PeaceCast: COVID-19 and Israeli-Palestinian Rapprochement - with Noa Shusterman of INSS

Could Israeli-Palestinian cooperation around Coronavirus be extended beyond the realm of public health? Could it bring about much needed rapprochement? Could it, at the very least, put Israeli annexation plans on hold? 

Noa Shusterman, the Israel-Palestinian Research Program Coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) explores these questions. 

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PeaceCast: COVID-19 Across the Green Line - with Jacob Magid from The Times of Israel

Jacob Magid covers the West Bank for The Times of Israel. In this episode he talks about how Israel and the Palestinian Authority cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, about COVID-19 infection among West Bank settlers, and about the possible impact of the epidemic on Israeli government plans to annex parts of the West Bank. 

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PeaceCast: Settlement Activity in 2019 - with Brian Reeves of Peace Now

This episode features a new report by Israel’s Peace Now movement, reviewing Israel’s West Bank settlement activity in 2019. Presenting the report is Brian Reeves, Peace Now’s director of external relations. Brian is an American Israeli residing in Tel Aviv, and he is an expert on settlement activity.

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PeaceCast: "From Bereavement to Peace" with Parents Circle's Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan

This episode is based on a live recording of a March 6th, 2020 talk with Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan of the Parents Circle. The two are the protagonists of Apeirogon, the new novel by Colum McCann.

Rami and Bassam lost their daughters to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and both made the decision to harness their bereavement to the cause of Israeli-Palestinian peace.  

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PeaceCast: Developing Palestinian High-Tech

A conversation with Yadin Kaufmann, an Israeli technology investor, social entrepreneur and writer. A veteran venture capitalist, Kaufmann works to stimulate a Palestinian high-tech industry.

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RECORDING: "Israel’s Election Results – A Strategic Analysis" with Yossi Alpher (Tues, 3/2)

Listen to the recording of the Tuesday, March 3rd briefing call with Israeli political and strategic affairs analyst Yossi Alpher, the day following the  Israeli election:

 

Yossi Alpher, an independent security analyst, 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. He is the author of Hard Questions Tough Answers, APN’s weekly analysis of Israeli and Middle Eastern strategic affairs.


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This episode features a talk by Arye (Arik) Carmon, founder and former director of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI).

Dr. Arye Carmon is the Founding President of IDI and one of Israel’s foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for non-partisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations. Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. He has published and lectured extensively on education, Israel-Diaspora relations, and the Holocaust.

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PeaceCast: Home Demolitions in the West Bank - with Amneh Mussa, Laila Barhoum Sarit Michaeli

This episode features a conversation with three women, two Palestinian and one Israeli, who are at the forefront of the struggle against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank.

The three came to Washington as a part of Oxfam’s new initiative to raise consciousness in the United States to the problem of Palestinian home demolitions in the West Bank.

Our guests were:

  • Amneh Mussa, the principal of Al-Tahadi Primary School in the village of Gubbat al-Theeb near Bethlehem. She is an experienced with a B.A. in teaching English from Bethlehem University and a 23-year experience in teaching English. In 2017, Ms. Mussa documented the demolition of her school, which was designed to extend education to previously underserved rural communities in the West Bank. Since the school was rebuilt, she has worked to raise international awareness of the ongoing threats to the school and the importance of educating the next generation of Palestinian leaders.
  • Laila Barhoum, Oxfam’s Policy & Campaign Officer in the Gaza Strip, where she focuses on the impact of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Through her work, she actively engages with different members of the national and international Civil Society with a focus on the humanitarian crisis. Prior to her advocacy work, Ms. Barhoum taught Technology to young girls in Gaza. She holds a Master’s degree in Poverty and Development Studies from the University of Sussex in the UK.
  • Sarit Michaeli, the International Advocacy Officer of the Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem. She has been an integral part of B'Tselem's staff since October 2004, serving as the organization's spokesperson for 12 years. Before joining B'Tselem she worked extensively in the fields of journalism, graphic design and translation in her native Israel and overseas in London and New York. She holds a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Gender Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a BA in graphic design from Camberwell College of Art, the London Institute.

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PeaceCast: Reading the Cards from Europe (with John Lyndon of ALLMEP)

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella that brings together over 100 organizations in Israel and the West Bank to assist them with funding, capacity building, visibility, and impact.

John talked about issues directly related to ALLMEP and its activity, and explored the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in Europe, particularly in the wake of President Trump's vision for Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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PeaceCast: Is Trump's Plan Reversible?

During his term as US ambassador to Israel between 2001 and 2005, Daniel (Dan) Kurtzer spent time trying (and failing) to devise ground rules for limiting West Bank settlement construction. His efforts, at the time, were to minimize Israeli facts on the ground of the West Bank in order to maximize prospects for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Donald Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in contrast, will represent the United States on a joint US-Israeli committee that will  help the Israeli government create the most consequential facts on the ground of the West Bank since Israel captured it in 1967: defining the areas in the West Bank that will be annexed by Israel.

Ambassador Kurtzer, who today is a professor at Princeton University is the guest of this episode.

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