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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)

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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)

    Implications & Impacts of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism on Palestinians

    Implications & Impacts of the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism on Palestinians

    Ft. Lara Friedman (FMEP), Ahmad Daraldik (FSU), Dima Khalidi (Palestine Legal) & Sherene Seikaly (UCSB)

    For more information, including speaker biographies and a list of resources shared during this conversation, please visit: https://fmep.org/resource/the-ihra-definition-the-fight-against-antisemitism-part-6-implications-and-impacts-of-the-ihra-definition-on-palestinians/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Israel/Palestine & the ICC -- Sawsan Zaher with Peter Beinart

    Israel/Palestine & the ICC -- Sawsan Zaher with Peter Beinart

    In this new episode of Occupied Thoughts, Peter Beinart interviews Sawsan Zaher, Deputy Director of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, about the recent decision by the International Criminal Court that opens the door for investigations into alleged war crimes perpetrated by “members of the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli authorities, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups.” Zaher, who has litigated multiple landmark cases before the Israeli Supreme Court on discrimination against Palestinians, offers a primer on Israel/Palestine and the ICC -- what the new decision means, who might face investigation and potential prosecution (with special attention to Benny Gantz and Gaza), and how the different states & leadership - including Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the U.S., and others - are responding and why.

    • 34 min
    Occupied Thoughts: Jerome Slater's "Mythologies Without End" with Peter Beinart

    Occupied Thoughts: Jerome Slater's "Mythologies Without End" with Peter Beinart

    In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, Peter Beinart interviews Jerome Slater about his new book, Mythologies Without End: The U.S., Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020. Beginning in the British Mandate, covering the Partition plan, and decades of war and dispossession, the conversation reaches the 21st century negotiations, dynamics, and opportunities.

    • 38 min
    Occupied Thoughts: Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes with Peter Beinart

    Occupied Thoughts: Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes with Peter Beinart

    Peter Beinart speaks to Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor from 2009-2017, about working on Israel, Palestine, and Iran in the Obama Administration. Rhodes draws insights from interactions with different lobby groups, presidential travel to Israel and a memorable meeting with young Palestinians in Ramallah, and talks about navigating the assumption by Israel advocates that Blackness translates into sympathy for Palestinians living under oppression. Beinart and Rhodes end the conversation with a discussion of the Biden administration and Democratic foreign policy advisors' approaches to the IHRA definition of antisemitism and Democrats' longstanding commitment to the concept of the two state solution. Ben Rhodes's new book, After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made, will be out in June 2021.

    • 44 min
    Occupied Thoughts: Thinking Big - James Zogby with Peter Beinart

    Occupied Thoughts: Thinking Big - James Zogby with Peter Beinart

    In the latest episode of "Occupied Thoughts," host Peter Beinart speaks with James Zogby about a regional approach to the conflicts, problems, and politics of the Middle East. Building on Zogby's recent article in The Nation, "Biden Should Think Big in the Middle East," the discussion addresses the interconnected conflicts throughout the Middle East - from the Gulf to Turkey, Yemen to Iran, and Israel/Palestine - and describes the need for and potential of a coordinated international approach.

    • 26 min
    Occupied Thoughts: Except for Palestine: Peter Beinart w/ Marc Lamont Hill & Peter Beinart

    Occupied Thoughts: Except for Palestine: Peter Beinart w/ Marc Lamont Hill & Peter Beinart

    In this episode of “Occupied Thoughts,” host Peter Beinart interviews Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick, co-authors of Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics. This wide-ranging discussion covers progressive politics on Palestine & Israel as they are today and as they might become if progressives engage more deeply and consistently with Palestine & Israel. Marc, Mitchell, and Peter talk about policy, history, and the different roles that racial, ethnic, and religious identities and communities play in progressive politics. This conversation is both timely and robust.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 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

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.

JSS1984 ,

Great interviews, very thoughtful

Peter Beinart is one of my favorite American writers on issues concerning Israel. I am so grateful to have run across this podcast. The interviewees are fascinating and Beinart’s and “Ira’s” questions help them to present a nuanced viewpoint. Keep making these!

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