Local Activists on the Gaza Conflict

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The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now in its third week. In the Bay Area, protests, counter-protests and calls for action have been intensifying. In the first half hour, we check in with Bay Area supporters of Palestinians. In the second half, we talk with local supporters of Israel. What impact is the violence having on those in the Bay Area?


Lara Kiswani, executive director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)

Hatem Bazian, co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in America, and faculty lecturer of Near Eastern studies and ethnic studies at UC Berkeley

Rabbi Menachem Creditor, rabbi of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, author of "Peace in Our Cities, Rabbis Against Gun Violence" and member of the Executive Council for the Rabbinical Assembly

Mark Schickman, chair of Middle East strategy and past president of the Jewish Community Relations Council