Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World, discusses the civil war in the Mandate for Palestine after the British Empire’s dissolution in the late 1940s, Gaza’s transformation into a blockaded prison, Israeli officials implicated in Gaza war crimes who risk arrest if they travel abroad, Egypt’s complicity in detaining human rights activists bringing aid to the occupied territories, the lingering effects of WWII devastation that are evident in the geopolitical passivity of European countries and why Obama deserves credit for an improved US image abroad and positive policy changes.
MP3 here. (33:44)
Juan Cole is the author of Engaging the Muslim World. He is a Professor of History at the University of Michigan and writes the “Informed Comment” blog at Juancole.com.