From the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), Occupied Thoughts amplifies the voices of FMEP grantees and partners, offers critical framing, and promote new ideas and new angles on the many issues connected to achieving justice, security, and peace for Palestinians and Israelis.
FMEP works to defend and support Palestinian rights, end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, and ensure a just and secure future for Palestinians and Israelis. FMEP advances this goal through its grants program, public programming, and research. www.fmep.org
Repression in the Shadow of Israel’s War on Gaza Pt 2: Israel’s Criminalization of Palestinian Life
Featuring Hassan Jabarin (Adalah) and Ghousoon Bisharat (+972) in conversation with Peter Beinart (FMEP)
While waging war on Gaza, the Israeli government has simultaneously moved to criminalize criticism of Israel’s war or identification with Palestinians. New legislation, incitement, and arrests are creating a climate of fear and silencing. Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jewish Israelis who advocate for Palestinians face threats, intimidation, and severe restrictions on freedom of speech. Two of the leading organizations in the fight against government repression are the civil rights organization Adalah and the news organization +972 Magazine.
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International Law & Israel/Palestine: A Primer
FMEP Non-Resident Fellows Dr. Yara Asi and Rabea Eghbariah are joined by Dr. Ardi Imseis (Assistant Professor and Academic Director, International Law Programs at Queen’s University Law School) to talk about international law - how it applies in the current crisis, the obligations it imposes on Israel, Hamas, and the international community, and how it can be used to envision and shape next steps.
Repression in the Shadow of Israel’s War on Gaza Pt 1: 5 Israeli Human Rights Groups Sound the Alarm
Featuring Yahav Erez, Yesh Din; Anat Litvin, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI); Jessica Montell, HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual; Tamara Newman, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI); and Tal Steiner, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) in conversation with Lara Friedman (FMEP)
FMEP is pleased to host representatives from five of Israel’s leading human rights groups for a collective call to examine the widespread violation of Palestinian rights across all areas under Israeli control. While the international spotlight is on Gaza, Israel’s extreme-right government has pursued a radical agenda to violate the rights of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, and within Israel.
Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.
From Israel's Blockade to the Siege on Al Shifa Hospital: Public Health in Gaza
In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with 2023 FMEP Palestinian Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Yara Asi about public health in Gaza. The conversation addresses the deficiencies in public health infrastructure due to Israel's blockade before the current war as well as the the current total public health catastrophe, including the bombardments, displacement, collapse of hospitals, and threats to the population in the absence of food, water, fuel, and electricity.
Original music by Jalal Yaquoub.
The UN Tried to Silence Craig Mokhiber, He Resigned
In this episode of "Occupied Thoughts" FMEP non-resident Fellow Peter Beinart speaks with Craig Mokhiber, who recently resigned from his post as a Director at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Mokhiber talks about the culture of the UN and how powerful member states operate to shield Israel from criticism, and if/how international laws against genocide should be applied to Israel and Hamas.
Biden's "Full Tilt" Embrace of Israel & Its War on Gaza
FMEP Non-resident Fellow Peter Beinart talks to Ben Rhodes (Former Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States) about the Biden Administration's response to the October 7th Hamas massacre and Israel's subsequent war on Gaza.
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 Israeli politicians and Evangelical leaders in the United States, many of whom are unconditional supporters of the Israeli government, regardless of its policies.
The only path forward
I’ve been an avid listener of this podcast and have truly come to appreciate the host, guests and the thoughtful effort put into these episodes.
I do believe that this is progressive in the sense that this thinking is the path forward and a much needed alternative to the unsustainable state that exists today.
I’ve learnt much about actual anti-semitism vs fake claims and how dangerous it would be to expand that definition to create a veil for non-critical thinkers to hide behind.
Overall, this has been enlightening and absolutely changed my perspective, bringing it closer to reality.
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