Racism and Police Violence in the US today: A View of an Investigative Reporter
What is it like to be an investigative journalist, specializing in law enforcement and policing, in today’s America? In this podcast, INSS research associate Adi Kantor interviews Simone Weichselbaum, an American journalist who for 17 years has covered issues relating to the US criminal justice system and local policing. Together they discuss the current challenges in covering these topics in the Unites States, in the midst of worldwide mass demonstrations and riots, particularly after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 at the hands of a white policeman in the streets of Minneapolis. The questions examined include: What can be said about racial profiling by the US police today? How widespread is this phenomenon? How much are minorities truly protected? What exactly is “excessive use of force,” and how is it implemented by the police? What are the origins of this very troubling behavior, and what reforms are taken today by the US police in order to prevent it?
Annexation of the West Bank: A Step Forward or a Purposeless Move?
INSS Managing Director Udi Dekel, joined by INSS senior researchers Pnina Sharvit Baruch and former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, speaks about the application of Israeli sovereignty to the West Bank, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated is planned for the coming month. What would the map of Israel look like after this move? What would be the legal status of the Jewish population and the Palestinian population in the annexed area? Would this move ignite the region? What is the expected reaction in the international arena? Will US President Donald Trump accept any Israeli decision on the matter? What will be US policy if Joe Biden enters the White House in January 2021?
Updated Strategic Assessment for Israel for 2020 and Recommendations for the New Government
INSS Deputy Director Itai Brun hosts a special podcast following the update of the Institute’s strategic assessment for 2020, in the wake of both the coronavirus pandemic and the establishment of Israel’s new government after more than a year of political deadlock. INSS Managing Director Udi Dekel, together with INSS researchers Sima Shine, Assaf Orion, Orna Mizrahi, Meir Elran, Sarah Feuer, and Carmit Valensi provide a comprehensive review on the international system and the Middle East, which have been rocked by the virus, and will offer their recommendations to the new government.
The Coronavirus and the US Jewish Community: Setbacks, Strategies, and the Silver Lining
INSS Research Fellow Dr. Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and Mr. Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, speak about the coronavirus and the Jewish community in the United States. Has the Jewish community been uniquely affected? What is Israel’s role toward the Jewish community in light of the crisis, and what opportunities lie ahead?
Echoes of the Past, Dangers of the Present: Holocaust Memory, Education and Populism in Europe Today
On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, INSS research associate Adi Kantor interviews Mr. Martin Schellenberg, head of the Education Department of the Memorial and Museum of Sachsenhausen in Germany, and Dr. Petra Bárd, Associate Professor at the Department of Criminology in Eötvös Loránd University Budapest, on today’s challenges to the formation of Holocaust memory in their countries. Each guest will provide an inside look at current national narratives affecting political and Holocaust education today, with the rise of populism, antisemitism and the far right in his/her country. What is “political education” and “Holocaust education” today? What does it mean to “work with the past without witnesses”? Why are historical revisionism, secondary antisemitism, and denial and distortion of the past on the rise? An inside look from Germany and Hungary will be the main issue discussed in this special podcast.
Corona’s Regional Impact and Implications for Israel
As corona continues to dominate the headlines in Israel, INSS Deputy Director for Research Brig. Gen (ret.) Itai Brun talks with Dr. Sarah Feuer about the impact of the pandemic across the Middle East and the implications for Israel. How are individual states across the region coping with the outbreak? What regional trends are emerging as a result of the virus? And what potential scenarios could Israel encounter as corona leaves its mark on the Middle East?
The Corona Crisis: A Look from Germany
INSS research associate Adi Kantor and Dr. Henning Lahmann, senior researcher at the Digital Society Institute at the ESMT Berlin, analyze how Germany, the leading member of the European Union, is coping with the current coronavirus crisis. How has the pandemic affected Germany’s economy and health system? How is Germany balancing the need to maintain public health while protecting individual rights to privacy, freedom of speech, and movement? How can one explain the relatively low mortality rate in Germany? What will the social and political implications of the crisis be – are anti-migrant and extreme political views in the German discourse expected to rise? These and related issues are addressed here.
Political instability in the time of Coronavirus: dealing with the pandemic in Israel
INSS Research Fellow Dr. Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and INSS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Yehuda Ben Meir discuss the coronavirus and Israel: What is the strategy that has guided Israel in dealing with the pandemic, and how does it play into the political system’s instability at this time? Has Israel’s democracy been affected? And finally, in an attempt to look for the silver lining: three positive elements that have emerged from the current difficult situation.
The 2020 Elections in Israel – Where Do We Go from Here?
One day after Israelis went to the polls in Knesset elections for the third time in one year, INSS senior research fellows Dr. Yehuda Ben Meir (formerly deputy Foreign Minister) and Amb. Dr. Oded Eran analyze the results of the elections. What are the chances that Israel will go to the polls for a fourth time to form a new government? Will the Supreme Court rule against a Prime Minister serving if he has been indicted on charges of bribery? Will Netanyahu try to pass the so-called “French law” to secure his immunity? What are the chances that a new coalition will approve the annexation of West Bank territory, and how might the US presidential campaign influence this process?
Third Elections in Israel: Will the Deadlock Continue?
Two weeks before Israelis are going to the polls for the third time in a year, Attila Somfalvi, a visiting fellow at INSS, spoke to Yehuda Ben Meir, a senior research fellow and the former Israeli foreign minister deputy. Will the severe crisis in the political system come to an end? Does the “Deal of the Century” influence the voters and can Benjamin Netanyahu still present himself as “Mr. Security?”
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