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Unsettled is a podcast about Israel-Palestine and the Jewish diaspora. We're here to provide a space for the difficult conversations and diverse viewpoints that are all too rare in institutional American Jewish communities.

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February 22nd, 2024


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'Ayeka': a new song from Aly Halpert

February 20th, 2024


For this episode of Unsettled, we’re doing something we’ve never done before: premiering a new song.

Aly Halpert makes music used in synagogues and Jewish song circles. If you listened to our last episode featuring Rabbi …

Rabbi Miriam Grossman: “We act and we do not wait for hope”

February 13th, 2024


Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war, grief and rage have brought thousands of people to the streets to demand a ceasefire. One of the many groups that have mobilized in the U.S. is Rabbis for Ceasefire. One of these …

An update from Isam Hamad

January 23rd, 2024


The last time we featured Isam Hamad on Unsettled was a few days after the October 7th attacks, when Israel had just begun its bombardment of the …

Talking to Our Families

December 12th, 2023


Just before Thanksgiving, we asked listeners to call in and tell us about how they’re navigating conversations with their families, friends, and communities in this moment—as Israel responds to the October 7th attacks …

Milena Ansari: “Detention without trial or charge”

November 30th, 2023


As of Thursday, November 30th, a temporary ceasefire is in place between Israel and Hamas. The truce allows for an exchange of hostages who have been held in Gaza by Hamas since October 7th for Palestinian prisoners …

Noam Shuster-Eliassi: “We are broken”

November 13th, 2023


It's hard to find anyone in Israel who isn't shaken to the core by the magnitude of Hamas' attack on October 7. For many in Israel, their pain and shock has translated into support for bombing Gaza. But despite public …

“The worst it’s ever been”: the South Hebron Hills after October 7

November 6th, 2023


It’s been a month since October 7, when Hamas fighters killed 1,400 Israelis and captured more than 200 hostages. It’s also been a month of Israel's retaliation: air raids and ground operations in the Gaza Strip that …

Shahd Safi: "We need electricity, we need fuel, we need flour, we need bread"

October 31st, 2023


On Friday, October 27th, Israel cut off internet in the Gaza Strip for 36-hours, as it expanded its ground operations. This total internet blackout left Gaza without the ability to communicate, both internally and with …

Arie Hasit: "Everybody has opened a situation room"

October 19th, 2023


Last week, Producer Ilana Levinson talked to Arie Hasit at his home in Israel, in the midst of a deadly war. Arie and his family, including two small kids, have been spending much of their time in bomb shelters. After …

Matt Duss: "This is not a moment where people are making good policy"

October 17th, 2023


The United States has always been Israel’s strongest ally, and President Biden has pledged his steadfast support for Israel since Hamas's surprise attack over the Gaza border on October 7. Many American supporters of …

Isam Hamad: "What sort of a life is this?"

October 16th, 2023


On Saturday, October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack across the Gaza border, killing more than 1,300 Israelis, mostly civilians, and taking at least 150 Israeli hostages, most of whom are still captive in the Gaza …

Tareq Baconi: "There's no going back"

October 13th, 2023


Over the next few days, Unsettled is going to bring you the voices of many different people who have been affected by this week's devastating …

A note from Unsettled producers

October 7th, 2023


Earlier today Hamas launched an attack on Israeli towns near the Gaza border, and has also been launching rockets towards Israeli population centers …

Groundwork: Three Bullets

July 20th, 2023


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Amjad Iraqi: The Myth of Israeli Democracy

March 31st, 2023


Israel is often called "the only Democracy in the Middle East,” with activists, politicians, and even journalists pointing to Israel's Supreme Court …

Escalation in the South Hebron Hills: Awdah Hathaleen

January 27th, 2023


Awdah Hathaleen lives in the village of Umm al-Khair, in the South Hebron Hills: a region of the West Bank where Israel has full civil and military …

Escalation in the South Hebron Hills: Musa Abdullah Ali Awad

January 23rd, 2023


Musa Abdullah Ali Awad lives in the village of Isfey al-Fauqa. Isfey is located in a part of the West Bank called Masafer Yatta, where Israel has …

Escalation in the South Hebron Hills: Ali Awad

January 17th, 2023


Masafer Yatta is in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel has total civil and military control. For decades, the Israeli military has claimed much of …

Producer Pick: Politicized Pain

December 8th, 2022


To commemorate five years of Unsettled, we’re closing out 2022 by diving into our archive. Each member of the team has picked a favorite past episode to republish. For this episode, producer Asaf Calderon shares …

Producer Pick: Amal Sumarin

December 6th, 2022


To commemorate five years of Unsettled, we’re closing out 2022 by diving into our archive. Each member of the team has picked a favorite past episode to republish. For this episode, producer Emily Bell shares a …

Producer Pick: The Great March

December 1st, 2022


To commemorate five years of Unsettled, we’re closing out 2022 by diving into our archive. Each member of the team has picked a favorite past episode to republish. For this episode, producer Ilana Levinson shares The …

Producer Pick: Dan Fishback & Motaz Malhees

November 29th, 2022


To commemorate five years of Unsettled, we’re closing out 2022 by diving into our archive. Each member of the team has picked a favorite past episode to republish. First up, producer Max Freedman shares his interview …

Be Back Soon

June 3rd, 2022


Unsettled is currently on a break from releasing new content, but we’ll be back on your feed in the Fall. While we’re gone, make sure to catch up on some of our latest episodes. This past Spring, we released a four-part …

Mona Mansour & Hadi Tabbal: The Vagrant Trilogy

May 13th, 2022


In 1967, a young Palestinian scholar is invited to London to lecture on his mastery of a William Wordsworth poem. But after he arrives, war breaks …

"Playgrounds for the military"

May 9th, 2022


Last week, the Israeli High Court of Justice issued an opinion that could lead to one of the largest population transfers in recent history. After a …

The Birthday Party, Pt. 4: The Spring

April 15th, 2022


Ein al-Beida is a fresh water spring that used to be the main source of water for several Palestinian villages — until Israeli settlers moved in and …

The Birthday Party, Pt. 3: Lilly

April 13th, 2022


Lilly is a young activist from North London who has been to the West Bank many times before — just never with other Jews. In this episode of “The Birthday Party,” Lilly talks about the teenage rebellion that first …

The Birthday Party, Pt. 2: Bob

April 12th, 2022


Bob first visited Israel in 1969, when he was on leave from his U.S. military service in Vietnam. He was raised in a Zionist home; he has relatives …

The Birthday Party, Pt. 1: Tariq

April 11th, 2022


In this special miniseries from Unsettled, producer Max Freedman spends nine days in the South Hebron Hills with Palestinians and Jews working together to oppose and obstruct the occupation. This trip, organized by the

The Campaign to Save Masafer Yatta

April 7th, 2022


On March 15, Israel’s High Court of Justice heard a case that could lead to one of the largest forced population transfers in recent history. For …

Maya Rosen & Daniel Roth: KKL-JNF

March 24th, 2022


Before there was a state of Israel, there was the Jewish National Fund. The JNF, or Keren Kayamet L’Yisrael in Hebrew, was founded in 1901 to buy land in Palestine for Jewish settlement. Today, most American Jews know …

Milena Ansari: Palestinian Prisoners’ Rights

February 25th, 2022


When Hisham Abu-Hawash ended his 141-day hunger strike last month, he had been imprisoned by Israel for more than a year without charges or a trial. He was just one of about 500 Palestinians held in “administrative …

Mahmoud Muna: Educational Bookshop

February 9th, 2022


Mahmoud Muna is part of the family that runs the Educational Bookshop: the only English language bookstore in East Jerusalem. The current iteration of the Bookshop was opened in the 1980s by Mahmoud’s father, Ahmed. …

The Calderons are unsettled (part 2)

January 20th, 2022


Unsettled producer Asaf Calderon grew up in Israel in a household of “smolanim”: leftists. His parents raised him to think critically and to fight …

The Calderons are unsettled (part 1)

January 20th, 2022


Unsettled producer Asaf Calderon grew up in Israel in a household of “smolanim”: leftists. His parents raised him to think critically and to fight …

Earworms for the Movement

December 23rd, 2021


This summer, New York City’s Astor Place hosted a bat mitzvah ceremony unlike any other: the Anti-Zionist Bat Mitzvah, an all-day musical extravaganza created by Morgan Bassichis and Ira Khonen Temple. The event started …

Why Israel is calling Palestinian rights groups 'terrorists'

December 7th, 2021


In October, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz declared six Palestinian civil society organizations “terror groups." These groups work in issue …

Naomi Shihab Nye: Poetry as Refuge

October 12th, 2021


"Grief is something that, alas, as human beings we're just going to keep experiencing over and over and over again in all of its many manifestations. And I think poetry can help us know that we're not alone in …

Marwa Fatafta: Digital Rights

August 24th, 2021


In the spring, the prominent twin activists  Muna and Mohammed al-Kurd were regularly speaking out about an Israeli settler takeover of their home in …

Introducing Groundwork

August 9th, 2021


Groundwork is a new podcast about Palestinians and Jews refusing to accept the status quo and working together for change. When war broke out between Israel and Gaza this past May, some of the worst inter-ethnic …

Jonathan Brenneman and Aidan Orly: Christian Zionism

July 27th, 2021


As international attention turned to Israel-Palestine this May, Jonathan Brenneman and Aidan Orly co-authored an op-ed for Truthout titled …

Kathleen Peratis: Visiting Gaza

July 12th, 2021


The Gaza strip has been under Israeli siege for 14 years, with cycles of violence happening over and over again. In the latest round of fighting, at …

Update from the South Hebron Hills

May 27th, 2021


The recent escalation of violence in Israel-Palestine seemed to be happening everywhere, all at once. But one place that’s been getting less public …

Amjad Iraqi: Palestinians Rising

May 24th, 2021


Over the last two weeks, even in the face of state and mob violence, Palestinians have been organizing mass demonstrations on both sides of the Green …

Politicized Pain

May 21st, 2021


When violence erupts in Israel-Palestine, talking in public about Palestinian suffering is often met automatically with an assertion of Israeli …

Shaul Magid: The Life and Afterlife of Meir Kahane

May 19th, 2021


Meir Kahane is one of the most polarizing figures in modern Jewish history. His Jewish Defense League was labeled a terrorist group by the FBI. His …

Leena Dallasheh: "East Jerusalem is under attack"

May 18th, 2021


The imminent displacement of several Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah set off a chain of events that led to …

Tareq Baconi: Hamas, Explained

May 17th, 2021


Since last week, nearly two hundred Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Israel's defenders say the state is simply defending itself against rocket fire from Hamas; loss of life is tragic, but …

Rasha Budeiri: Sheikh Jarrah

May 14th, 2021


There’s a lot going on right now in Israel-Palestine. Right-wing Jewish Israeli mobs are attacking Palestinians in cities like Lod and Haifa. Israel is bombing Gaza. Hamas is firing rockets into Israel. Just last week, …

Sam Bahour: Confederation

May 3rd, 2021


When it comes to peace in Israel-Palestine, the two-state solution has been the party line for much of the international community for a long time. …

Will this Palestinian matriarch get to keep her Jerusalem home?

April 12th, 2021


For the past year, as the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, home has become an especially important source of shelter and safety. While some governments have responded to pressure from activists and paused …

Anan Maalouf: The Joint List

March 8th, 2021


Israel is about to hold its fourth parliamentary election in the past two years. The last time Israelis went to the polls, in March 2020, the Joint …

Liat Berdugo: The Weaponized Camera

February 22nd, 2021


“So it becomes this dance of cameras where the whole goal of the Palestinian camera is to document a human rights violation, to take back some kind …

Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick: The Limits of Progressive Politics

February 8th, 2021


In recent years, a term has emerged in leftist activist circles: “progressive except for Palestine,” or “PEP” for short. It describes a person whose …

Lara Friedman: What will Biden do?

January 25th, 2021


President Joe Biden campaigned on the idea that he'd bring the country back to “normal.” But that message has raised some eyebrows, as many have pointed out that America’s “normal” doesn’t necessarily mean good, or …

Samiha Hureini: Youth of Sumud

January 11th, 2021


Samiha Hureini is a university student from the village of a-Tuwani, in the South Hebron Hills. She is one of the founders of Youth of Sumud, a group of young people who came together to defend their community in the …

Joshua Leifer: The Tragedy of Jeremy Corbyn

December 28th, 2020


"Five years ago, Jeremy Corbyn brought Palestine solidarity politics into the heart of the largest left-wing party in Europe. And [his leadership …

Noura Erakat

November 19th, 2020


When we first pitched our documentary "The shepherd and the settler" to be part of the "Rulebreakers" series on the BBC World Service, we started …

Amiel Vardi

October 29th, 2020


Amiel Vardi is a professor of Classics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and one of the founders of a grassroots movement called Ta'ayush: Israelis and Palestinians striving together to end the Israeli occupation …

Aviv Tatarsky

October 22nd, 2020


We're back with another extended interview from "The shepherd and the settler," produced by the Unsettled team for the BBC World Service.

Aviv Tatarsky is a researcher for Ir Amim and one of the founders of Engaged …

Muhammad Jahaleen

October 15th, 2020


This is the first in a series of extended interviews from "The shepherd and the settler," produced by the Unsettled team for the BBC World Service.

The shepherd and the settler

September 23rd, 2020


Unsettled producer Max Freedman spends the day in Rashash, a small herding community in the West Bank, with a Bedouin shepherd named Muhammad.

Muhammad's family has been herding sheep and goats in Rashash for 30 years, …

Introducing School Colors

September 27th, 2019


Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn is one of the most iconic historically Black neighborhoods in the United States. But Bed-Stuy is changing. Fifty years …

Energy (Gaza, ep. 4)

April 1st, 2019


Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip shapes people’s lives in many different ways. In this episode, we focus on the chronic energy shortage. Because energy is needed for much more than turning on the lights; water, …

Hamas (Gaza, ep. 3)

February 25th, 2019


Too many conversations about Gaza begin and end with one word: Hamas. And conversations about Hamas too often rely on reductive talking points.

In this episode, producer Max Freedman speaks with Tareq Baconi, author of …

Refugees (Gaza, ep. 2)

February 4th, 2019


Hilmi Hammad was 18 years old in 1948 when Israeli forces entered his village. He became one of about 200,000 Palestinian refugees who ended up in …

The Great March (Gaza, ep. 1)

January 14th, 2019


American and Israeli politicians, religious leaders, and dignitaries met in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 to mark the United States moving its embassy …

Trailer: Gaza, a series from Unsettled

December 20th, 2018


In January, Unsettled is launching a series about the Gaza Strip. As Gaza has kept coming up in the news this past year, you’ve probably had questions - and so have we.

Why did thousands of people risk so much to take …

Ita Segev

October 15th, 2018


> I feel like in some ways, for the first time in my life, I’m standing on my own two feet. Because I know the truth about where I’m from.

A few …

The Nation-State Law (with Amjad Iraqi)

July 24th, 2018

“The Nation-State Law is actually affirming a lot of the practices that were in place for decades. In many ways, it’s nothing particularly new, …

Child Detention

June 13th, 2018

“If every time a child does something we detain them, we destroy their future, we make them basically dreamless young men. This is how Palestinian children who go through the system become.” — Yazan Meqbil

On …

Nakba Day (with Ahmed Mansour)

May 14th, 2018

“For the last three weeks, my Nakba was losing my best friends, covering the march with their press-marked vest. Every week, every day I have like personal Nakba, and this is the case with every Palestinian. With …

African Refugees in Israel

February 16th, 2018

“Israel is now turning 70, and for 70 years we’ve brought in millions of Jewish refugees from all over the world. And now, for the first time in 2000 years that we have some kind of Jewish sovereignty and we have a …

Episode 6 Preview (plus Campaign Update)

February 6th, 2018


With your help, from online donations and our fundraising party, we made $3,233: more than a thousand dollars more than our goal! We’re humbled by …

Listener Stories: Arielle Rivera Korman

January 29th, 2018


Exciting news: if you’re in the New York City area, Unsettled is throwing a party -- this weekend! You can help support the podcast, and meet other Unsettled listeners, by joining us for #GetUnsettled this Saturday, …

Listener Stories: Rivka M.

January 22nd, 2018


We are so thankful and excited to announce that over the past two weeks, we have made it just over halfway to our fundraising goal! No matter the …

Listener Stories: Toby Irving

January 16th, 2018


We're back with another listener story, part of our January fundraising campaign to support the future of Unsettled.

In just the first week, we've …

Listener Stories: Becca Litt

January 8th, 2018


We're launching our first-ever fundraising campaign for Unsettled!

Donate now to help us raise $2018 in the first month of 2018. These funds will support our operations and growth, including: keeping our website …

Bonus: Dan Fishback

December 29th, 2017

“I believe in the liberation of the people of Palestine, and I believe in the liberation of the Jewish people. And those things are not just not mutually exclusive, they require each other.” — Dan Fishback

Jerusalem: Leena Dallasheh

December 22nd, 2017

“So if you want to really learn what Jerusalem is and what happens here, come here and go to both sides. Come here and talk to Palestinians.” — Leena Dallasheh

This is the sixth installment of a special …

Jerusalem: Rabbi Steven Wernick

December 14th, 2017

“When nobody’s happy, you know you did the right thing. Especially if you’re a centrist.” — Rabbi Steven Wernick

This is the fifth installment of a special miniseries responding to the U.S. President's …

Jerusalem: Dov Waxman

December 11th, 2017

“I think most American Jews are probably not aware of the simple fact that when they think of visiting the Western Wall, for example, they think of entering the Old City, they’re actually entering what is …

Jerusalem: #StopTheMove

December 10th, 2017

“I am a proud American Jew. I’ve been part of this community my entire life. I went to Jewish day schools for 13 years. I cannot stand what the …

Jerusalem: Rani Al-Hindi

December 8th, 2017

“Today, it’s a new event. Part of the same pattern. But we will still resist, as we have always resisted. And this declaration means nothing to us, just as all the other declarations and all the other events meant …

Jerusalem: Shira Robinson

December 7th, 2017

“What is new is that Trump is putting people on notice...that he’s happy to flout international conventions, and he is no longer concerned with …

Cultural Resistance

December 4th, 2017

“Culture is the only human practice that can actually dig into the root of a trauma and try to undo it in the first place. And this is why …

Sulaiman Khatib

November 6th, 2017


Sulaiman Khatib is a co-founder and the current Managing Director of Combatants for Peace,  a joint Israeli-Palestinian nonviolent movement to end …

Sarah Brammer-Shlay

October 9th, 2017


Sarah Brammer-Shlay is a first-year rabbinical student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and a founding member of IfNotNow

Rachel Roberts

September 8th, 2017


Rachel Roberts is a DC-based attorney who has been a Jewish activist for Palestinian rights since 2003. She recently worked with the Education Team …

The Story of Sumud

August 4th, 2017


For our first episode, we interviewed three American Jewish activists who recently traveled to the South Hebron Hills to help build the Sumud Freedom Camp. Established by a coalition of Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews …


June 28th, 2017



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