A Jew Asks Questions of Two Palestinians in a Time of War

In this short clip Mubarak Awad gets to the heart of the issue reminding us of our shared humanity.

Jonathan Kuttab reflects on the importance of hope in hard times.

They've got a great deal more to say.

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Here is the full video conversation with timestamps below.


In conversation with Mubarak Awad and Jonathan Kuttab.
(Photo - Mubarak in Bethlehem, 2005)
We offer this in-depth conversation at this time of crisis. We hope many will be inspired to watch the entire video, but we list timestamps below for those who would like to dive into a particular question.
2:00 - Mubarak intro
9:47 - Jonathan on his new book - Beyond The Two-State Solution
14:52 - Mubarak raises up NVI's impressive partners
19:40 - Jonathan on the power of narrative
22:58 - Mubarak reflects on how trauma impacts children for life
27:55 - Jonathan on the self-serving motivations of politicians
30:43 - Mubarak speaks about dehumanization in the name of religion
34:45 - Jonathan on two major organizations that have declared the occupation to be a form of apartheid
41:10 - Mubarak confronts Christian evangelicals role in the region
45:40 - Jonathan on the new definitions of anti-semitism being used to limit acceptable speech
50:08 - Mubarak speaks on equality, democracy, and hope
57:43 - Jonathan reflects on the ongoing pattern of evictions and what it meant to attack the Dome of the Rock
1:02:28 - Mubarak questions the so-called Abraham accords and the “deal of the century”
1:06:57 - Jonathan speaks to ways this moment is different than any other
1:13:31 - Mubarak questions the role of the United Nations
1:19:35 - Jonathan on the role of the United States

At several points in the video, we raise up the vital work of our partners in the region. They are doing visionary work in difficult circumstances and we hope you will be moved to support them. NVI's Partners

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To get a free copy of Jonathan Kuttab’s book Beyond The Two-State Solution, please visit:https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/beyond2states

To view our webinar where Jonathan is in conversation with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and takes questions, please visit:https://www.nonviolenceinternational.net/beyond_2_states_webinar

Here is the video we mention where Mubarak tells his powerful personal story.

We discuss two recent reports from respected human rights organizations. Here are the links: B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Human Rights Watch Report


Our hearts are breaking. And, still we celebrate those who are lighting candles of hope even as we must curse the darkness. At NVI, we know that we are not condemned to live in a state of perpetual violence. Let’s raise up a vision of a better future and a nonviolent path to get there. Below we list a variety of powerful resources shared with us by our partner the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. In these hard times, we hope you will take inspiration from the wonderful ongoing vital work of our partners. They deserve our active support.

Collected resources: Support Palestinian Resistance

Online Actions

Protests across the US

Connecting with Palestinian Partners and Hineinu Activists

Social Media - Follow These Accounts

Educational Infographics

Video Explainers

Podcast Recommendations

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 “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.  It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness...What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."  -- Howard Zinn

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