Introducing ‘The +972 Podcast’

In our first episode, MK Aida Touma-Sliman discusses why she thinks an election boycott is the wrong way to fight for Palestinian rights in Israel. In the second episode, Ethiopian-Israeli activist Mazal Bisawer talks about why Israelis have such hard time seeing anti-black racism in their society.

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In our first episode, Palestinian Member of Knesset Aida Touma-Sliman discusses the disqualification of an entire Arab party from running in the upcoming elections, and pushes back on the idea of an election boycott, asserting that “when it gets bad, you’re supposed to fight harder and not run away.” In the same episode, +972’s Noam Sheizaf discusses the political re-alignment taking place in Israel, the anyone-but-Netanyahu platform of his sole challengers, and why Kahanists in the Knesset is bad news.

In our second episode, prominent Ethiopian-Israeli activist Mazal Bisawer talks about protests following the police shooting of a young black Israeli man, whether anyone is representing the Ethiopian community in these elections, and why it’s so hard for Israelis to admit there is anti-black racism in their society. Later in the episode, editor-in-chief Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man discusses the disqualification of a Kahanist candidate from running in the elections, and what the backlash could look like.

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