In a rare decision, Israel's Supreme Court accepted the petition of a Palestinian family against an IDF order to punitively demolish its West Bank home. Jessica Montell, the executive director of the Israeli human rights organization Hamoked, which helped file the petition, talks about the case and about the doctrine and practice of house demolitions in the West Bank.
Hamoked's web site: http://www.hamoked.org/home.aspx
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Michael Sfard is one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers and the legal counsel of Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) and of the organization Yesh Din.
Yesh Din recently commissioned Sfard to prepare a legal opinion on whether the current situation in the West Bank, the occupation -- regardless of Israel’s intention to de-jure annex parts of the West Bank -- can be defined as Apartheid. Michael issued a report titled “The Occupation of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal Opinion."
In this episode, a version of an August 10th 2020 webinar, Sfard talks about his report and what it means.
Eran Nissan is a key orgnizer and activist in the current Anti-Netanyahu, anti-corruption and pro-democracy protest movement in Isreal. He is a former staff member of Peace Now, and currently works for Mehazkim, a progressive Israeli activist nonprofit.
What is the role of the Israeli peace movement in the broader context of the protest movement? What opportunity does this mass protest movement grant to the Israeli peace camp to advance its advocacy? Does the protest movement open a door to highlight the relationship between the occupation and the erosion of democracy in Israel?
Eran addresses this and other questions.
David Pollock’s new book, A Nation Divided – Palestinian Views on War and Peace with Israel is an analysis of many years of surveying Palestinians' attitudes regarding their relationship with Israel.
Pollock's book on the web site of the Washington Institue for Near East Policy
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This episode is an edited version of a July 23rd 2020 webinar with Peace Now's Hagit Ofran, one of the leading authorities on West Bank settlements and on settlements in East Jerusalem.
Her recent report, Annex and Dispossess, documents the way in which Israeli authorities have been using the Absentee Property Law to transfer Palestinian real estate in East Jerusalem to settlers. The report points out ways in which Israel's government could emulate this method to dispossess Palestinians of their land and homes in the West Bank once parts of the West Bank are annexed to Israel.
New Story Leadership is a program that every summer brings to Washington five Israelis and five Palestinians for a program aimed at empowering young leaders who will advance mutual Israeli-Palestinian understanding, tolerance and peace.
Americans for Peace Now has partnered with NSL since its inception, more than ten years ago.
This year, due to COVID-19, the Israeli and Palestinians who were chosen for this summer’s program had to stay home and participate in the program virtually, online. They will travel to DC, COVID permitting, next summer.
In past years, we brough NSL delegates to PeaceCast. This episode is a COVID-era attempt to bring NSL’s voices to you, PeaceCast’s listeners. It’s an opportunity to listen to young Israelis and Palestinians who are acting, separately and together, to build bridges between their communities and to forge hope for a better future.
An APN July 10th 2020 webinar with Peter Beinart on his pivoting away from the two-state paradigm.
An edited version of a webinar with Lara Friedman and Danny Seidemann on West Bank annexation.
Lara Friedman is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She joined FMEP in 2017 after a long career at APN as its director of policy and government relations.
Daniel Seidemann is an Israeli attorney specializing in Israeli-Palestinian relations, with an emphasis on Jerusalem. He is the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an NGO that works towards a resolution to the question of Jerusalem that is consistent with the two-state solution.
After 16 years in the Knesset, including six years as chairperson of Israel’s Meretz party, Zehava Galon is back to human rights activism as the President of Zulat for Equality and Human Rights, a new Israeli activist think tank.
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This webinar is one in a series of APN briefings on West Bank annexation. It features Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, the United States’ former ambassador to Israel and currently a distinguished visiting fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Dan Shapiro served as US ambassador to Israel under President Obama between 2011 and 2017, one of the longest serving ambassadors to Israel. In that role, he participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, in U.S.-Israeli discussions on the Iran nuclear deal, and in negotiations on U.S. military assistance to Israel. Prior to that he was Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council at the White House.
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This is an edited version of an APN webinar, one in a series of briefings on West Bank annexation. It features Khalil Shikaki, the leading Palestinian pollster and political analyst. Shikaki accompanied his prepared remarks with a computerized presentation comprised of three slides. Here are the slides:
This story by Gideon Levy is part of APN’s Virtual Dove series, a collection of stories told by practitioners in the field of Israeli-Palestinian relations, stories that highlight the human and the humanity in this conflict.
The current batch of stories features Israeli journalists who covered or are covering Palestinian affairs for Israeli media organizations.
Gideon Levy has for the past 22 years been writing about Palestinian affairs for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper.
This story by Anat Saragusti is a part of APN’s Virtual Dove series, a collection of stories told by practitioners in the field of Israeli-Palestinian relations, stories that highlight the human and the humanity in this conflict.
The current batch of stories features Israeli journalists who covered or cover Palestinian affairs for Israeli media organizations.
This story by Oren Cohen, the former Palestinian affairs correspondent of the daily newspaper Hadashot, is a part of APN’s Virtual Dove series, a collection of stories told by practitioners in the field of Israeli-Palestinian relations, stories that highlight the human and the humanity in the conflict.
This conversation with award-winning Haaretz journalist Amira Hass serves as an introduction to the second installment of our Virtual Dove series of stories about Israeli-Palestinian relations told by practitioners in this field. The second part of the Virtual Dove features three Isralei correspondents who covered (or still cover) Palestinian affairs for Israeli news organizations.
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This episode is an edited version of an APN briefing call held on June 11th 2020 with Israeli Knesset Member Merav Michaeli of the Labor Party. The briefing call is one in a series on the Israeli government's planned annexation of parts of the West Bank.
Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin. Dahlia is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant, as well as a scholar and a writer. In this episode, she talks about Israeli public opinion regarding West Bank annexation and about a new study she authored which offers a set of recommendations for a practical solution to the Palestinian refugee problem, known as the Palestinian right of return.
Dahlia’s bio: https://tcf.org/experts/dahlia-scheindlin/
PeaceCast’s previous episode with Dahlia: https://peacenow.org/entry.php?id=30761#.XtVaIjpKiUk
The Tel Aviv Review: https://tlv1.fm/podcasts/tel-aviv-review-show/
PeaceCast’s co-produced episode with the Tel Aviv Review: https://peacenow.libsyn.com/73-covering-the-conflict-from-dc
Dahlia’s study on the right of return: https://tcf.org/content/report/neither-intractable-unique-practical-solution-palestinian-right-return/
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An edited version of a May 22, 2020 briefing call with Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the PLO’s Executive Committee, and one of the Palestinian leadership’s chief diplomats. For years, Dr. Erekat was the chief Palestinian negotiator with Israel, and in the eyes of many personifies the Palestinian commitment to a two-state peace accord with Israel.
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An edited version of a May 14, 2020 briefing call with John Lyndon, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP).
Based in Paris, John is an expert on Europe's policy on Israeli-Palestinian affairs.
This episode is an edited version of a May 7th briefing call, the third in APN’s series of briefing calls focusing on the Israeli government’s intention to annex parts of the West Bank.
This briefing call examines how annexation could impact the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its relations with Israel.
Our guest was Dr. Marwan Muasher, the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Muasher served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, as well as several other ministerial positions in Jordan. He was the Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington and its first ambassador to Israel (1995-1996). Muasher has been thoroughly involved in Arab-Israeli peace efforts in the past and has been an agent for reform in Jordan and the Arab world.
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Arkady Mazin is an expert on the Russian-speaking public in Israel. He is currently working on a book that among other topics examines attitudes among Israeli Russian speaking Jews toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this episode, Mazin talks about what he depicts as an anomaly or a paradox. The two predictors for holding dovish views on this issue in Israeli society are secularism and high level of education. Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are much more secular than the overall population, and, on the average much better educated. Yet their views on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians are more hawkish than those of the average Israeli.
An edited version of a briefing call with Yossi Alpher on the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz. The focus is on the West Bank annexation provision in the agreement.
This is the second part of our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring stories by former ambassadors to Israel. Our first part featured stories by former US Jerusalem consul generals Jake Walles and Ed Abington.
This part features stories by former Canadian ambassador to Israel Jon Allen and former US ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer.
This special episode of PaceCast is our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring personal, human stories, vignettes, anecdotes, and experiences that underscore positivity in and around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Maybe even hope.
The first show of Virtual Dove features stories by former ambassadors to Israel and former US Jerusalem consul generals.
The show is split into two parts. The fist part, this episode, features two former US Consul generals to Jerusalem, Jacob (Jake) Walles and Edward (Ed) Abington. Their stories shed light on two of the most promising chapters in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
The second part will be uploaded soon. It will feature stories by two former ambassadors to Israel.
This episode, recorded on April 13th 2020, is an edited version of a briefing call with Shaqued Morag and Brian Reeves of Israel’s Peace Now movement. Shaqued Morag is the Executive Director of Peace Now. Brian Reeves is the Director of External Relations at Peace Now. The briefing focused on the prospects of West Bank annexation and how the specter of West Bank annexation impacts Peace Now and Israel’s peace movement.