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A Palestinian Peace Advocate Talks Zionism

In these seven Defining Zionism clips, Bassem Eid — a Jerusalem-based Palestinian peace advocate, political analyst and human rights pioneer who spent decades in a refugee camp — says Palestinians are being failed by the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and talks about how and why we need to move beyond BDS and refugee camps — and how Americans can help.

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Join Bassem Eid as he discusses the following topics:


ZIonism: A Bad Word? | Defining Zionism: LA
Meet Bassem Eid, Palestinian Peace Advocate

The Palestinian peace advocate talks about his decades in the Shaufat refugee camp, and why he left B’Tselem to found an organization that documents human rights abuses against Palestinians by the Palestinian Authority.

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What We Need Now: The Art of Engagement | Defining Zionism: LA
Calling Out Corruption at the UN Relief & Works Agency

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was set up to deal with Palestinian refugees. Eid calls today’s UNRWA corrupt, holding Palestinians hostage in refugee camps rather than solving the situation, with a cost of $1.6 billion dollars per year.

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Dialogue: Are Prerequisites Essential? | Defining Zionism: LA
Misconceptions of Zionism: A Palestinian Take

For Eid, Zionism isn’t a bad word. Instead, it’s a set of principles that originated in the Torah and show up in the Koran.

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Self-Identification vs. Detachment | Defining Zionism: LA
How BDS Fails Palestinians

Eid says he feels the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more on American campuses than he does in Jerusalem or Ramallah. He feels that the pro-BDS students are misinformed, and stresses that Israel’s economy is based on things that are almost impossible to boycott.

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BDS in Rabbinical School: Now What? | Defining Zionism: LA
Stop the Hate: The ABCs of Anti-Israel Curricula

Some 65% of Gazans live in refugee camps, where UNRWA-run schools teach hatred and incitement against Israel and Zionism while being funded by the international community, including the US. It’s time to change the curriculum and increase transparency.


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Geopolitics: Addressing Complexity | Defining Zionism: LA
Finding a Model for Diversity at Hadassah

Eid tells the story of his father, who worked at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem for 40 years. Eid sees Hadassah hospital as a model for diversity in Israel, and believes it’s the perfect place for peace to take root.


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Geopolitics: Addressing Complexity | Defining Zionism: LA
Toolkit for American Zionists & Peace Advocates

When it comes to the Mideast, Americans need to be more balanced. The US can help bring the two sides to the table, says Eid, but it is naive to think a US administration will be able to solve the conflict.


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