Exploring the Seeds of Today’s Middle East Conflict with Ari Shavit

June 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

In this special edition of MetroFocus, author and journalist Ari Shavit joins anchor Jack Ford to discuss the history of the country of Israel – how it came to be, how it has survived, and the threats it faces. His book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, draws on interviews, historical documents and his own family’s story to examine the complexities and history of the Israeli condition. The interview follows the PBS premiere of the documentary 1913: Seeds of Conflict, which examines the seeds of today’s Middle East conflict, sown in pre-World War I Ottoman Palestine.

Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. Born in Rehovot, Israel, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jersualem. In the 1980s he wrote for the progressive weekly Koteret Rashit. In the early 1990s he was chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, and in 1995 he joined Haaretz, where he serves on the editorial board. Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israeli public television.

Read an excerpt from My Promised Land below.

Excerpted from My Promised Land by Ari Shavit Copyright © 2013 by Ari Shavit. Excerpted by permission of Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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