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Israel's Far-Right is Al-Aqsa-ing for Trouble: Ben-Gvir's incursion and assaults to the status quo

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The New Arab Voice is back for a brand new season!

For our first episode, we examining the troubling news that unfolded at the start of the new year.

When Israel's new National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, went to the Al-Aqsa compound on 3 January, it was seen as a provocation by a far-right religious nationalist, intended to anger the Palestinians, muslims, and incite resentment and tensions.

The Al-Aqsa compound has a lengthy history, that some believe dates back to the time of the early Old Testament. It has seen wars, conquests and earthquakes. It is a site that holds a significance of the three main Abrahamic faiths.

With his incursion at Al-Aqsa, many accused Ben-Gvir of seeking to disrupt the status quo of the ancient and holy site. But what is the status quo? Why does it exist? When did it come into play? Is it time for a new status quo? What are the risks associated with tampering with the status quo?

Joining us to talk about Al-Aqsa and the politics of the status quo, we have Nur Arafeh, a fellow at the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center (@CarnegieMEC), where her work focuses on the political economy of the MENA region, business-state relations, peacebuilding strategies, the development-security nexus and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Also, Dr. Nimrod Goren (@GorenNimrod), the Senior Fellow for Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute (@MiddleEastInst) and the founder and head of Mitvim (@Mitvim) – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.

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This podcast is written and produced by Hugo Goodridge.

Theme music by Omar al-Fil. 

Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email [email protected]alaraby.co.uk 

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