News Nosh 05.01.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday May 01, 2014

Number of the day:
--The number of 'price-tag' attacks by right-wing Jewish Israeli extremists on Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property in 2013, according to US State Department report.

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Press Release: APN Appalled at Conference of Presidents Vote to Exclude J Street

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is appalled and deeply disappointed at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization's failure to accept J Street, an important player in the pro-Israel arena, into its ranks.

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News Nosh 05.02.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 02, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Netanyahu is completing the series of racist laws that have been emerging in recent years and is leading Israel to become the first racial state of the 21st century."
--MK Mohammed Barakeh, head of Hadash party on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's plan to "legally anchor" Israel's status as "the nation-state of the Jewish people."**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: April 25-May 2, 2014

San Diego Jewish World - May 1, 2014
APN 'appalled' by Conference vote to exclude J Street (press release reprinted)

The Forward - May 1, 2014
APN demands reform in Conference of Presidents

LA Jewish Journal (JTA story) - April 30, 2014
Peace Now: Israel advanced some 14,000 West Bank apartments during talks - April 29, 2014
APN's Ori Nir and ATFP's Ghaith al-Omari speak at Northwestern University

News Nosh 05.04.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday May 04, 2014

Quote of the day:
"There's no such thing as 'can't do' in the Shin Bet, just 'don't want.'"
-- Former Shin Bet head Carmi Gillon tells audience a cultural event in Beersheva why the 'price-tag' attackers have not been caught.**

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News Nosh 05.05.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 05, 2014

Note: Note: News Nosh will be off on Israeli Independence Day.

Quote of the day:
"All that pioneering energy would have gone to the Negev and the Galilee..(there would have been a) different demographic balance that would have strengthened Israel."
--Security expert Amos Yadlin answers Yedioth's question: what if Likud had not won the elections in '77.**

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Remembering and Celebrating: Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzmaut

On Monday, May 5, Israel marked Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day), a day in which life comes to a halt to commemorate Israelis – soldiers and civilians – who died in Israel’s many wars and terrorist attacks. On this somber day, Americans for Peace Now stands with our brothers and sisters in Israel in paying tribute to the fallen and in recommitting to fulfill our mission of securing peace for Israel, peace that will end the endless wars and bloodshed.

And when the sun sets, in an abrupt shift of emotion, Israelis start the festivities of Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Independence Day), flooding the parks and the public squares to rejoice in the 66th birthday celebrations of their country.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: May 5, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses why the Netanyahu government threatens to refuse to negotiate with a Fateh-Hamas Palestinian Authority unity government; what settler "price tag" attacks and provocations focused over the past two weeks on targets in Israeli Arab towns and villages rather than in the West Bank and East Jerusalem tells us; PM Netanyahu's renewed effort to legislate a basic law proclaiming Israel a Jewish state and Israel's sixty-sixth Independence Day.

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Peace Now's Hagit Ofran is One of Haaretz's 66 Israeli Influential Women

As Israel marks 66 years of independence Ha'aretz daily compiled a list of "66 Israeli women you should know". Those women are "breaking barriers, defying stereotypes and wielding influence to great effect in the corridors of power and behind the scenes. Each and every one of these outstanding achievers, we believe, is a woman worth watching."



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The American Prospect: The Bitter Truth about the Settlements

by Matthew Duss

How can talks succeed when, throughout the negotiations, Israel is building on the very land that would comprise a Palestinian state?

There are a lot of reasons for the peace effort's failure, but people in Israel shouldn't ignore the bitter truth—the primary sabotage came from the settlements.” This is what anonymous U.S. officials told journalist Nahum Barnea, a prominent columnist in Israel’s most-read newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, in a candid interview about the collapse of Secretary of State John Kerry’s nine-month-long effort to broker talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. 

It’s not just people in Israel who shouldn’t ignore this bitter truth; it’s people in America, and particularly in Washington, where there’s an entire industry dedicated to casting the Palestinians as eternal rejectionists and downplaying the impact of the settlements and occupation that sustain them. Basically, these officials are telling us more explicitly what both Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama have told us more diplomatically: Netanyahu’s unwillingness and/or inability to reign in the settlements poisoned the negotiations, and is killing any chance of a final, two-state agreement.

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