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An Arabic-Speaking Jewish Stand-Up Comedian Talks About The Conflict

Comedian and activist Noam Shuster-Eliassi joins us to discuss the hope for peace in the Middle East

About 6 months ago, in May of this year, the entire country was hit with a wave of Arab-Israeli mob violence. Jews were targeted both in the streets and in their homes in cities like Acre, Lod, Jaffa. 2 Jews died, one in Acre, one in Lod. Many were injured. There were also a few incidents of Jewish mob violence but not quite on the same scale.

On May 10th, Israel began its fourth military operation in Gaza. Another round in Israel’s ongoing attempt to defend itself against Hamas.

All hope for co-existence seemed gone. And then about a month later the government was formed. In an unexpected and historic twist, Prime Minister Bennett managed to form a coalition by garnering the support of one of Israel’s Arab parties. For the first time in history, an Arab party is part of the ruling coalition.

Is this just a fling or is this a true step in the direction of peace between Israel and the Palestinians?

Today we are joined by comedian and activist Noam Shuster-Eliassi. Noam joined us back in June to talk about her bout of covid and her time in Hotel Corona. But Covid-19 is so 2020. This time, Noam joins us to talk about Peace in the Middle East. Noam hails from quite a unique place – Neve Shalom or Wahat Al-Salam (which translates to Oasis of Peace), a cooperative village founded by Arabs and Jews with the stated goal of showing the world that it’s possible. Noam performs in Hebrew, Arabic, and English and we are thrilled to have her on the show today.

About Two Nice Jewish Boys: The Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is a weekly dose of free and open conversations with the most interesting voices in Israel. Hosted by Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein and recorded in Tel Aviv, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast covers everything from politics and history to entertainment and science.

Some of the podcast’s most prominent guests include Avi Issascharoff, creator of the award-winning Netflix series Fauda, Idan Reichal, renowned musician and producer, Michael Oren, former MK and Israel’s former ambassador to the US, Itay Anghel, one of Israel’s most respected journalists and documentary film makers, and Avner Gvaryahu, Co-Director of the Breaking the Silence organization.

Ultimately, the Two Nice Jewish Boys Podcast is here to provide a platform for free and open conversations about Israel and the Jewish world in the belief that only through free speech and open dialogue can we build a better future together.

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