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#21: Daoud Kuttab: Current Crisis - a View from Amman

Daoud Kuttab a veteran Palestinian journalist, now lives and works in Amman as the director-general of the Community Media Network a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing independent media in the Arab world. In a conversation with APN's Ori Nir and Debra Shushan, he lays out Jordan's perspective on the recent Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif crisis and the deteriorating relations between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Israel.

Duration: 00:27:04

#20: Zooming in on the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif

Ofer Zalzberg, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group is a leading expert on the Holy Esplanade, the site in Jerusalem that Jews refer to as the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Haram al-Sharif. Ofer analyzes the current crisis and discusses ways in which similar crises may be avoided in the future.

Duration: 00:30:52

#19: The Dove II - Young Israelis and Palestinians Tell their Stories

This episode is a slightly edited recording of Americans for Peace Now's second edition of The Dove, a storytelling event modeled after the well-known storytelling enterprise, The Moth. This event took place as violence was spiraling in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The seven storytellers, however, tried to underscore hope, and we deeply appreciate them for it. This event was co-sponsored by New Story Leadership, a Washington-based organization that brings together young Palestinians...

Duration: 01:11:13

#18: The Last Palestinian - Biography of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, where he focuses on Palestinian politics. Amir Tibon is the newly-appointed bureau chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper. Together, they authored a new biography of Mahmoud Abbas, (Abu Mazen) the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Chairman of the PLO. Their book, The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas, was launched on July 11 2017, and we interviewed them...

Duration: 00:54:37

#17: East and West Jerusalem Meet in Washington

Katya Lipovetzky, an Israeli, recently graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Hashem Sayyed, a Palestinian, recently graduated from al-Quds University, the Palestinian university of Jerusalem. Hashem and Katya are APN's summer interns, working together to produce our second storytelling event, The Dove. The two are enrolled in New Story Leadership, a summer program in Washington that gives young Israelis and Palestinians a chance to meet each other, to network, to learn how...

Duration: 00:20:57

#16: Carmi Gilon - Sober Optimist Gatekeeper

Carmi Gilon, the former chief of Israel’s secret service, Shin Bet, for years helped run Israel's occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Like many other Israeli former senior security officials, he became an anti-occupation peace advocate when he finish his service. If you watched the documentary The Gatekeepers, which features Carmi Gilon among six past heads of Israel’s Shin-Bet, you understand why. Episode 16 of PeaceCast features a conversation with Gilon, who today is the...

Duration: 00:31:00

#15: City on a Hilltop: American-Jewish West Bank Settlers

Around 15% of the Jewish settlers’ population in the West Bank are of American origin, American Jews who have made Aliyah (emigrated to Israel), and chose to settle the West Bank. It feels as if their proportion is even larger, because they are so central to the ideological settlers’ movement, so active and so vociferous. The expert on this issue is Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, a lecturer at Oxford University in the UK. Her recently published book on this topic, is City on a Hilltop. Sara...

Duration: 00:39:16

#14: Gaza Unplugged: Daily Life, Refugee Services, and Rock Music in a Strip Starved for Power

This episode is the second in a series that focuses on the Gaza Strip. APN's Ori Nir and Stephanie Breitsman interview Rania al-Hilou, a young professional woman living in Gaza City, who describes living conditions with only two hours of electricity a day, and UNRWA's Scott Anderson, formerly the Gaza operations director and currently the West Bank operations director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. And, as a kicker, an introduction to the Gaza Strip's only rock...

Duration: 00:47:42

#13: Gaza Crisis and Qatar's Role

This episode has two segments, both relate to the Gaza Strip. The first segment is an interview with the World Bank’s country director for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Marina Wes. She talked about the terrible state of the Gaza economy, about its dependence on external financial assistance, and about its grim future. The second segment is a conversation with Haim Malka of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, who focused on Gaza’s largest donor, the gulf...

Duration: 00:34:27

#12: Two States, One Hope – Four Voices from Peace Now’s Rally

This special edition of PeaceCast features four interviews recorded at Peace Now’s massive “Two States – One Hope” demonstration marking fifty years of occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and calling on Israel’s government to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians. Interviewed are Peace Now co-founder Tzali Reshef, former Israeli ambassador to France and veteran Israeli diplomat Daniel Shek, Haaretz’s senior columnist Chemi Shalev and Peace Now’s director of external relations...

Duration: 00:14:07

#11: Peacemaking through Storytelling – a Talk with Noa Baum

Israeli-American storyteller and peace activist Noa Baum, whose show A Land Twice Promised has won praise throughout the US, has now published a book under the same title. APN’s Stephanie Breitsman and Ori Nir spoke with Noa about the power of storytelling, about empathy and compassion, about changing hearts and minds, and about hope.

Duration: 00:32:50

#10: Movement in Gaza and Clergy in the Gulf

Why did ten American rabbis, ten US evangelical pastors and ten American Muslim Imams fly together to the Gulf Emirate of Abu-Dhabi? And is there a justified security rationale for the extremely tight Israeli restrictions on Palestinians’ movement into and out of the Gaza Strip? These are two of many fascinating questions discussed in this short episode of PeaceCast, which features two interviews. A conversation with Sari Bashi of Human Rights Watch about restrictions on movement of...

Duration: 00:21:31

#9: Settlements and Soccer

What does Israel’s West Bank settlement policy have to do with international soccer? Dr. James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, is the leading world expert on this subject. He is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, a book that among other things explores the topic of this episode's discussion. Dorsey closely follows the way in which the...

Duration: 00:15:05

#8: The Dove, APN’s First Live Storytelling Event

This episode is a treat. It is a recording of APN’s first in a series of storytelling events, modeled after the popular storytelling show The Moth. We call ours “The Dove.” Ours focuses on stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, personal stories that inspire hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace. This show features US journalists Barbara Slavin and Tim Phelps, Palestinian journalist Nadia Bilbassy, Ori Nir, formerly with Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, and Noa Baum, the show’s host, a...

Duration: 00:58:58

#7: Missed Opportunities and De-Facto Annexation – A Conversation with Galia Golan

Israeli political science Professor Galia Golan has in recent years focused her research on opportunities that the government of Israel has missed to advance peace with its neighbors or to avert wars. A recent Israeli State Comptroller report asserts that Prime Minister Netanyahu and his then-minister of defense Moshe Ya’alon were advised of possible ways to avert the 2014 “Protective Edge” Gaza war, but did not discuss them with members of the Cabinet. Golan says the decision to wage war...

Duration: 00:28:11

#6: Disturbing the Peace

This episode features a documentary film about Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, who have come together to advocate within their societies and across the societies for peace. These are people who in the past saw each other through the crosshairs and today are jointly devising strategies to break the status quo of enmity and apathy, fear and hate in both societies, working together to pave a way for ending the conflict. The name of the documentary is Disturbing the Peace; more on...

Duration: 00:47:40

#5: Setting the Stage for the Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: A briefing with Yossi Alpher

In their first meeting since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, the new President of the United States and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel are expected to reach some understandings on the chief national security challenges facing Israel. To discuss these challenges and the way in which the two leaders perceive them, and to set the stage for the March 14 meeting in the Oval Office, PeaceCast formatted a February 9th APN briefing call with Israeli national security expert Yossi...

Duration: 00:41:38

#4: Trump, Netanyahu, and American Jews: A conversation with Alon Pinkas

The Israeli government’s enthusiastic embrace of Donald Trump and his controversial policies is further exacerbating the estrangement and alienation that many American Jews increasingly feel toward Israel’s leadership -- and perhaps toward Israel more generally. President Trump, for most American Jews, represents the antithesis of what they view as Jewish values and American values. Seeing Trump and some of his policies – particularly his immigration policy – being embraced by the prime...

Duration: 00:25:18

#3 The 50-Year Tipping Point: Interview with Oded Haklai

A large majority of Israelis were born into a situation in which their country is occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. A new poll shows that many Israelis don’t know the basics of that situation – for example, that Israel has never annexed the West Bank, or that settlements like Ariel and Maale Adomim are not under Israeli sovereignty. Oded Haklai, a Canadian-Israeli scholar who conducted the poll demonstrates how the occupation-ignorance tipping point among Israelis is...

Duration: 00:21:43

#2 The Azaria Trial, the IDF and Israeli Society: Interview with Amos Guiora

On January 3, an Israeli military court convicted sergeant Elor Azaria of manslaughter for killing a young, severely injured unarmed Palestinian who moments earlier stabbed and injured one of Azaria’s fellow combatants in the West Bank town of Hebron. The Azaria trial was about much more than the conduct of one soldier and the IDF’s rules of engagement in the West Bank. It ended up being about the relationship between Israeli society and the IDF, about the rule of law, about the cynical...

Duration: 00:24:11

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