126 episodes

FMEP staff, fellows, and guests take a deep dive into issues related to Israel, Palestine, and occupation.

This podcast is a project of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP.org)

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FMEP staff, fellows, and guests take a deep dive into issues related to Israel, Palestine, and occupation.

This podcast is a project of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP.org)

    The Imperative of Accountability for Shireen Abu Akleh's Killing

    The Imperative of Accountability for Shireen Abu Akleh's Killing

    In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Lara Friedman speaks with preeminent journalist Dalia Hatuqa about the killing of her friend and fellow journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on May 11, 2022, the myriad investigations that have been carried out, and the imperative of getting justice, which requires accountability.

    For resources related to this podcast see: https://fmep.org/resource/the-imperative-of-accountability-for-shireen-abu-aklehs-killing/

    • 32 min
    "It's our responsibility to turn on the light": Masafer Yatta, Apartheid, and Youth Activism

    "It's our responsibility to turn on the light": Masafer Yatta, Apartheid, and Youth Activism

    In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with Sameeha Hureini, an activist and university student from A-Twani village in Masafer Yatta in the South Hebron Hills. Sameeha is one of the founders of Youth of Sumud and, together with her brother Sami, was recognized with the 2021 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.

    Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.

    • 51 min
    How AIPAC Punishes Candidates Who Support Palestinian Rights

    How AIPAC Punishes Candidates Who Support Palestinian Rights

    In this episode of "Occupied Thoughts," journalist and FMEP Fellow Peter Beinart speaks with Waleed Shahid, spokesperson and communications director of Justice Democrats.

    Bios: Waleed Shahid is the spokesperson and communications director for Justice Democrats, the grassroots progressive organization that recruited and helped elect Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Jamaal Bowman as well as Congressional candidate Summer Lee, and launched the campaign for a Green New Deal. He is a member of The Nation’s editorial board. Twitter: @_waleedshahid

    ​​Peter Beinart teaches national reporting and opinion writing at the Newmark J-School and political science at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, a MSNBC political commentator, and a fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is also a nonfiction author and former Rhodes Scholar. His first book, The Good Fight, was published by Harper Collins in 2006. His second book, The Icarus Syndrome, was published by HarperCollins in 2010. His third, The Crisis of Zionism, was published by Times Books in 2012. Twitter: @PeterBeinart.

    Original music by Jalal Yacquoub.

    • 38 min
    “1948: Creation and Catastrophe” with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb & Dr. Maha Nassar

    “1948: Creation and Catastrophe” with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb & Dr. Maha Nassar

    As Palestinians commemorate 74 years since the Nakba, FMEP’s Palestinian non-resident fellow Dr. Maha Nassar talks with Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino, about her award-winning documentary, “1948: Creation and Catastrophe.“ (www.1948movie.com)

    Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.

    • 48 min
    The Weaponization of Israel/Palestine in US Elections Campaigns

    The Weaponization of Israel/Palestine in US Elections Campaigns

    Featuring Rania Batrice (Organizer, communications and legislative strategist, mediator, and advisor to elected officials, candidates, and non-profits both domestic and around the globe) & Peter Beinart (Newmark J-School and CUNY Graduate Center; editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, MSNBC political commentator, and fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace) in conversation with Lara Friedman (President, the Foundation for Middle East Peace).

    Israel/Palestine has long played an outsized role in US politics and elections. Candidates’ views on issues like aid to Israel, the status of Jerusalem, settlements and the two-state solution, and sympathy for Palestinians and Palestinian rights are actively elicited, to be used as levers to mobilize financial and political support for chosen incumbents and challengers, or as cudgels to to attack their opponents. On the Hill, members who express even mild support for Palestinian rights, or criticism of Israeli policies, or reservations about additional aid for Israel, open themselves up to being attacked as anti-Israel or antisemitic.

    In the run-up to the 2022 mid-term elections, Israel/Palestine has come up over and over, including with the decision by AIPAC’s new political action committee to endorse a long list of Republicans who sought to overturn the last presidential election; the huge investment by pro-Israel organizations and funders in targeted races, including in Michigan and Ohio; and the controversial recent decision by a Jewish Democratic pro-Israel organization to endorse a (non-Jewish) candidate in a primary battle against a (Jewish) incumbent previously endorsed by that same organization, apparently as retribution for the incumbent’s slightly more progressive views on Israel/Palestine.

    Original music by Jalal Yacquoub.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    'Peace in name only': Opposing the Abraham Accords & Normalization Agreements

    'Peace in name only': Opposing the Abraham Accords & Normalization Agreements

    In this episode of "Occupied Thoughts," FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with Jehad Abusalim (2022 FMEP Fellow) and Dana El-Kurd (University of Richmond) about what the Abraham Accords and normalization agreements with Israel over the last few years have opened up in the Arab world, including state-sponsored efforts to cultivate acceptance of Israel and suppress support for Palestinians. Dana speaks about her research on Arab public opinion as well as pro-Palestine activism, and Jehad draws from the historical context of the long history of Arab Jews as well as Palestinian responses to Zionism and antisemitism before the establishment of the state of Israel. 

    In February, Dana published this brief, "Pro-Palestine solidarity in the UAE: A view from Emirati activists." See also this article from the Economist in January 2022, "The Arab world is re-embracing its Jews."  

    Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

JaamacEeney ,

A must follow podcast

Great, educational and quite an enlightening content. A must have podcast for anyone genuinely interested in Israel/Palestine and looking for educational content free from the Israeli state propaganda

Ashpennig05 ,

Amazing

Exceptionally dismantles the Palestinian experience in an accurate manner

Kewaunee Gal ,

A needed voice in our country

Peter’s thoughtful discussions bring needed perspectives as we reflect on our country’s policies toward Israel and Palestine. I would be interested in an episode on the growing relationship between the State of Israel and Evangelicals in the United States, many of whom are unconditional supporters of the State of Israel.

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