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Responding to Amnesty’s Apartheid Report

What are the ‘right’ responses after being likened to a Nazi state? Is this the time for a nuanced argument or a time to fight back? Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi and Elana Stein Hain discuss.

A journalist holds a copy of Amnesty International's report 'Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians,' in Jerusalem, February 1, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)
A journalist holds a copy of Amnesty International's report 'Israel's Apartheid Against Palestinians,' in Jerusalem, February 1, 2022. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

In this episode of For Heaven’s Sake, Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi debate the appropriate response to the recent Amnesty International report declaring Israel an Apartheid state.

What are the “right” responses after being likened to a Nazi state? Is this the time for a nuanced argument or a time to fight back? Can we acknowledge some legitimacy in the report without accepting the entire denouncement? Who will have to deal with the lingering effects and fallout from this report? Elana Stein Hain joins the discussion to contextualize this challenging moment through the lens and history of Torah, looking at the difference between rebuke and defamation.

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For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

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