Welcome back to Chutzpah — we hope you survived the High Holidays. This episode, we sit down with David Halperin, executive director of the Israel Policy Forum, a non-profit working to shape the discourse around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Halperin, a former journalist at the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, speaks about developing his sense of Jewish identity (and audacity) as the “only Jewish kid” growing up in a suburb of Phoenix, A.Z. We talk about what it takes to represent the complex international gridlock in the Middle East and take-aways from his most recent trip to Israeli communities near the Gaza border. Oh — and the time neo-Nazis tried to beat him up in high school for wearing a Magen David necklace, and the unlikely group that came to his defense — this and more, on the latest episode of Chutzpah. Listen via the Soundcloud embed above, or while you’re on the go on the Soundcloud app.
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