Occupied Thoughts: HUMAN RIGHTS & INTERNATIONAL LAW w/ Peter Beinart & Michael Sfard


“If I was in charge of going to court to prove that the state of Israel’s true intention with its settlement enterprise is to grab as much land in the West Bank as possible – it would be one of the easiest cases I have ever litigated.” – Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard.

In the second episode of the Foundation for Middle East Peace’s podcast, “Occupied Thoughts: Israel, Palestine & Peace,” Peter Beinart and Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard discuss how Israel is abusing the international laws that govern belligerent occupations with its conduct in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Beinart & Sfard discuss what they see as the “crisis of Zionism” and the podcast ends with Sfard explaining why he believes that the occupation will end.

Michael Sfard’s new book, “The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights” is available for purchase on Amazon.

Peter Beinart is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace. He is also Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, a Contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a Senior Columnist at The Forward, and a CNN Political Commentator. You can follow Peter on Twitter @PeterBeinart.

Michael Sfard is one of Israel’s leading human rights lawyers. A former conscientious objector, he received the Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award and an Open Society Fellowship. His writing on human rights has appeared in The New York Times, Haaretz, The Independent, and Foreign Policy. He lives in Tel Aviv. @sfardm