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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 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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Feb 25, 2021

This episode is a recording of a February 25th 2021 APN webinar with Knesset Member Merav Michaeli, the new leader of Israel's Labor Party. 
 

 
Feb 23, 2021

The international Criminal Court (ICC) recently ruled that it has jurisdiction over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — territories under Israeli occupation since 1967. This opens the path for the ICC to launch formal investigations against war crimes suspects, whether Israelis or Palestinians.
In this recording of an APN February 23rd 2021, Israeli human rights lawyer and activist Michael Sfard analyzes the significance of the development. 
Michael Sfard is an Israeli attorney who represents various Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace organizations, movements, and activists, including Israel’s Peace Now movement. He is an expert in international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He was educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at University College in London.
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Feb 18, 2021

Shira Efron and Daniel Egel are co-authors of a unique Rand Corporation report analyzing the attitudes of Israelis and Palestinians toward five different possible outcomes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this episode they share somber insights from the data analysis.

Shira's bio is here, and Daniel's bio is here. The report is here.

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Feb 8, 2021

Israelis are going to the polls. Again. For the fourth time in two years.

Political analyst and pollster Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin Analyzes Israel's political scene as the March 23rd elections approach.

Dr. Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant, as well as a scholar and a writer. She has advised and conducted research on seven national campaigns in Israel over the past twenty years, and has provided research and advising for elections, referendums, and civil society campaigns in fifteen different countries.

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Feb 3, 2021

A recording of a webinar on the current state of Palestinian politics with three rounds of elections on the horizon. Our guest was Zaha Hassan, a visiting fellow, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace here in Washington, and an expert on Palestinian politics. She is a human rights lawyer, and in the past was the coordinator and senior legal advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team during the PLO’s bid for United Nations membership. She was also a member of the Palestinian delegation to Quartet-sponsored exploratory talks between 2011 and 2012.

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Jan 29, 2021

This episode, in collaboration with the New Israel Fund, is a slightly edited recording of a January 28th 2021 panel discussion introducing a report by three Israeli organizations, Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), and Breaking the Silence.

The report documents the practice that is so associated with Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank: invasions of Palestinians' homes. 

See the report here

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Jan 16, 2021

Dr. Zachary Foster is a scholar whose PhD dissertation analyzes and explains why people began to think of themselves as Palestinian in the late 19th century and early 20th century. He surveyed the history of the name "Palestine," combing books, documents, and maps. 
Zachary's dissertation: https://dataspace.princeton.edu/handle/88435/dsp01g732dc66g

Zach's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIo4D_bprrYYO8cWFP4odAg

Zach's video explaining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00-Wr-HxZk4&list=PLqo73VwqA14Q7X8wctxZ53eKeT7vwPaiV&index=7&ab_channel=ZacharyFoster

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Jan 11, 2021

Tal Schneider is an award-winning Israeli political correspondent and analyst - one of Israel’s leading journalists. Currently with The Times of Israel – she just started there last week -- and formerly with Israel’s economic daily Globes, Schneider was also the Washington bureau chief of Maariv.

In this episode, a recording of an APN January 11th 2021 webinar, she takes a snapshot of the Israeli political sphere two months before the fourth round of elections in two years. 

Jan 8, 2021

APN webinar with Daniel Levy -- another in a series on the impact on Israel-Palestine of the transition from the Trump administration to the Biden-Harris administration. Levy is the President of the U.S./ Middle East Project (USMEP).

Daniel Levy's bio: https://www.usmep.us/daniel-levy/

USMEP's report, co-authored with the ICG: https://www.usmep.us/media/filer_public/c4/5b/c45bb6dc-5073-4c4f-a920-cd865d6b93bd/icg-usmep-statement-15xii20_0.pdf

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Jan 4, 2021

Veteran Israeli journalist and social activist Eliezer (Gezer) Yaari talks about his efforts to Make East Jerusalem's Palestinian population accessible to Israeli Jews, and speculates that Israeli-Palestinian peacemakers may want to leverage Jerusalem's coexistence mechanisms as a launching point for future peace. 
Yaari's book Beyond the Mountains of Darkness: https://smile.amazon.com/Beyond-Mountains-Darkness-Eliezer-Yaari-ebook/dp/B00ZUWYBRQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=beyond+mountains+of+darkness+Yaari&qid=1609796766&sr=8-2

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Dec 29, 2020

John Lyndon is the executive director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) and Kevin Rachlin is ALLMEP's US director.

In this episode they talk about ALLMEP’s recent success: passing the Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, a law that provides a large infusion of funds for Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding organizations and initiatives.

ALLMEP's web site: https://www.allmep.org/

 

 

Dec 28, 2020

Tamara Cofman Wittes is a co-author of a new report, a blueprint for a new policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Biden administration 

To view and download the Center for a New American Security report: https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/a-new-u-s-strategy-for-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict

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Dec 22, 2020

A recording of a December 22nd 2020 webinar with Anders Persson, a professor at Linnaeus University in Sweden, an expert on the European Union's policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Persson has written four books on this topic. His fourth was just published. It’s titled EU Diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, 1967–2019.

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Dec 16, 2020

A conversation with Vera Baboun, the former mayor of Bethlehem (2012-2017) about the challenges facing her town this Christmas season, and about peace: the yearning for peace, and the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Mayor Baboun's Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vera_Baboun
Contact Ori Nir: onir@peacenow.org
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Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Ashrawi discusses the Palestinian perspective on the transition and examined the state of US-Palestinian relations after Donald Trump’s four years in the White House. She commented on the Palestinian leadership’s efforts to push the reset button on the relationship with the US as President-elect Biden prepares to enter the Oval Office next month, and the Palestinian expectations from the Biden administration. Toward the end of the conversation, she shared some thoughts on what motivated her to resign from the Executive Committee of the PLO. 

Dec 7, 2020

Hagit Ofran of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. In this webinar, she examined the Trump administration’s legacy regarding settlements and what the Biden administration will need to do to reverse Trump’s radical shift from America’s traditional policy on this issue.
This webinar is part of APN's series on the Israel-Palestine implications of the transition from the Trump administration to president-elect Biden’s administration.

Nov 24, 2020

A recording of a webinar with Yossi Alper, one of Israel’s leading strategic affairs analysts, addressing how the transition from Trump to Biden is viewed in Israel, how dealing with a Biden administration might alter Israeli government policies and priorities, and how Israel’s conservative government would adapt to a worldview diametrically opposed to Trump’s and very different from Netanyahu’s.
This webinar was a part of APN's series examining the Middle East policy impact of transitioning from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. 
Contact Ori Nir: onir@peacenow.org
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Nov 23, 2020

Dahlia Scheindlin is an Israel-based public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant, as well as a scholar and a writer. 
She is also a podcaster. Her latest project is a mini-series of podcast episodes on West Bank settlements, titled Israeli Settlements 360: What Everyone Needs to Know. 

On this episode, Dahlia talks about her takeaways from producing the series.

Here is the link to the podcast series: https://open.spotify.com/show/4NG1pkSYlOWcrwaEbbHoOZ

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Nov 20, 2020

Palestinians don’t see Joe Biden as a savior. Far from it. But the end of the demise of the Trump administration, the worse period ever in US-Palestinian relations, is viewed by many Palestinians as an opportunity to push the reset button not only on their relations with Washington but also on intra-Palestinian politics. Discussing Palestinian policy and the Biden administration is Khaled Elgindy, formerly with the Brookings Institute and now the Director of the Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute here in Washington. He is also the author of Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump. He has been a guest on episode #78 of PeaceCast in April 2019.

Nov 12, 2020

Elizabeth Campbell is director of UNRWA’s Representative Office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining UNRWA, Campbell was the senior humanitarian policy advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked on refugee and humanitarian issues in the United Nations system.

In this episode, Campbell discusses the reasons for UNRWA's current budgetary crisis, since the Trump administration defunded the agency, and expresses hope for re-funding UNRWA under the Biden administration.

Relevant links: 

* The range of UNRWA services: https://www.unrwa.org/what-we-do

* A map of our where UNRWA operates in the region: https://www.unrwa.org/resources/about-unrwa/unrwa-fields-operations-map-2020

* Misconceptions about UNRWA: https://www.unrwa.org/who-we-are/frequently-asked-questions

https://www.unrwa.org/resources/strategy-policy/demystifying-unrwa-approach-curriculum 

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