Occupied Thoughts: The Shrinking Space for Criticism in Israel w/ Peter Beinart & Omar Shakir


In this edition of FMEP’s podcast series “Occupied Thoughts,” Peter Beinart is joined by Omar Shakir, the Director of the Israel and Palestine program at Human Rights Watch. Shakir is facing possible deportation from Israel/Palestine at the request of the Israeli government because of his past history supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as a college student. The case against Omar is one part of the Israeli government’s tightening squeeze on human rights workers and organizations that are critical of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and treatment of Palestinians living there. Listen to Beinart and Shakir discuss the current climate for human rights in Israel, and the future of Israel’s occupation.

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Omar Shakir (@OmarSShakir), Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, investigates human rights abuses in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Prior to his current role, he was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. A former Fulbright Scholar in Syria, Omar holds a JD from Stanford Law School, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and a BA in International Relations from Stanford.

Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart)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.