PeaceCast Episode #144: "The Occupation as Apartheid" with Michael Sfard

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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.

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PeaceCast Episode #143: Israel's Protest Movement and the Peace Agenda

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Eran Nissan is a key organizer and activist in the current Anti-Netanyahu, anti-corruption and pro-democracy protest movement in Israel. 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.

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Eran's story on a past PeaceCast episode

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PeaceCast Episode #142: David Pollock Analyzes a Decade of Palestinian Attitudes

Michael Sfard's recent legal opinion, commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din, concluded that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is a form of apartheid, constituting a crime according to international law.

Listen to APN's Webinar with Michael Sfard from August 10, 2020:


Michael Sfard is an Israeli attorney who represents various Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace organizations, movements, and activists. 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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RECORDING (July 23 Webinar) - "Annex and Dispossess: Peace Now's Hagit Ofran on her New Report"

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Go HERE for a 23 minute long edited version of the above turned into an episode of APN's PeaceCast.

Hagit Ofran of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team laid out the way in which Israeli authorities use the Absentee Property Law to dispossess Palestinians of their properties in East Jerusalem and transfer their homes to settlers. This same process could be applied to tens of thousands of Palestinians if and when Israel annexes in the West Bank.


Hagit Ofran is the co-director of Settlement Watch, a project of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now). She has two decades of expertise on issues related to settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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PeaceCast Episode #140: New Story Leadership Goes Virtual - Young Israeli and Palestinians Leaders

Listen to leading experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on U.S.-Israel relations Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Danny Seidemann, founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem.  Recording is from APN's Zoom webinar from July 2, 2020.


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. Lara is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on the Israeli-Arab conflict, Israeli settlements, Jerusalem, and the role of Congress in U.S. policy on the Middle East.

Daniel Seidemann is the 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.

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LISTEN to the June 29 briefing by Ambassador Daniel Shapiro:

 


Ambassador Daniel Shapiro analyzed the Trump administration’s policy on annexation and the impact of West Bank annexation on future US-Israeli relations,

Ambassador Shapiro is the former US ambassador to Israel. Currently, he is a distinguished visiting fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies.

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In a Zoom webinar on Friday, June 26, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, the director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, provided an analysis based on recent polling regarding the state of affairs among the Palestinian public and its leadership as Israel moves to annex large swathes of the West.

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Pummeled by the Israeli occupation, Palestinian Authority diplomatic ineptness in the West Bank and Hamas governance incompetence in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian public is now facing the specter of West Bank annexation. Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO, utterly committed to two-state diplomacy with Israel, is hard-pressed to respond to this paradigm-changing move by the Israeli government.


Khalil Shikaki is a Professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah, Palestine). Since 2005 he has been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He finished his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several Palestinian and American universities.

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The Dove - A Series of Stories from Israeli Journalists

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Part I - Oren Cohen: "Chauffeuring in Gaza"

Part II - Anat Saragusti: "Befriending a bomber turned peacenik"

Part III - Gideon Levy: "Collateral Maria"

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