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An Interview With Miko Peled: The State Of Israel From An Israeli Perspective

In todays video, I spoke with Miko Peled about Israel, his background coming from Israel and a family actively involved in Israel's founding and growth. We discussed the Israeli state, the treatment of Palestinians, the myths about Israel and his experiences growing up there.

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Bio - Peled’s maternal grandfather, Avraham Katznelson was a signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled was a general in the Israeli army and pioneered an Israeli-Palestinian dialogue in the 1970’s which led him to meeting Yasser Arafat in an effort to convene him to recognize the State of Israel and adopt the Two State Solution. In 1997, Miko’s sister lost her daughter, Smadar, in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. This tragedy is what finally drove Miko to embark on his journey to discover Palestine.

Miko Peled is an author, writer, speaker, and human rights activist living in the United States. He is considered by many to be one of the clearest voices calling for justice in Palestine, support of the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and the creation of a single democracy with equal rights in all of historic Palestine. Educated in Jerusalem, Japan and the United States, Peled is also an accomplished professional martial artist. For 23 years, Peled ran a martial arts school that was dedicated to teaching leadership skills and non-violent conflict resolution through martial arts.

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Mikos' Books


The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine by Miko Peled

Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five by Miko Peled

Palestine a four thousand year history by Nur Masalha

Time of White Horses by Ibrahim Nasrallah

The Lanterns of the King of Galilee: A Novel of 18th-Century Palestine by Ibrahim Nasrallah


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Israeli sniper appears to shoot unarmed Palestinian man in Gaza Guardian News

Show Notes

6 Day War


Israeli From Prominent Founding Family Calls For An End To Zionism | A Conversation With Miko Peled Kim Iversen

Killings and massacres during the 1948 Palestine war

What to Know About the Arab Citizens of Israel WRITTEN BY Kali Robinson March 9, 2023 CFR

The allocation of water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights* Page 7

David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a 'prison camp' This article is more than 13 years old Prime minister intervenes in Middle East dispute and hopes Turkey can stop Iran's nuclear weapons programme Nicholas Watt in Ankara and Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem Tue 27 Jul 2010 The Guardian

Hansard, the House of Commons' 28 June 2010 Col 583 "Everybody knows that we are not going to sort out the problem of the Middle East peace process while there is, effectively, a giant open prison in Gaza."

Liz Truss says pledges support for Israel, says she is a 'huge zionist' Truss said the UK and its allies will ensure Iran will 'never' obtain a nuclear weapon By Anders Hagstrom Fox News Published October 3, 2022

Keir Starmer interview: I will work to eradicate antisemitism ‘from day one’ Speaking exclusively to Jewish News, the Labour leadership frontrunner opens up about his Jewish family and plans to visit Israel for the first time with his kids By JACK MENDEL February 14, 2020 Jewish News

Israel: Military Alliances Show full question Question for Ministry of Defence UIN 193414, tabled on 11 July 2023

HOW THE UK MILITARY SUPPORTS ISRAEL’S COMBAT OPERATIONS AGAINST PALESTINIANS As violence escalates in Israel and Palestine, we take readers through the expanding military relationship between the UK and Israel, which has been erased by the British media. The deepening alliance involves UK military training of Israel for combat, joint exercises, arms deals, as well as intelligence cooperation. MARK CURTIS 15 MAY 2021 Declassified UK

Israel bombs Gaza following Jenin assault Jets strike Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip after rockets are fired towards southern Israel following Israeli offensive in Jenin. A person wears a gas mask during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces amid an Israeli military operation, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank A person wears a gas mask amid an Israeli military operation, in Jenin, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank [Raneen Sawafta/Reuters] Published On 5 Jul 2023 5 Jul 2023 AlJazeera

15 years of blockade and health in Gaza (July 2022) Format News and Press Release Sources Health Cluster WHO Posted 9 Oct 2022

Gaza children face acute water and sanitation crisis Water and power shortages put children's health at risk By Abeer Abu Shawish and Catherine Weibel GAZA, State of Palestine, 1 September 2017

Abu Akleh shooting: fatal shot came from Israeli forces, says OHCHR Veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh spent a quarter century covering life under Israeli military rule. Al Jazeera Veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh spent a quarter century covering life under Israeli military rule. 24 June 2022 Human Rights

Amendment to clarify equality in Nation-State Law rejected Yesh Atid - Telem brought bill to insert clause guaranteeing equality to all citizens in controversial nation state law, which Gantz, Blue and White vowed to change during election campaigns. By JEREMY SHARON JULY 29, 2020 The Jersuselm Post

9263RD MEETING (AM) SC/15203 20 FEBRUARY 2023 Security Council Expresses ‘Concern’, ‘Dismay’ over Israeli Settlement Expansions, Adopting First Presidential Statement on Question of Palestine in Years UN

Israel ramps up demolition of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem World Feb 8, 2023 PBS

Begin–Prawer Plan

Mike Pompeo tells Jewish leaders he would 'push back' against Corbyn This article is more than 4 years old US secretary of state made comments in recording leaked to Washington Post Rowena Mason and Heather Stewart Sun 9 Jun 2019


Haaretz Exclusive | 2,279 Calories per Person: How Israel Made Sure Gaza Didn't Starve State forced to release 'red lines' document for food consumption in the coastal Strip following legal battle; official: state has right to determine who it assists. Amira Hass Follow Oct 17, 2012

Syria says Israeli jets strike Aleppo airport, shutting it down State media says Israel Air Force struck from Mediterranean Sea, inflicting damage to site; no immediate reports of injuries By EMANUEL FABIAN and TOI STAFF 7 March 2023 The Times of Israel

Israeli missile strikes put Damascus airport out of service By ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE January 2, 2023 AP

Reports: Israeli airstrikes in Syria target pro-Iran weapons facilities, kill 6 Pro-opposition group says Israel hit central province of Hama; IAF jets reportedly fly over Beirut shortly before attack By AGENCIES and TOI STAFF 25 December 2020

SEPTEMBER 12, 2002 Israeli Perspective on Conflict with Iraq

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