In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Jeff Halper. I ask him about the dynamics of the occupation and conflict. He argues for liberal Zionists to reevaluate their positions, and we speak of possibilities for peace in the form of a singular bi-national state. His opinions do not reflect the views of Partners for Progressive Israel.
This is about Dr. Halper, from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions website:
Dr. Jeff Halper is the Co-founder and Director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He was born in 1946 in Minnesota and emigrated to Israel in 1973. Since then he has been a tireless advocate for justice and civil rights for all Israelis and Palestinians. He spent ten years as a community worker in Jerusalem aiding low-income Mizrahi families. He co-founded ICAHD in 1997 to help resist Israel’s strategy of house demolitions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He is the author of three books, “Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century”, “An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Possession, Redeeming Israel”, and “Obstacles to Peace: A Reframing of the Palestinian – Israeli Conflict”. In 2006 Dr. Halper was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing ICAHD’s work “to liberate both the Palestinian and the Israeli people from the yoke of structural violence” and “to build equality between their people by recognizing and celebrating their common humanity.”
The book Halper mentions is Mapping My Return by Salman Abu Sitta.