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Discussing The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Part 1

We dive into the Israel-Palestinian conflict, as violence and international tensions escalate.

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An Israeli artillery unit fires shells towards targets in Gaza Strip, at the Israeli Gaza border, Wednesday, May 19, 2021.


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You've seen the images, the headlines and the reactions on social media as Israeli warplanes launched air strikes in Gaza City.

The conflict between Hamas and Israel has been escalating and is now in its second week.

International pressure is mounting for a cease-fire.

And humanitarian officials raise the alarm on the violence and the civilian death toll, including many children.

How do we understand this conflict – one of the longest in modern history?

Today, a professor of Middle Eastern studies discuses the troubled region – from its history to US foreign policy and future possibilities for peace.

Guest is:

Emran El-Badawi:

  • Program director and associate professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston

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