About the episode: “Peace and Intellectual Freedom in the Middle East,” with Asaf Romirowsky. We put together this first episode of the Public Liberty Podcast with rubber bands, chewing gum, paperclips and one microphone for three people. Still, we’re very proud of the results. In this inaugural edition of the PLP, Don Q. and Sancho sit down with Dr. Romirowsky to explore root causes of ongoing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, intellectual and academic freedom in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, BDS as a threat to academic freedom, and more.
About our guest: Asaf Romirowsky, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), a fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a professor at the University of Haifa. Trained as a Middle East historian, he holds a doctorate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King’s College London, and has published widely on various aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict and American foreign policy. Romirowsky is co-author of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief and a contributor to The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel.