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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.

 

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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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

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