30 episodes

Unsettled is a new podcast featuring news and views on Israel-Palestine and the Jewish diaspora. We're here to provide a space for the difficult conversations and diverse viewpoints that are all too rare in institutional American Jewish communities.

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Unsettled is a new podcast featuring news and views on Israel-Palestine and the Jewish diaspora. We're here to provide a space for the difficult conversations and diverse viewpoints that are all too rare in institutional American Jewish communities.

    Introducing "School Colors"

    Introducing "School Colors"

    Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn is one of the most iconic historically Black neighborhoods in the United States. But Bed-Stuy is changing. Fifty years ago, schools in Bed-Stuy's District 16 were so overcrowded that students went to school in shifts. Today, they're half-empty. Why?

    "School Colors" is a new podcast from Unsettled producer Max Freedman exploring how race, class, and power shape American cities and schools. Listen to the first episode here, then find "School Colors" in your podcast app and subscribe.

    • 43 min
    Energy (Gaza, ep. 4)

    Energy (Gaza, ep. 4)

    Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip shapes people’s lives in many different ways. In this episode, we focus on the chronic energy shortage. Because energy is needed for much more than turning on the lights; water, sewage, and hospitals, schools, farms, and factories — they all depend on a steady supply of electricity.

    First, producer Max Freedman speaks with Tania Hary, executive director of Gisha, to learn why Gaza’s energy infrastructure can only meet about half of the demand. Then, the story of Majd Mashharawi: a young engineer and entrepreneur who is harnessing Gaza’s most plentiful natural resource — sunlight — to bring power to her people.

    • 34 min
    Hamas (Gaza, ep. 3)

    Hamas (Gaza, ep. 3)

    Too many conversations about Gaza begin and end with one word: Hamas. And conversations about Hamas too often rely on reductive talking points.

    In this episode, producer Max Freedman speaks with Tareq Baconi, author of the new book "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance." They discuss the origins of Hamas, its position in the Palestinian political landscape, and its governance of the Gaza Strip.

    • 51 min
    Refugees (Gaza, ep. 2)

    Refugees (Gaza, ep. 2)

    Hilmi Hammad was 18 years old in 1948 when Israeli forces entered his village. He became one of about 200,000 Palestinian refugees who ended up in the Gaza Strip at the end of the 1948 war. The site where Hilmi's village once stood is located today in the center of Israel, and though Hilmi has spent his life in Gaza, his home is still in that village, to which he hopes to return.

    In the second episode of Gaza, a series from Unsettled, we hear from Hilmi and his son Isam. Isam was born in Gaza and is one of the organizers of the Great March of Return. Isam and Hilmi shared with us their history and talked to us about what it means to be Palestinian refugees in Gaza, still dreaming of returning to their native village.

    • 36 min
    The Great March (Gaza, ep. 1)

    The Great March (Gaza, ep. 1)

    American and Israeli politicians, religious leaders, and dignitaries met in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 to mark the United States moving its embassy there. While they celebrated with songs about peace, thousands of Palestinians assembled at the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip for the Great March of Return. This mass demonstration was originally planned to last six weeks, but has continued to this day. How did it all begin, and who are the protestors that continue to risk their lives to participate?

    In the first episode of Gaza, a series from Unsettled, we hear about the Great March of Return from one of its organizers and two young participants.

    • 32 min
    Trailer: Gaza, a series from Unsettled

    Trailer: Gaza, a series from Unsettled

    In January, Unsettled is launching a series about the Gaza Strip. As Gaza has kept coming up in the news this past year, you’ve probably had questions - and so have we.

    Why did thousands of people risk so much to take part in the Great March of Return? Why does a majority of the population identify as refugees, even many who were born in Gaza? How are Gazans innovating in order to survive? How can art be used to upend conventional narratives about Gaza and its people?

    These are just a few of the questions we'll try to address in Gaza, a series from Unsettled. Coming in January 2019. Subscribe to Unsettled wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

Murray Creagh ,

Unsettled

Unsettled is a thoughtfully presented podcast about very important and complex issues. Two episodes in so far and I commend the Unsettled team for the tone of their show.
Episode one features field recordings and the accounts of activists involved in trying to establish a camp in Hebron. The recording, which includes confrontation with Israeli military is quite visceral and dramatic. There's narration that provides context and exposition as well as the emotional testimonies of activists. I think this episode did a great job of laying out the terrain, the themes of the series (from what I could understand anyway) as well as giving this very visceral sense of what's at stake, the prospect of state violence etc. I did feel that the episode could have been longer, with perhaps some more time devoted to other points of view, the Palestinian man that was hoping to live on the new camp site for example. I would have liked to know what his perspective on the activists was, his thoughts on their solidarity. I can find Palestinian perspectives on Israeli occupation but I don’t think I’ve heard much about how they feel about Americans that support them in this way.
The second episode is an interview with activist Rachel Roberts. She’s an extremely interesting and articulate subject and host Max Freedman does an excellent job of telescoping between the issues of the occupation and Robert’s own personal life and upbringing, her questioning of the uncritical support for Israel’s most right wing policies within the culture she grew up in and her emergent activism. She mentioned the stress this placed on her personal connections and it would have been interesting to hear more about that. One thing I think’s great about this podcast and that Freedman and Roberts handled very well here was the way they stopped at various points to explain concepts, histories and contexts of the various events and groups they discussed as they came up. It’s not essential to know everything there is to know about the history of Israel/ Palestine to be able to follow the show, though there are links relating to everything discussed on the Unsettled website as well as reading lists - as the podcast continues I see this becoming a great resource in itself. During discussion of the handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat I did wonder if Roberts might mention Rabin’s subsequent assassination and so open up discussion to include far right Israeli extremists, and I wondered if examination of those factors might come under the podcast’s remit … but I think there is lots of analysis available elsewhere on this topic and in fact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within Israel/Palestine in general and what I’m personally really looking for from Unsettled is some insight into the political and cultural struggles of U.S based Jewish activists and human rights campaigners to “move the needle” on U.S policy towards Israel, it seems to me they are the only ones that can, but i’m under informed and would like to hear this discussed on the podcast - in lieu of other media covering this angle.….I’ll continue listening to Unsettled with great interest!

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