Israel and Palestine — Background and Context

The December 2023 TV program in the “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series provides important background and context for the crisis of violence in Israel and Palestine that is going on at the end of 2023.

The American people are alarmed by the news, but very few people understand the background and context in which the current violence arose.  If we understand that, we can urge our government to take actions that are smarter and more humane than what our government is doing now.

This TV program opposes violence on all sides.  We oppose war crimes.  We need a ceasefire to stop all of the violence now.  We want to protect all civilians.  We need to be even-handed and hold all political entities to the same humane, nonviolent standards.

During this hour we explain clearly that we cannot merely return to the status quo from before Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, 2023.  We must solve the underlying problems.

Two exceptionally well-informed guests helped us explore this topic during the TV interview:

  • Cindy Corrie is very active in the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. She has studied extensively, visited the region many times, and interacted with many people there.
  • Larry Mosqueda, Ph.D., also has studied the issues extensively, visited the region, and taught about Israel and Palestine at the college level.


Anyone anywhere can watch this TV program through this blog:

Also, people in Thurston County WA who have cable TV can watch it on channel 22 three times a week throughout December 2023: every Monday at 1:30 pm; every Wednesday at 5:00 pm; and every Thursday at 9:00 pm.

At the link below is a transcript of what we said on TV, along with more information:

2023.12 Israel + Palestine — THOROUGH SUMMARY and more information

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Questions?  Contact Glen Anderson (producer and host) at (360) 491-9093 or 




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093