Interview of Avi Melamed on The Israel Connexion Podcast based in Australia | discussing our latest docuseries about Jerusalem, The Seam Line
Avi Melamed is a fourth-generation Arabic-speaking Jerusalemite Jew, former intelligence official, senior advisor on Arab Affairs, and Middle East expert.
Avi provides apolitical, non-partisan education about the Middle East to a wide variety of Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, from high school students to community and global leaders across the political and ideological spectrum.
His newest book, “Inside The Middle East: Entering a New Era“, has received high acclaim across the Arab world. “The Seam Line“, a five-part documentary series about Jerusalem, is his newest project. (0:28-44:41)
The Seam Line is a five-part documentary series examining the fragile threads that, woven together, create Jerusalem’s Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tapestry – simultaneously connecting and dividing Israelis and Palestinians, religious and secular, sacred and profane.
Living together in this multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-identity city is not always a matter of choice, but often the consequence of history and circumstance. However, alongside the inevitable frictions and tensions, unexpected collaborations, friendships, and partnerships can and do develop.
In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the Arab-Israeli conflict exploded into the intifada – lethal and violent protests and riots throughout Israel. This was the most chaotic and dangerous period in the history of the modern city of Jerusalem. Avi Melamed, a fourth-generation Jerusalemite Jew, former intelligence official, fluent Arab speaker and Middle East expert, is the host of The Seam Line. As the Advisor on Arab Affairs to two Mayors of Jerusalem during the intifada, his mission was to rebuild relations between the Arab and Jewish communities in Jerusalem. His work put him in the epicenter of this deadly storm.
The Seam Line is not a historical documentary. Rather, it is an invitation to join Avi on a personal journey through the city, from north to south, east to west. It is an unparalleled opportunity to explore the conflict in and over Jerusalem from his unique perspective. Along the way, you will meet Avi’s Arab and Jewish friends who will give you insights and perspectives rarely explored by the Western media. Their conversations also demonstrate that constructive bridges can be built in times of extreme conflict. Our goal and hope is that the philosophy, principles, and conflict resolution strategies Avi shares in this series will not only illuminate the challenges faced by a single city but open the door to a more productive discussion of the entire Israeli-Palestine conflict and, beyond that, to the complex reality of the Middle East as a whole.
If you want to have a better understanding of the news and what really drives the unfolding events…
Read the latest book of Avi Melamed,
INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST | ENTERING A NEW ERA, available now >>>
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