17 episodes

Groundwork is a podcast about Palestinians and Israelis refusing to accept the status quo and working to change it. We tell stories of people on the front lines.

We are hosted by Sally Abed and Dina Kraft and produced by Yoshi Fields. We are a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

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    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

Groundwork is a podcast about Palestinians and Israelis refusing to accept the status quo and working to change it. We tell stories of people on the front lines.

We are hosted by Sally Abed and Dina Kraft and produced by Yoshi Fields. We are a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    Ground Report: Sally Abed

    Ground Report: Sally Abed

    We just finished season two. But before we sign off fully, we wanted to give you a special episode. We're turning the mic around! Groundwork creator and producer Yoshi Fields sat down with host Sally Abed to talk about her experience as a Palestinian activist in Israel. Sally is a member of the national leadership of Standing Together - the largest Jewish Arab grassroots movement in Israel. 
    Groundwork is created and produced by Dina Kraft and Yoshi Fields. Content and audio editing by Yoshi. Yoshi  scored the episode. Additional content editing by Elisheva Goldberg and Nick Acosta. Art and design by Nick Acosta. Groundwork is a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    • 30 min
    Two States, One Homeland

    Two States, One Homeland

    In Israel-Palestine today, many people feel trapped in a century-long circle of violence. The closest breakthrough came thirty years ago in 1993, with the Oslo Accords. In this week's episode, we hear a story about May Pundak, Executive Director of A Land For All. May is the daughter of one of the architects of Oslo, Ron Pundak. But she thinks she may be onto a different model for peace that can break the cycle where Oslo went wrong. It’s not a two-state or one-state solution, but an idea that requires that we renew the conversation with some new thinking - one homeland.
    Groundwork is created and produced by Dina Kraft and Yoshi Fields. It is hosted by Dina Kraft and Sally Abed. They also reported this episode. Content and audio editing by Yoshi Fields. Additional content editing by Elisheva Goldberg and Nick Acosta. Joel Shupack scored the piece. Art and design by Nick Acosta. Groundwork is a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    • 28 min
    Ground Report: Yara Amayra

    Ground Report: Yara Amayra

    We’re back with our one-on-one series, Ground Report, where we sit down with an activist to have a conversation about who they are, what motivates them, and what kind of future they imagine for the region. This week’s guest is Yara Amayra. Yara is a Palestinian activist from the south of Hebron in the West Bank. She has worked with Women Wage Peace, New Story Leadership, and now works as the Palestinian Co- Director of Land for All.
    In the interview, we start out talking about how she got into activism, and then, things got really emotional. Peacebuilding and anti-occupation work is hard work for everyone, but uniquely challenging for Palestinians. It requires immense amounts of hope and optimism, and the ability to be able to imagine a better future for this place. Having that vision, and being able to see it clearly, is so important for activists working in this field.
    Groundwork is created and produced by Dina Kraft and Yoshi Fields. Ground Report is reported by Sally Abed, with content and audio editing by Yoshi. Yoshi also scored the piece. Additional content editing by Elisheva Goldberg and Nick Acosta. Art and design by Nick Acosta. Groundwork is a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    • 22 min
    BONUS: Unsettled - The Calderons are Unsettled (Pt. 1)

    BONUS: Unsettled - The Calderons are Unsettled (Pt. 1)

    This week, we're featuring a story from our friends at the Unsettled podcast. Unsettled features difficult conversations and diverse viewpoints on Israel-Palestine and the Jewish diaspora.
    The episode is called, "The Calderons are Unsettled (Pt. 1)" and follows Unsettled producer Asaf Calderon. Asaf's parents raised him to think critically and to fight against injustice, even if it means going against what most people consider normal. But today, even while their values remain the same, there is a deep ideological rift between them when it comes to Zionism.
    In this episode, Asaf sits down with his parents, Nissim and Rivka Calderon, to learn about their political development and discuss whether Zionism is compatible with left politics and Palestinian rights.
    Part 2 is available here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-calderons-are-unsettled-part-2/id1253624935?i=1000548482571
    You can find Unsettled on Instagram, and wherever you find podcasts: https://www.instagram.com/unsettled_pod/?hl=en
     
     

    • 28 min
    A Crisis that Unites Us

    A Crisis that Unites Us

    Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed is a Palestinian environmental scientist from East Jerusalem, but he works at a Kibbutz near the southern tip of Israel, at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. To say this is unusual, is an understatement. Yet, Tareq feels that science gives him a unique way to make connections between Palestinians and Israelis, and even Jordanians, who are all facing the same climate crisis – and also creating a more sustainable world.
    Groundwork is created and produced by Dina Kraft and Yoshi Fields. It is hosted by Dina Kraft and Sally Abed. The episode was reported by Miriam Herschlag. Content and audio editing by Yoshi Fields. Additional content editing by Elisheva Goldberg and Nick Acosta. Joel Shupack scored the piece. Art and design by Nick Acosta. Groundwork is a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    • 28 min
    Ground Report: Mikhael Manekin

    Ground Report: Mikhael Manekin

    We’re back this week with our one-on-one series, Ground Report, where we sit down with an activist to have a conversation about who they are, what motivates them, and what kind of future they imagine for the region.
    This week's guest is Mikhael Manekin. Mikhael is an anti-occupation activist, Director of the Alliance Fellowship, and an Orthodox religious Jew living in Jerusalem. The narrative around the fight for Israel’s values - within the Jewish community -  is often told as one with a stark divide: where “Secular Left” faces off against “Religious Right. And it’s true that, oftentimes religious observance and right wing politics in Israel do go hand in hand. But Mikhael challenges that narrative. In this episode, we talk to Mikael about how the religious community fits into the struggle to end the occupation, the struggle for peace, equality, and justice.
    Groundwork is created and produced by Dina Kraft and Yoshi Fields. Ground Report is reported by Sally Abed, with content and audio editing by Yoshi. Yoshi also scored the piece. Additional content editing by Elisheva Goldberg and Nick Acosta. Art and design by Nick Acosta. Groundwork is a joint production of New Israel Fund and the Alliance for Middle East Peace.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Grassrootscatalyst ,

Raw, bold, genuinely inspiring

The authentic voice of the peace builders is restorative

אבי זהבי ,

A taste of hope

You are doing brave and courageous work! These are the stories and actions we need to help build a better future for us all. I stand in awe!

littleapples ,

Informative and illuminating

This beautifully researched and presented series is a must for everyone who cares about Israel / Palestine and the future of the people who live there.

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