Podcast - Understanding Israel Palestine

The show is hosted by Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, a local group that has advocated for 20 years for a fair and even-handed U.S. foreign policy that recognizes the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis. Our program offers interviews with journalists, scholars, policy experts and activists to offer multiple perspectives, and to clarify the underlying issues that are often obscured by headline news.

First and Second Intifadas: the story has not yet ended

The word Intifada in Arabic means a shaking off. The First Intifada began in December 1987, thirty-five years ago, and lasted more than five years, ending in 1993 when its momentum was undercut by the Oslo negotiations. Massive grassroots organizing then distinguished it from the many previous attempts to shake...

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The Rise of the Right in Israel

Dov Waxman, professor of political science and the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies at UCLA, assesses the likely consequnces of the far-right coalition government taking shape following the November elections in Israel. Waxman discusses how and why the right has grown steadily in Israel over the...

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The Settlers and debate about Zionism

Voices From the Holy Land chose The Settlers for its November online film salon. A 60-minute online panel discussion about the film has been edited for this episode of UIP. Under the expert guidance of moderator Lara Friedman, filmmaker Shimon Dotan and Rabbi Yakov Shapiro, both scholars of Zionism, engage...

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Combatants For Peace Share Their Stories

Chen Alon and Osama Iliwat discuss how they came to join Combatants for Peace, a group that brings together combatants on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to work for peace. Alon was an Israeli soldier before he co-founded the group in 2005; Osama Iliwat was a Palestinian resistance fighter...

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Eve Spangler: Understanding Israel Going Forward

We explore three alternative resolutions to what we will term the “conflict” between Israelis and Palestinians. Which frameworks are being considered today to resolve this conflict that has lasted for 75 years since Israel declared itself a state?  What resolutions are considered feasible? What do Israelis want, what do Palestinians...

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“Israeli Forces Keep Killing Americans”

Alice Speri, a journalist for The Intercept, discusses her recent reporting on the U.S. government's failure to demand accountability for the death of its citizens at the hands of Israeli soldiers. In her article "No Path to Justice: Israeli Forces Keep Killing Americans while U.S. Officials  Give Them a Pass," she...

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