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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. We engage in nuanced conversations with people working towards peace and progress in Israel and Palestine. Episodes feature experts, activists, advocates and scholars whose work or passion is Israeli-Palestinian peace. Learn more about APN: https://peacenow.org/
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Jul 2, 2024

Ten brave New Story Leadership alumni -  Muslim, Jewish, and Christian -  from Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, decided to move forward together in the aftermath of October 7th. First, the group negotiated and crafted a joint statement calling for an immediate ceasefire and hostage release. But they also realized that this was not nearly enough.

After months of research, discussion and an intense week together in Geneva, these alumni-- the Phoenix Ten-- negotiated and drafted the Phoenix Plan. In this episode of PeaceCast, we spoke with some of these peacebuilders about what the plan is and what their vision for a peaceful future looks like.

Learn more about NSL and the Phoenix Plan: https://www.newstoryleadership.org/

Make a contribution to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Jun 21, 2024

Recording of our June 20, 2024 webinar with Aziz Abu Sarah and Maoz Inon. This conversation was hosted by Hadar Susskind and Maxxe Albert-Deitch.

Aziz Abu Sarah and Maoz Inon feel the loss and pain of October 7th and the carnage in Gaza that has followed especially keenly: both have lost family to the conflict.

Since October 7th, the two have appeared on various international forums regarding their partnership in establishing peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Most recently, they traveled together to Verona, Italy to meet Pope Francis and share their vision for the future: one where Israelis and Palestinians can move forward and live side by side. 

Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian peacebuilder, entrepreneur, and international speaker. He is the co-founder of InterAct International and MEJDI Tours, and the former executive director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.

Maoz Inon is an Israeli social entrepreneur and peace activist. He has founded several tourism initiatives in Israel and in the Middle East, including the Fauzi Azar Inn and Abraham Hostel and Tour brands.

 

May 29, 2024

Harvey Price is the founder of the Peace Drums Project, an organization that connects children of multiple faiths by having them play together in a steel drum band. In this episode of PeaceCast, Maxxe Albert-Deitch speaks with Harvey about steel drums as an instrument of peace and the logistics of running a people-to-people music-oriented peacebuilding program in Israel and Palestine in the current challenging times. 

May 22, 2024

Recording of our May 22, 2024 webinar, with Anat Saragusti. This conversation was hosted by Naomi Paiss. 

“The media” has come to mean many different things– broadcasters, social media, a euphemistic descriptor for spreaders of misinformation, or simply the news. But in the haze of war in Gaza and protests in the U.S., the media has itself become a source of polarization and debate. To analyze why coverage seems to slant one way or another politically, how nationalism and government disinformation find their way into the newsroom, and how journalists source their reports, we spoke with one of Israel’s foremost media experts.

Anat Saragusti is perhaps best-known for her work as a print and broadcast journalist and her documentary photography. She worked as a reporter for Channel 2, the first and leading commercial TV station in Israel, and is among the founders of Ta Ha'Itonaiyot (a group of leading Israeli women with media orientation) and Merkaz Media Nashim (Gender Media Center). She is also a dedicated advocate for peacebuilding work and human rights activism. 

May 3, 2024

Recording of an APN webinar from May 2, 2024. 

A conversation between APN's President and CEO Hadar Susskind and Senator Chris Van Hollen. We discussed the role of Congress in shaping US-Middle East policy and how conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have changed on Capitol Hill. Senator Van Hollen is a Congressional champion for peace and justice.

 

Apr 22, 2024

Sandy Tolan is the author of The Lemon Tree, which is a widely known microhistory of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Children of the Stone, which focuses on one Palestinian’s dream to build a music school in the midst of the Occupation. He’s also a journalism professor and an award-winning radio and print journalist. We spoke with Sandy about his books, the protests currently springing up at college campuses across the country, and generally, what it's like to be a journalist with a strong background on Israel/Palestine issues in the current climate.

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Apr 17, 2024

 

Recording of an  APN webinar, April 17th 2024.

Over the last few weeks, the subject of humanitarian aid has dominated conversations about the Gaza War. Headlines depict aid trucks being stopped or blocked altogether from entering Gaza and global experts warning that Gaza is on the verge of famine with Northern Gaza likely already experiencing famine. Some individuals and organizations are still managing to offer food and support, providing some measure of relief. To discuss the situation on the ground and the logistics of providing aid, we spoke with Shachar Zahavi, the founder of SmartAid: an international aid agency that leverages technologies to enhance humanitarian efforts worldwide. 

In addition to his role at SmartAid, Shachar Zahavi was the founder and Chairperson at IsraAID, where he served as Executive Director for 16 years. There, he spearheaded the organization's global strategy, overseeing its expansion and operations in over 50 countries for both disaster relief and long-term sustainable programs. Shachar is also credited with co-authoring in-depth research on Israel's foreign aid and its impact in the context of foreign government relationships. 

Make a contribution to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Apr 12, 2024

After 18 years at APN, our VP for Public Affairs Ori Nir has retired. He is widely known as a go-to expert on issues of Middle East peace and conflict, as well as for his voice and empathetic perspective. In this episode, hosted by Maxxe Albert-Deitch, Ori looks back on his career and the general state and trajectory of the peace movement.

We’re sending Ori off b'hatzlacha, bil tawfiq, and good luck for the next stage of his journey.

Make a contribution to APN: https://peacenow.org/donate

Mar 27, 2024

Recording of a February 22nd APN webinar.

Recently, Shalom Achshav released their 2023 settlement report. Their findings were disturbing even by the standards of the actions of Netanyahu’s far-right extremist government. Under the cover of the Gaza war, conditions in the West Bank have quietly but dramatically shifted for the worse. We have seen a record number of plans for new construction, minimal law enforcement against illegal settler activity, substantial budgets for expanding settlements and outposts, and, most significantly, almost unconditional political support from the government for settlers, even in cases involving violence against Palestinians.

To discuss these alarming updates, we spoke with someone on the front lines of observing and analyzing settlement activity. Hagit Ofran is the co-director of Shalom Achshav’s Settlement Watch program, and is widely recognized as Israel’s foremost expert on Israeli settlements.

Mar 7, 2024

On February 26th, we met with Dr. Khalil Shikaki to discuss current events in Israel and Palestine.

Feb 2, 2024

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of ALLMEP the Alliance for Middle East Peace, the largest network of Israeli and Palestinian peace-building organizations. ALLMEP brings together 170 organizations, both groups that advance a shared society inside Israel and cross-border Israeli and Palestinian groups that work to resolve the conflict between the two peoples. 

 

Jan 23, 2024

Recording of a January 23rd 2024 APN webinar.

Jan 18, 2024

Recording of a January 18th 2024 APN webinar. 

Jan 4, 2024

A recording of a January 4th 2024 APN webinar.

Jan 2, 2024

Yonatan Zeigen is the son of Vivian Silver, the iconic Isreali peace activist, who was murdered on October 7th in her kibbutz, Be'eri. After his mother's death, Yonatan quit his job to (again) become a peace activist. His headshot was taken by Sandra Mehl.

 

Dec 13, 2023

Ori's impressions from a three-week visit to Israel. 

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

Dec 1, 2023

Impressions from a Peace Now volunteering action at the Gaza border community that suffered the heaviest toll on October 7th. 

Nov 30, 2023

A recording of a November 30th APN webinar. 

 

Nov 21, 2023

Dave Harden and Larry Garber are former directors of the West Bank and Gaza office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this episode, they discuss the challenges of addressing the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and the rebuilding of Gaza after the war ends.

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

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

 

Nov 16, 2023

Ideological settlers are seriously talking about plans to resettle the Gaza Strip,  to re-establish Gush Katif and turn back the clock on the 2005 disengagement, which they perceive as a national trauma. Eyal Lurie Pardes, a visiting fellow at Washington's Middle East Institute, discusses this matter. 

Eyal's article on this topic in the Forward: https://forward.com/opinion/568553/israel-settler-movement-gaza-reoccupy/

Eyal's article on the Israeli government's curtailing the freedom of expresion during the Gaza war: https://www.mei.edu/publications/amid-gaza-war-palestinian-citizens-israel-feel-target-witch-hunt

Contact Ori: oir@peacenow.org

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

 

Nov 10, 2023

A recording of an APN November 9th webinar with Hagit Ofran and Yonatan Mizrachi, the co-directors of Peace Now's Settlement Watch Project. 

Nov 9, 2023

Arnon Avni, an Israeli cartoonist and graphic designer, is a member of kibbutz Nirim, near the Gaza border. He is a longtime peace activist with Peace Now, Israel’s preeminent peace movement. On October 7th 2023, he hid in his home’s bomb shelter with his wife and two grandchildren, escaping the terrorist attack. Five people were killed in Nirim that day. Others were kidnapped to Gaza. Despite the shock and the pain and the grief, Avni still believes in peace and is determined to pursue it.

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

Contact Ori: onir@peacenow.org

Oct 26, 2023

This episode’s guest is Dr. Michael Robbins of Princeton University. He is the co-author of an article that was published on October 26th 2023 in Foreign Affairs, titled What Palestinians really think of Hamas.

Dr. Robbins is the director and co-principal investigator of the Arab Barometer. 

Link to the article:  https://www.foreignaffairs.com/israel/what-palestinians-really-think-hamas

Link to the Arab Barometer: https://www.arabbarometer.org/

Write to Ori: onir@peacenow.org

 

Oct 11, 2023

Recording of an October 11th 2023 APN webinar with Strategic expert Yossi Alpher. 

 

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