41 episodes

Peter Beinart, FMEP staff, 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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Peter Beinart, FMEP staff, 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)

    "Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo" ft. Zaha Hassan and Daniel Levy with Peter Beinart

    "Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo" ft. Zaha Hassan and Daniel Levy with Peter Beinart

    In this new episode of "Occupied Thoughts," Peter Beinart interviews Zaha Hassan and Daniel Levy about the new Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report, "Breaking the Israel-Palestine Status Quo," co-authored with Hallaamal Keir and Marwan Muasher.

    The report aims to offer new ways forward, arguing that "[i]nstead of reviving a moribund peace process or simply abandoning U.S. engagement, President Joe Biden’s administration should place a rights-based approach at the center of its strategy."

    Original music by Jalal Yaqoub

    • 22 min
    “In This Place Together” w/ Peter Beinart, Sulaiman Khatib & Penina Eilberg-Schwartz,

    “In This Place Together” w/ Peter Beinart, Sulaiman Khatib & Penina Eilberg-Schwartz,

    In this new episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” Peter Beinart interviews Sulaiman Khatib and Penina Eilberg-Schwartz about their new book, In This Place Together, which the publisher describes as a “narrative meditation on joint nonviolence, opening a window to the questions of power, multiple narratives, and imagination that touch on struggles for justice everywhere.”

    More information at fmep.org

    Orinigial music by Jalal Yaqoub

    • 37 min
    Presenting: Israel, Palestine & the Role of Congress - An Accelerated Learning Series

    Presenting: Israel, Palestine & the Role of Congress - An Accelerated Learning Series

    The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) hosted an eight-part webinar series for members of the House and Senate and Congressional Staff discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy. The series is co-moderated by FMEP’s Lara Friedman & MEI’s Khaled Elgindy.

    Access the series at FMEP.org

    Original "Occupied Thoughts" music by Jalal Yacoub

    • 24 min
    Israeli and Palestinian Elections: Opportunities for Change or More of Same?

    Israeli and Palestinian Elections: Opportunities for Change or More of Same?

    Ft. Peter Beinart, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Diana Buttu, and Orly Noy.

    Last week, Israelis went to the polls for the fourth time in two years to elect a new government. In parallel, Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem are now — for the first time in nearly 15 years — preparing for presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for May and June.

    What are the prospects for these elections bringing about real, positive change for either people or an opening to confront Israeli apartheid, annexation, or occupation? In what ways are these elections a distraction that enable the continuation of the current status quo, which includes the increasingly illiberal nature of Israeli politics and society, and the continued authoritarian and unaccountable nature of Palestinian leadership?

    More info, including panelist biographies, can be found at fmep.org

    “Original ‘Occupied Thoughts’ music by Jalal Yaqoub”

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Nathan Thrall, Peter Beinart, and “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama”

    Nathan Thrall, Peter Beinart, and “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama”

    In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” Peter Beinart interviews Nathan Thrall about Thrall’s new essay in the New York Review of Books, “A Day in the Life of Abed Salama.” The essay describes a Palestinian father’s search for his son following a bus accident, detailing layers of neglect, danger, and abuse faced by Palestinians living under Israeli control, whether in the Jerusalem, the West Bank, or inside the Green Line.

    • 42 min
    Mainstreaming the Extreme: How Meir Kahane’s Vision of Jewish Supremacy Conquered Israeli Politics

    Mainstreaming the Extreme: How Meir Kahane’s Vision of Jewish Supremacy Conquered Israeli Politics

    When Israeli citizens go to the polls on March 23rd, one thing they will be voting on is whether to bring followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane into the Knesset as part of a new party, “Religious Zionism.” The sudden political ascent of the Religious Zionism party was orchestrated by Benjamin Netanyahu in exchange for its support for keeping him in power, leading one Ha’aretz commentator to name him a “lobbyist for the Kahanist party.”

    featuring Amjad Iraqi (+972 Magazine), Professor Rabbi Shaul Magid (Dartmouth College and author of the forthcoming Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical), Natasha Roth-Rowland (University of Virginia) in conversation with Lara Friedman (FMEP).

    For the resources shared during the webinar, please visit: https://fmep.org/resource/18777/

    Original music by Jalal Yaqoub

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

AV vancouver ,

Thanks for the views of those from other side

I think Peter needs to insist that his guests answer the litmus test questions early in the interview so that we know where they are in the spectrum of opinions
Thanks
Alex

Booch418 ,

Single Minded

Panels and interviews are always orientated towards one opinion. This podcast’s only contribution is to tell certain people what they already want to hear. Panels offer no debate or new ideas on the conflict just perpetuating a single opinion. Neither eye opening nor deep.

MiriamR_ ,

A waste of time given better podcasts

There is an outstanding community of ideas that are represented in podcasts such as the tikvah podcast and thinkers who thoughtfully present balanced information. We have more than enough people who have trouble distinguishing propaganda from history and there is no value added by this kind of media. If you want that, read the Guardian; there is more than enough of that already.

I have a problem with American Jews who want to interfere, even if it is well intentioned. Israel need support not more armchair philosophers. If you really care about Israeli policy, whether you are a one-state proponent or the other extreme, move there, become a citizen and participate in their society. Yes, the conflict needs to be addressed but by Israel with the participation of the people who live there.

I feel that support is necessary outside of Israel and I take umbrage at the complaints about too many Jewish voices. Read what happened at the Evian conference during World War II. If we don’t speak for ourselves who else will have our backs? Please study history.

What is also telling is the lack of modern Jewish representation in universities. There is a problem with cultural totalitarianism and not just in the pro-Israel arena. The is is not new. I witnessed this nonsense in the late 1970s. The point of a university education is to get outside of one’s comfort zone and have a discourse of differing ideas.

For the record, my career was in the sciences and I am wired to collegial and diverse relationships decades before diversity training became a thing. Clearly we do need to address racism and my familiarity with the people in this podcast from reading other sources tells me thIs is overdue. We should do this without descending into reverse racism.

Passing on this one. As I said, there are better alternatives and thinkers.

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