[Video] Israel-Palestine: The Changing Discussion in the Democratic Party

The October 7 attack and the war on Gaza has broken open a debate within the Democratic Party that has been a long time in the making, as progressive voices press for an approach that supports the safety, rights, and dignity of Israelis and Palestinians alike. What has been driving this shift, what are the key areas of tension within the party, and how can Democrats address these differences in a constructive way?

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Faiz Shakir

Faiz Shakir | American Civil Liberties Union

Faiz Shakir served as National Political Director of the ACLU from January 2017 to March 2019, overseeing the organization’s National Political Advocacy Department and developing strategies to advance its priorities at federal and state levels. Prior to his tenure at the ACLU, Shakir held senior advisory roles for Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, focusing on policy, communications, and advocacy for LGBT and Muslim American communities. A Harvard and Georgetown Law graduate, he also spent seven years at the Center for American Progress, where he served as Vice President for Communications and editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress.org.

Hadar Susskind

Hadar Susskind, President and CEO, is a prominent progressive voice in the Jewish community with over twenty years of policy experience in Washington, DC. Hadar has served as Senior VP of Government Relations for the Council on Foundations, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action and PAC, VP of the Tides Foundation, and held leadership roles at J Street and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He has also worked with COEJL, HIAS, and the Israel Policy Forum. Hadar serves on the boards of Ameinu and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. He graduated from the University of Maryland and holds the rank of Sergeant First Class in the Israel Defense Forces.


Matt Duss


Matthew Duss is Executive Vice-President at the Center for International Policy. Before joining CIP, Duss was a visiting scholar in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 2017-22, Duss was foreign policy advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). From 2014-17, Duss was the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. From 2008-14 Duss was a National Security and International Policy analyst at the Center for American Progress.


Duss’s work has been widely published, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, The American Prospect, and Foreign Policy.


Rebecca Abou Chedid

Rebecca Abou-Chedid

Rebecca Abou-Chedid is Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Rebecca previously served as a law clerk in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review; as Director of Outreach for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force; and as National Policy Director of the Arab American Institute. Rebecca was also co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Just Vision. Rebecca is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and received her BA at Cornell University.