Atalia Omer

Keough School of Global Affairs

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574-631-7121
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omer.3@nd.edu
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Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies

  • Religion, nationalism and peacebuilding 
  • Diasporas, conflict transformation and peace
  • Multiculturalism, conflict transformation and justice
  • Israel/Palestine 

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The Conversation

For many American Jews protesting for Palestinians, activism is a journey rooted in their Jewish values

By Atalia Omer, Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

Jewish Professor Says Columbia Barred Him From Campus

"What we see broadly is a weaponization of accusations of antisemitism that are grounded on false assumptions that equate Israel with Jews and confuse and conflate the politics of a nation-state with Jewish people," Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, told Newsweek.

Tens of Thousands Protest the Netanyahu Government in Israel

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Tens of thousands of Israelis came out to protest the Netanyahu government. It’s the largest protest since the start of the October 7th war in Gaza. Netanyahu turned over the reins of the Israeli government temporarily Sunday to have surgery. We talk with Atalia Omer, PhD Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies/Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

The Conversation

Israeli peace activists are more anguished than ever − in a movement that has always been diverse and divided, with differing visions of ‘peace’

By Atalia Omer, Professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame.

ABC Radio National (Australia)

The Biblical story of Amalek evoked by Netanyahu

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Professor Atalia Omer specialises in Jewish and Israeli history and politics at the University of Notre Dame in the US. 

CHCH NEWS (CANADA)

South Africa accuses Israel of “genocidal intent” in Gaza at ICJ

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For more on why this case is being so widely watched and discussed, we’re joined by Atalia Omer – professor with the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, as well as Sean Foley – professor of Middle East and Islamic history at Middle Tennessee State University.

Notre Dame professors call for increased aid, ceasefire for Palestinian civilians

“So, we must talk about the humanitarian crisis because it affects us,” said Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic thought and Muslim societies at the University of Notre Dame. 

It’s a humanitarian issue at the end of the day, and Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, knows well because she is Israeli herself.

Notre Dame professors call for increased aid, ceasefire for Palestinian civilians

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“So, we must talk about the humanitarian crisis because it affects us,” said Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic thought and Muslim societies at the University of Notre Dame. 

Opinion | Stop weaponizing the Holocaust

Atalia Omer is a professor of Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

On university campuses, students wrestle with Israel-Hamas war

But for many years on college campuses “there has been great confusion on what is antisemitism and what is legitimate criticism of Israeli policies and the state of Israel,” says Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame.

What’s the difference between a humanitarian pause and a cease-fire?

Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, attributes the controversy over the term “cease-fire” to the power of Israel’s public diplomacy.

The News Tribune

Who wants cease-fire in Gaza? These US, world leaders call to pause Israeli-Hamas war

If a cease-fire were to be negotiated, it would include “an immediate stop to bombardments and ground invasion as well as the cessation of rockets by Hamas,” Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, told McClatchy News.

Biden wants a two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Is it still possible?

Almost immediately after the Oslo Accords were signed, Israel enhanced its policy of fragmenting Gaza from the West Bank and East Jerusalem, says Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Head Topics United States

What would a potential Saudi-Israel normalisation deal mean for Palestine?

Atalia Omer — Professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at University of Notre Dame: "The deal is designed to bypass Palestinian grievances in ways consistent with other initiatives involving regional powers who benefited militarily and economically from such deals."

Middle East Eye

Pro-Palestine activists welcome Congress resolution recognising Nakba

According to Atalia Omer, a professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, the timing of Tlaib's resolution relates to a slow but clear shift in Congress.

Some Palestinians Temporarily Avoid Eviction in New Israeli Court Ruling

"The ruling merely calls for a delay of eviction for the benefit of further investigation of the case," University of Notre Dame professor Atalia Omer told Newsweek.

The New Arab

Why Ben & Jerry's decision presents a BDS dilemma for Israel

"Because of the visibility of this event, this nuance was introduced, which was communicated very clearly to the broader public," Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, told The New Arab.

The New Arab

An awaking in Washington as pro-Palestine demonstrations and congressional support gain momentum

"It's definitely noticeable in numbers, but also in its sustained interest," Atalia Omer, professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, told TNA.

Prince George Citizen

The tragedy of Israeli colonialism

I spoke to Atalia Omer, professor of religion, conflict and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame and a senior fellow in the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative at Harvard Divinity School, about this shift, or illusion of a shift, and the history preceding it.

The New Arab

How Palestine and BDS became part of New York's mayoral race

“He wanted to play it safe, but he walked into a trap,” Atalia Omer, professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, tells The New Arab