Groundwork: The Podcast

NEW SEASON COMING SPRING 2023

In our new season we tell stories of people on the front lines. There were recent bombings in Jerusalem. Deadly violence in the West Bank spiked in 2022. Everyone is asking what might happen next. And we’ll be be honest, sometimes we feel hopeless. But that’s not the whole story. Long-time activists are gearing up for a new level of action. 

Groundwork is a partnership project of Alliance for Middle East Peace and New Israel Fund.

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LATEST EPISODES

Groundwork Season 2 Trailer

In our new season we tell stories of people on the front lines. Israel is about to have its most extreme-right wing government in the country’s history. Religious Zionism- Otzma Yehudit – now the country’s third largest party – calls for full annexation of the West Bank. There were recent bombings in Jerusalem. Deadly violence in the West Bank spiked in 2022. Everyone is asking what might happen next. And we’ll be be honest, sometimes we feel hopeless. But that’s not the whole story. Long-time activists are gearing up for a new level of action. 

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Episode 3: Haifa

The final episode on mixed cities is about Haifa. This port city is Israel’s third-largest city and likes to bill itself – though not without critique – as a place of more successful integration among its Jewish and Palestinian residents than in other parts of the country. During the war in May, there were clashes between the police and Palestinian protesters, alongside arson attacks, and attacks on stores. Many stood up to protest the violence, including longtime Haifa residents and activists, Jafar Farah and Merav Ben-Nun. Jafar is a civil rights campaigner who founded and directs Mossawa, a Haifa-based organization that promotes equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel. Merav is an expert in peace education and a founder of the bi-lingual Arabic and Hebrew Hand-in-Hand School in Haifa and a civil rights activist.

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Episode 2: Lod

The second episode on mixed cities is about Lod, also known as Lud or Lydd. It’s a working class city about 20 minutes from Tel Aviv, located close to Ben Gurion airport – Israel’s main international airport. In May, as war broke out between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Lod became the epicenter of the worst inter-ethnic fighting between Israel’s own citizens since 1948. There were shootings in the streets, neighbors attacking one another, lynching, cars and homes burned. A state of emergency was declared. Two men were killed, one Jewish, the other a Palestinian citizen of Israel. Listen in for a conversation with Rula Daood of Standing Together and Dror Rubin, a community organizer. Both activists in the city see the violence as a wake-up call to change Lod.

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