Understanding Israel Palestine

Citizens for Justice in the Middle East provided our inspiration for this show. For twenty years CJME has advocated for a fair and even-handed U.S. foreign policy.  CJME believes an even-handed policy should recognize the rights of both Palestinians and Israelis.  An even-handed policy should work for a political solution promoting those rights.  Thus, CJME’s mission has been to educate people about the injustices created by the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories.

This show extends that mission. For anyone confused about the current impasse, we offer historical information that helps explain it.  For anyone who has been hearing only a one-sided narrative that lacks balance and context, we offer a balanced narrative.

Accordingly, we broadcast interviews with journalists, scholars, policy experts and activists who provide perspectives from both sides.  In contrast to headline news that focus on the what but not the why, our programs clarify underlying issues.  The programs reveal the counter-productive role the United States has played over the years in supporting one side over the other.

Public debate about the oppression of Palestinians continues to be stifled. For this reason, we offer these programs as a resource for those seeking truthful, uncensored information about relations between Israel, Palestine and the United States.  Furthermore, we hope these programs get people to listen, learn, and do their own research into what is and has been taking place in Israel Palestine.

Upcoming Episodes

December 10, 2021 Local, News & Public Affairs, Podcast

Understanding Israel Palestine: Beyond the Walls — “Psychoanalysis Under Occupation; Practicing Resistance in Palestine” with Lara & Stephen Sheehi (Part 2 — 12-10-21)

Understanding Israel Palestine: Beyond the Walls — "Psychoanalysis Under Occupation; Practicing Resistance in Palestine" with Lara & Stephen Sheehi (Part 2 -- 12-10-21)

For this week's program, we listen to the second part of producer Jeremy Rothe-Kushel's interview with Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi, co-authors of the recently published and groundbreaking book "Psychoanalysis Under Occupation; Practicing Resistance in Palestine," about how the consciousness of Palestinian psyches by those with Palestinian psyches creates space for a psychotherapeutic commons in liberated Palestine.

Lara Sheehi (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University Professional Psychology program. Lara is the secretary and president-elect of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology and is the chair of the Teachers’ Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is co-editor of Studies in Gender & Sexuality and of Counterspace in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. Lara is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride.
Stephen Sheehi (he/him) is the Sultan Qaboos Professor of Middle East Studies and Director of the Decolonizing Humanities Project at William & Mary, where he is also Professor of Arabic Studies in the Asian and Middle East Studies Program, Arabic Program, and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies Program. He is the author of a number of books including Camera Palaestina: Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine (with Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar), Arab Imago: A Social History of Portrait Photography, 1860–1910, and Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims and Foundations of Modern Arab Identity. 


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