ2

A Peace Now report on Siam's court cases: https://peacenow.org.il/en/after-24-year-legal-battle-court-permits-settler-takeover-of-siyam-family-home-in-silwan

 

Jun 3, 2021

A conversation with two leading Israeli activists with many years of experience building bridges between Arabs and Jews.

Shalom (Shuli) Dichter is the author of Tensions and Good Intentions, a vision for shared society between Arabs and Jews in Israel. He is the former Executive Director of Hand in Hand, the Centers for Bilingual Education, and the former co-executive director of Sikkuy, The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, a Jewish-Arab advocacy organization.

Maisam Jaljuli is the co-chair of the board of directors of Sikkuy and a member of the secretariat of the Jewish Arab organization Standing Together, a Jewish Arab movement that mobilizes people for equality, social justice, and peace. She is active in a broad spectrum of a social, feminist, labor and political causes and a leading member of the political party Hadash

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Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

May 29, 2021

An edited version of an online event organized by American Friends of Combatants for Peace and co-sponsored by many pro-peace organizations, including APN.

The event featured Combatants for Peace co-founder Sulaiman (Suli) Khatib and Rabbi Sharon Brous.

AFCP: https://afcfp.org/

Suli's book: http://www.beacon.org/In-this-Place-Together-P1649.aspx

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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May 27, 2021

Noa Landau is a senior writer and editor at Israel’s Haaretz newspaper. She manages a new Haaretz initiative to amplify and empower voices of Arab citizens of Israel. 

Haaretz 21 (Hebrew): https://www.haaretz.co.il/haaretz21

Noa's bio: https://www.haaretz.com/misc/writers/WRITER-1.4969059

APN on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americans_for_peace_now/

APN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeaceNowUS

APN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericansforPeaceNow

May 24, 2021

In conversation with APN's President and CEO Hadar Susskind, one of Israel's leading strategic analysts and one of its leading peace activists analyze the recent hostilities and their impact.
Yossi Alpher, the author of APN’s weekly analysis Hard Questions Tough Answers, is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with Israel’s Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. 
Shaqued Morag is the executive director of Israel’s peace movement Shalom Achshav (Peace Now). A seasoned political and social activist, Shaqued served in senior positions at Israel’s Meretz party, including the party’s secretary-general. 

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Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

May 20, 2021

The current flareup of violence between Israel and Hamas has exposed an unprecedented dynamic in Washington in relation to Israel and its conflict with the Palestinians.

In this episode, APN’s President and CEO Hadar Susskind, a longtime Washington advocate on Capitol Hill and beyond, gives a quick snapshot of this new dynamic and comments on its causes and possible repercussions.

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org
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May 14, 2021

May 15th is the anniversary of the most traumatic experience that the Palestinian people suffered in its history, the devastation in the 1948 war, which Israeli Jews call the War of Independence, and the Palestinians refer to as the Nakba.

In this episode of PeaceCast, Dr. Carol Daniel Kasbari talks about the long shadow that the Nakba casts over the current collective experience and identity of Palestinians – both in Palestine and abroad.

Dr. Kasbari’s bio: https://www.mei.edu/profile/carol-daniel-kasbari

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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May 12, 2021

Recent violence in Jerusalem triggered a war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, and widespread Jewish-Arab inter-communal hostilities throughout Israel. This episode is an audio recording of a webinar sponsored by a broad coalition of American Jewish organizations to discuss the current escalation. 

May 4, 2021

This episode is a recording of an APN webinar with Omar Shakir and Eric Goldstein of Human Rights Watch, discussing HRW's new report on Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights.

Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine Director of Human Rights Watch, and the chief author of the report. He is a graduate of Stanford and Georgetown. Prior to his work documenting human rights violations by Israel, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza, he worked on documenting human rights violations by the Egyptian government and by the US government in Guantanamo Bay.

Eric Goldstein is the Director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. He has been working on human rights in the Middle East since the 1980s. Eric’s chief expertise in recent years has been human rights violations in the Magreb. He is a graduate of Harvard and Columbia University, and has taught human rights in Princeton and Georgetown.
A link to the report: https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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Apr 30, 2021

What are the theological motives and political manifestations of American Evangelicals' support of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem? Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon, the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), an expert on the topic, analyzes it. 
CMEP's web site: https://cmep.org/ About Mae: https://cmep.org/about/staff/

 

Apr 26, 2021

Daniel Seidemann is an Israeli attorney specializing in Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem. He is widely considered as the leading expert on Jerusalem-related matters as they pertain to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this episode, he is analyzing the background causes of the current violent deterioration in East Jerusalem. 

Apr 21, 2021

The dynamics and politics of working on Israeli-Palestinian affairs on Capitol Hill have changed over time, as have the dynamics of advancing progressive sensibilities in Congress. 

This episode is a recording of a special APN webinar with Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan, one of the House leading progressives, focusing on these topics. APN's President Hadar Susskind engaged Rep. Pocan in a conversation. 

Apr 16, 2021

The upcoming May 22nd Palestinian parliamentary elections are a landmark event, which both indicates and enhances the vitality of Palestinian public life. This episode is an edited version of an April 16th 2021 webinar in which veteran Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab comments on the preparations for the elections - the first Palestinian national in 15 years. 

Apr 13, 2021

The co-director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch Project commenting on Do Not Settle, a new report that urges policy makers not to settle for a differentiation between "more damaging" and "less damaging" settlements in the West Bank. 
For more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGX21PU8R0k&ab_channel=JStreet
Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org
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Apr 9, 2021

The definition of antisemitism, which many consider to be intuitive, has recently become controversial. Now, there are three definitions trending. In addition to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition of antisemitism,” there is the new Nexus definition, and the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA), which offer different perspectives and help generate a deeper, more complex discussion on the nature of antisemitism and proper ways of confronting it.     

This is a recording of webinar, jointly sponsored by Americans for Peace Now and T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, to discuss the topic. The April 9th 2021 webinar featured Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T’ruah, and Lara Friedman, the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), and was moderated by Hadar Susskind, the president and CEO of Americans for Peace Now.

 
Mar 29, 2021

When you listen to Maxwell (Max) Hyman, you have to remind yourself that he is only 16. This talented teen started an initiative, Teens for Peace in the Middle East, to bridge the gap of alienation, animosity, and ignorance between Israelis and Palestinian teens, and to get American teens to care about the conflict. This episode features a conversation with Max and his friend Aryeh Levy, as well as snippets from interviews that Max conducted with Israeli and Palestinian teens. 

Teens for Peace in the Middle East's web site
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Mar 25, 2021

A recording or a March 25th 2021 webinar with Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, one of Israel's leading pollsters and political analysts on the general elections of March 23rd. 

 
Mar 4, 2021

This episode is a recording of an APN webinar with Bernard Avishai and Sam Bahour, the co-authors of a recent New York Times article laying out the benefits of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation, as a possible version of a two-state solution.

Bernard Avishai is an American-Israeli writer and professor living in Jerusalem. Sam Bahour is an American-Palestinian writer and management consultant living in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Bahour and Avishai's New York Times op-ed
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