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#48: Bethany Bails out on Birthright

Together with several other participants, Bethany Zaiman walked out on a Birthright program earlier this month to protest the program's imbalanced, one-sided approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its avoiding the occupation. Zaiman, an anthropology doctoral student, explains why she and a handful of other young women walked out on the program, nd what she thinks is wrong about Birthright.


#47: Sarah Tuttle-Singer in Jerusalem's Old City

A conversation with author and journalist Sarah Tuttle-Singer, an editor at the Times of Israel and the author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem.


#46: Jim Zogby Feels Vindicated

More than 40 years ago, Dr. James Zogby wrote a short book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and published it a couple of years later. The book was unique in that it laid out the Palestinian narrative of the conflict and its history at a time when this narrative was all but absent from the conversation on Israel-Palestine in the US. Forty years later, Zogby talks about what has changed and what has not, and explains his somewhat surprising decision to take an old short book, dust it...


#45: Calling Gaza: An Other Voice from Israel

This episode, the third in a mini-series on Gaza, crosses the Gaza border to the Israeli communities that surround the Gaza Strip. It features a conversation with Julia Chaitin, a leader of Other Voice (Kol Acher), an peace movement that brings together Israeli peace activists who reach out to their neighbors in Gaza. The photo shows Chaitin at a weekly vigil of Other Voice, shortly after being attacked by right-wing bullies who threw hot coffee at her.


#44: Brian Barber Seeks Words for Gaza

In this episode, the second in a series about the collective emotional state of the Gaza Strip’s population, APN’s Debra Shushan and Ori Nir speak with Dr. Brian Barber, a psychologist, who in the past quarter of a century has been studying the psyche of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Barber is a professor of child and family studies and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee, from which he recently...


#43: Omar Shaban sees hope in Gaza

Omar Shaban is the founder and director of PalThink for Strategic Studies, a Gaza City-based think tank, or as Shaban likes to call it, a “think and do tank.” Debra Shushan, Stephanie Breitsman and Ori Nir sat with Shaban at APN’s office in Washington on Friday June 8th, for a long, fascinating conversation on the economy, society, and politics of the Gaza Strip. This is an unusually long episode. PalThink’s web site is His most recent Foreign Policy article is here: ...


#42: Gaza's Sacred Cows

This episode’s guest is Yizhar Be’er, an Israeli podcaster who formerly reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Haaretz and was the director of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem and the founder and director of Keshev, an Israeli nonprofit that focuses on improving public discourse in Isreali society relating to the conflict. Yizhar’s Hebrew podcast Sacred Cows (Parot Kdoshot) takes apart Israeli myths. One of his chief topics is the Gaza Strip. In an eight-episode...


#41: The Two-State Index

A conversation with Gadi Baltiansky and Nidal Foqaha, the Israeli and Palestinian directors of the Geneva Initiative talk about their Two-State Index, a new tool to measure the feasibility of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the division of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean into two states, Israel and Palestine, living in peace and security alongside each other. Please visit the Geneva Initiative’s web site, and the separate site of the new Two-State...


#40: Palestinian Security Forces

Why does the Palestinian Authority continue its security collaboration with Israel even today, when Israeli-Palestinian political relations are at an all-time low? What is the nature of this cooperation? Who are the Palestinian security forces? How sustainable is their law-enforcement and counter-terrorism assignment? How long can they continue collaborating with Israel at the absence of any progress toward a political accord between Israel and the Palestinians? Our current episode...


#39: Cameras and Kids

This episode features: * Swiss-American photo journalist Saskia Keeley, who through the lenses of cameras that she gives to women -- West Bank Israeli settlers and Palestinian women who live in adjacent towns and villages -- helps these women explore the humanity of the other, open to the other, and discover the many commonalities of Palestinian and Israeli women. Saskia’s web site: * Father Josh Thomas, the executive director of Kids for Peace, a youth...


#38: Snipers on the Gaza Border

Omar Shakir is the Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, where he investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Shakir has a broad experience in human rights work, both with Human Rights Watch and with other groups, including legal representation of Guantanamo detainees and investigating human rights violations in Egypt. Shakir holds a JD from Stanford Law School, where he co-authored a report on the civilian consequences of US drone strikes in...


#37: Palestinian Nationalism in Decline

Another in a series of episodes drawing on Ori's experience in Israel and the West Bank in February, with APN's Study Tour and with the Encounter program. This episode is based on a conversation that members of APN's Board of Directors had with with Khalil Shikaky, who had been featured in the past on PeaceCast. We met at his Ramalla office, where he analyzed his most recent polling data, and spoke about Palestinian politics. This edited-down version focuses on Shikaki's characterization...


#36: No End? Yossi Alpher on the conflict

Another episode based on a talk recorded during APN's recent Study Tour to Israel and the West Bank, featuring Yossi Alpher, one of Israel’s leading geo-strategic political analysts, and the author of Hard Questions Tough Answers.


#35: We're Back! Haaretz's Aluf Benn & AIPAC Conference

PeaceCast is back after a long hiatus. Ori Is back from Israel and the West Bank. Debra Shushan is back from AIPAC's policy conference in DC. In this episode, Ori and Debra talk about AIPAC, about APN's Israel Study Tour, and about the Encounter program that Ori attended in February in Israel. The featured segment of the episode is an edited version of a conversation that APN's Board of Directors had at Haaretz's office in Tel Aviv with Editor in Chief Aluf Benn.


#34: Palestinians Facing Two-State Crisis

Leading Palestinian pollster and scholar Khalil Shikaki, in a conversation from his Ramallah office, reviewing key challenges facing Palestinians and their leaders, and explaining the dwindling support among West Bank and Gaza Palestinians -- particularly the younger generation -- for the creation of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state.


#33: Fauda is Back!

In Arabic, Fauda means chaos. It's also the name of a popular Israeli TV series that has made it on the international scene. Fauda's co-creator Avi Isaccaroff, an Israeli journalist, talks about the show's surprising success, about the message that he and his co-creator Lior Raz are trying to convey to the Israeli audience and to the world through the show, and about the odd reactions to Fauda's second season's publicity campaign.


#32: Trump's Jerusalem Earthquake - Conversation with Jake Walles

On December 7, 2017, APN hosted former US consul General in Jerusalem, Jacob (Jake) Walles. Ambassador Walles spoke about the repercussions of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his decision to start preparations for transferring America’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Jacob Walles is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Tunisia,...


#31: Palestinians and Nonviolence

As a part of our series on the first intifada, as its 30th anniversary approaches, this episode features a conversation with Mubarak Awad, the Palestinian-American who in the mid-1980s returned to Jerusalem, determined to lead a revolution, to get the Palestinians to shift from armed struggle to nonviolence. Awad got in trouble with both the Israeli authorities, which ended up deporting him, and with the PLO, which at first viewed him as a sellout, a collaborator and a traitor, but ended...


#30: Understanding the U.S.-PLO Crisis

The U.S. State Department notified the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) late in November 2017 that it may shut its mission to the United States in Washington DC. The move sparked livid reactions by the Palestinian leadership and raised many eyebrows among Washington's policy community. Why would an administration that says it wants to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace act to alienate one of the parties it wants to bring to the negotiating table? Are the administration's hands...


#29: Enemies and Neighbours: Ian Black's New Book

Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel: 1917-2017 is Ian Black's new book on a hundred years of conflict. Ian Black is a veteran British journalist, who over his many years of reporting has focused on the Arab world, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He recently retired from the Guardian, where for many years he was the Middle East editor, and is now He is now a visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Centre in London. We spoke about his disciplined...