The History and Ethics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict with Benny Morris

Conversations with Coleman | 10 February 2023 | 1h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benny Morris backgrounding basic historical facts behind the Israel-Palestine conflict and discussing the ethics and the current politics of the conflict. Is Israel an apartheid state that’s oppressing a minority out of pure bigotry? Is it a colonialist, expansionist state motivated by religious belief? Or is it an embattled and legitimate nation-state surrounded by enemies that wants only to survive? Benny Morris has a unique vantage point on this issue. On the one hand, he is an Israeli Jew, and in recent years, he has become a major defender of Israel against global condemnation. On the other hand, he’s probably done more than almost anyone you could name, to discover and publicize Israel’s historical war crimes. He refused to serve in the Occupy West Bank Operation and was arrested as a result. His academic work on Israel is cited favorably by people like Noam Chomsky, who is all the way on the other side of the issue. Morris was at one point shunned by the Israeli academic community for being in essence “a traitor” to his people.

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