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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)

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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)

    This is Not a Drill: Israel Brings the Hammer Down on the Palestinian NGO Sector, ft Omar Shakir

    This is Not a Drill: Israel Brings the Hammer Down on the Palestinian NGO Sector, ft Omar Shakir

    In this episode of FMEP’s Occupied Thoughts podcast, FMEP’s Lara Friedman speaks with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, about Israel’s further targeting of Palestinian human rights/civil society, with the "ratification" 8/17/22 of Israeli decisions to designate 6 Palestinian NGOs as terror organizations, and Israel's move 8/18/22 to raid and shut down the groups. Further resources/links: https://fmep.org/resource/this-is-not-a-drill-israel-brings-the-hammer-down-on-the-palestinian-ngo-sector-ft-omar-shakir/

    • 45 min
    "Treated as subhuman, deprived of rights and dignity," Gazans need "to heal, be heard, and be free"

    "Treated as subhuman, deprived of rights and dignity," Gazans need "to heal, be heard, and be free"

    In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with FMEP Fellow Jehad Abusalim about the aftermath of the most recent escalation, the relationship between the Nakba and the ongoing violent realities of Gaza, and questions of how to talk about and envision Gaza within broader frameworks of Palestinian liberation and freedom. 

    Jehad Abusalim is the Education and Policy Coordinator of the Palestine Activism Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He is completing his PhD in the History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies joint program at New York University. His research focuses on Arab and Palestinian intellectual discourse on Zionism, antisemitism, and the plight of the Jewish people in Europe between 1870 and 1948. Jehad also studies the social and political history of the Gaza Strip, focusing on the continuing impact of the Nakba on life in Gaza before and after 1948. Mr. Abusalim has been published in the Washington Post, al-Jazeera, the New Arab, and Vox. 

    Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. She is an affiliated faculty member at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies. 

    Resources from Jehad Abusalim: 

    Twitter profile: @JehadAbusalim, and his threads about the recent Gaza assault. 
    Most recent publication, the co-edited anthology Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire, published by Haymarket books. 
    May 2021 Washington Post article, The Gaza cease-fire is no excuse for the world to look away
    May 2020 Journal of Palestine Studies article, The Great March of Return: An Organizer's Perspective
    An AFSC resource for learning more about Gaza: https://gazaunlocked.org/

    Original Music by Jalal. Yaquoub.

    • 54 min
    Israeli Supreme Court Opens Door to "Legalized" Ethnic Cleansing Inside the Green Line

    Israeli Supreme Court Opens Door to "Legalized" Ethnic Cleansing Inside the Green Line

    FMEP President Lara Friedman speaks with Dr. Lana Tatour about the recent Israeli Supreme Court decision that opens a legal path for the Israeli government to revoke citizenship of Palestinian citizens of Israel, and what this decision both reflects and demonstrates about the fragile status of Israel's Palestinian citizens.

    Dr. Tatour is an assistant professor in global development at the School of Social Science, University of New South Wales, Australia. She was the 2019–20 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She is currently completing a book provisionally titled Ambivalent Resistance: Palestinians in Israel and the Liberal Politics of Settler Colonialism and Human Rights. Follow her on Twitter at @Lana_Tatour.

    Links to articles mentioned in this podcast & further resources can be found here: https://fmep.org/resource/israeli-supreme-court-opens-door-to-legalized-ethnic-cleansing-inside-the-green-line

    • 46 min
    Mr. Biden Goes to the Middle East

    Mr. Biden Goes to the Middle East

    In mid-July, President Biden is expected to make his first visit as President of the United States to Israel and the Persian Gulf. What is the point of his visit? What does it mean for U.S. policy vis-a-vis Israel and the Gulf? What does it mean for Palestinians? To explore these and other questions, FMEP and Jewish Currents held a conversation with U.S.-based experts Peter Beinart (CUNY), Dana El Kurd (University of Richmond), Lara Friedman (FMEP), and Trita Parsi (Quincy). 

    Participants: 

    ​​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, an 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 HarperCollins 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. Peter tweets at @PeterBeinart

    Dana El Kurd is an assistant professor at the University of Richmond, a non resident senior fellow at the Arab Center Washington, and non resident fellow at the Middle East Institute in the Palestine program. Her work focuses on authoritarianism, international intervention, and state-society relations in the Arab world. Her book, Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine, was released in January 2020 with Oxford University Press. She tweets at @danaelkurd.

    Lara Friedman is the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP). With more than 25 years working in the Middle East foreign policy arena, Lara is a leading authority on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with particular expertise on Israel/Palestine and the role of the U.S. Congress. In addition to her work at FMEP, Lara is a Contributing Writer at Jewish Currents and a non-resident fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP). Prior to joining FMEP, Lara was the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now, and before that she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut. She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service; in addition to English, Lara speaks French, Arabic, Spanish, (weak) Italian, and muddles through in Hebrew. Lara tweets at @LaraFriedmanDC

    Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign policy, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. He was named by the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the 25 most influential voices on foreign policy in Washington DC in both 2021 and 2022, and preeminent public intellectual Noam Chomsky calls Parsi “one of the most distinguished scholars on Iran.” He tweets at @tparsi.

    Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.

    • 59 min
    “The people are devastated”: Demolitions, harassment, and live fire IDF training in Masafer Yatta

    “The people are devastated”: Demolitions, harassment, and live fire IDF training in Masafer Yatta

    FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with Ali Awad about Masafer Yatta and particularly Firing Zone 918 and what has changed there since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in May authorizing the Israeli military to expel the Palestinian residents of the firing zone. Ali's most recent article on +972,"'They're not arriving with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same'," was published on June 29, 2022.

    Ali Awad is journalist and activist from the village of Tuba in Masafer Yatta. He is co-founder of the new media project Humans of Masafer Yatta.

    Sarah Anne Minkin is Director of Programs & Partnerships at FMEP.

    Resources mentioned in this podcast:

    Humans of Masafer Yatta on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/humansofmasaferyatta/
    Humans of Masafer Yatta on Substack: https://humansofmasaferyatta.substack.com/
    #SaveMasaferYatta campaign: https://savemasaferyatta.com/en/
    Youth of Sumud on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/youthofsumud/?hl=en
    Youth of Sumud on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youthofsumud/
    Ali Awad on Twitter: @Ali_awad1998
    Ali Awad's archives on +972 Magazine: https://www.972mag.com/writer/ali-awad/
    Ali's newest article on +972, "'They're not arriving with trucks to deport us, but the goal is the same'"
    FMEP's recent podcast with Sameeha Hureini, activist with Youth of Sumud and resident of A'Twani village, "'It's our responsibility to turn on the light': Masafer Yatta, Apartheid, and Youth Activism": https://fmep.org/resource/its-our-responsibility-to-turn-on-the-light-masafer-yatta-apartheid-and-youth-activism/

    Original Music by Jalal Yaquoub.

    • 37 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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88 Ratings

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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

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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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