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New Israel Fund's Daniel Sokatch on understanding the Jewish state

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Daniel Sokatch is a San Francisco-based author, peace activist and CEO of the non-profit New Israel Fund. (photo courtesy NIF)

As Ukraine continues its war with Russian invaders, tensions in the Middle East are once again on the rise. Eleven people have been killed in terror attacks in Israel and the West Bank during the past week-and-a-half. Several others were severely injured.

Today on Midday, a conversation with a Jewish progressive advocate for peace in the Middle East.

Tom's guest is Daniel Sokatch. He’s the CEO of the New Israel Fund, an organization which advocates for equality in Israel for all citizens, recognizing and reinforcing pluralism and a tolerance for diversity and protecting the access of minorities to democratic channels and human rights. That is, to say the least, a tall order.

Mr. Sokatch has written a book that attempts to rise to that challenge, examining in an even-handed way the situation in Israel and the occupied territories, the complicated history of the region, and possible solutions to what has been an unsolvable problem for generations.

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Published by Bloomsbury USA.

It’s called Can We Talk About Israel?  A Guide for the Curious, Confused and Conflicted. 

Daniel Sokatch joins Tom on Zoom today from San Francisco…

Daniel Sokatch and Tom Hall will continue their conversation about the book and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an event at Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore a week from Sunday, on April 10th at 4:00pm.

For more information and to register for the free event, click here.

And Ramadan Mubarak to all of our Muslim listeners. We wish you a peaceful and healthy Ramadan, as this evening marks the beginning of Islam's holiest month.

Host, Midday (M-F 12:00-1:00)
Malarie is Midday's Supervisory Producer.
Rob is Midday's senior producer.