“Occupied Thoughts” w/ Peter Beinart, Rebecca Vilkomerson & Omar Baddar


In this special live broadcast of FMEP’s podcast “Occupied Thoughts,” Peter Beinart is joined by Omar Baddar (Arab American Institute) and Rebecca Vilkomerson (Jewish Voice for Peace) to discuss the issues – both in the U.S. and in Israel – that are challenging liberal democratic values, and how Americans might organize around them. They cover issues including: rising nationalism and illiberalism, family separation, efforts to squash free speech, and more.


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.

Omar Baddar is the Deputy Director of the Arab American Institute. Omar is a political analyst, digital producer, and human rights advocate. Prior to joining AAI, Omar was a Digital Producer and Presenter with Al Jazeera International’s The Stream, the Executive Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Massachusetts, and the the Director of the Palestine Cultural Center for Peace.

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, a leading national organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just peace for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 supporters around the country and over 70 chapters. Vilkomerson was named one of the 50 most influential Jews 2017 by the Jerusalem Post.