PeaceCast Episode #149: Israeli Memory of the 1948 Palestinian Refugee Problem

Rafi Nets-Zehngut’s new book (currently in Hebrew only) focuses on the collective memory among Israeli Jews of the question of the Palestinian exodus from Palestine during the 1948 war, the war that Israeli Jews refer to as the War of Independence and that the Palestinians refer to as the Naqba, the catastrophe.

One of his most intriguing and surprising findings is that the biased “official” Zionist narrative regarding this experience has been challenged in Israel and then lost its grounding much earlier than one may think.

How did this happen? Why is it important? How may it impact efforts to advance peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians?

Dr. Nets-Zehngut addresses these questions and others in this episode of PeaceCast.


PeaceCast Podcast: "Yossi Alpher on the Israel-UAE Agreement"

In this episode of APN's PeaceCast podcast, independent Israeli security analyst Yossi Alpher assesses the various aspects of the Israel-United Arab Emirates normalization deal.


Yossi Alpher is the author of Hard Questions, Tough Answers, APN’s weekly analysis of political and strategic affairs. Now an independent security analyst, Alpher is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. 

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LISTEN - APN's Ori Nir on VOA feature report on Israel - UAE normalization

APN's Ori Nir was interviewed and featured in this VOA feature on the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, announced on Thursday, August 13. 

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PeaceCast Episode#145: Jessica Montell on Israel's House Demolition Policy


In a rare decision, Israel's Supreme Court accepted the petition of a Palestinian family against an IDF order to punitively demolish its West Bank home.

Jessica Montell, the executive director of the Israeli human rights organization Hamoked, which helped file the petition, talks about the case and about the doctrine and practice of house demolitions in the West Bank. 

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


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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Anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel continue to growAmerican-Israeli journalist Dina Kraft discussed the nature and impact of the unprecedented continuing protests in Israel against Prime Minister Netanyahu, government corruption, and for democracy and justice. 


B'nai B'rith World Center-Jerusalem Announces Winners of 2020 ...Dina Kraft is a journalist, editor, and educator. Currently based in Tel Aviv she is a correspondent for both Haaretz and The Christian Science Monitor where she reports on Israeli and Palestinian politics, culture and society. Dina is also the host of The Branch, a podcast hosted by Hadassah, which features stories of partnerships between Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs. Formerly, Kraft was based in Jerusalem and Johannesburg for The Associated Press and has reported from throughout Africa, as well as Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Russia and Ukraine. 

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


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.


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"


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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