Where to from here? The last year alone has seen the US decide to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinian negotiators warn of an imperilled two-state solution, and Israeli leaders endorse the annexation of parts of the West Bank. Award–winning author Randa Abdel-Fattah; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University Mark Baker; author, journalist and documentarian Antony Loewenstein; and Balcony Over Jerusalem author John Lyons join Peter Greste to consider whether a new path to peace can be forged.
John Lyons (Australian)
John Lyons is Head of Investigative and In-Depth Journalism at the ABC. He has won many awards, including three Walkleys and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. A former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, John was for six years Middle East correspondent of The Australian, based in Jerusalem. Based on those six years, Lyons has written his latest book, Balcony Over Jerusalem. Travelling to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya and Turkey, Lyons examines the rise and dramatic collapse of the Arab Spring. He also looks in intimate detail at Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories, with confronting observations of that conflict.
Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)
Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author of 11 books and is published around the world. She was a lawyer for ten years and has a Phd in Sociology on the topic of Islamophobia in Australia. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. Her latest novel, When Michael Met Mina, won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary award for Young Adults and the People's Choice award. Her novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? is being adapted as a feature film. Randa's novel Where the Streets Had A Name will be on the stage with MonkeyBaa theatre company in September 2017. Randa is keen to use her intervention into popular culture and academia to reshape dominant narratives around racism, identity and multiculturalism.
Antony Loewenstein (Australian)
Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist, author and film-maker currently living in Sydney after being recently based in South Sudan and Jerusalem. He's written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and many others and written a number of best-selling books. His most recent book is Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe. He's the writer/co-producer of the documentary, Disaster Capitalism. He's currently working on a book about the global "war on drugs", out in 2019.
Mark Baker (Australian)
Mark Raphael Baker is the author of two memoirs, Thirty Days: A Journey To the End of Love, on grief, marriage, and the death of his wife, Kerryn, and The Fiftieth Gate: A Journey Through Memory, a best-selling and seminal book on his parents’ experience during the Holocaust which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, Melbourne.
Peter Greste (Australian)
Peter Greste is an Australian journalist and Al Jazeera correspondent who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison. He has worked as a correspondent for Reuters, CNN and the BBC, predominantly in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. His book, Freeing Peter, written with his family who spearheaded an international media campaign to champion his release, was published in 2016.