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Dror Moreh wrote this letter for Americans for Peace Now, because the only reasonable way to resolve the conflict is a two-state solution. And that's the message former Shin Bet directors make in his documentary The Gatekeepers.

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News Nosh 07.01.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday July 1, 2015 

Quote of the day:
"I also argued with him and told him that in the Knesset plenum he accused us (of terror) all and when he said we need to say thank you that we are here he referred to all of us. So he said to me that he did not mean all the Arabs, but only those who support terror. I told him that there were no terrorists in the plenum.”
--MK Massoud Ghanaim tells Maariv about his hallway conversation with a Likud MK who sparked an uproar.**
Outrage of The Day: 
“Arabs to slaughter,” “Arab blood is cheap,” and “Arab — the son of a whore.”
--Graffiti spray-painted on the walls of the Jewish-Arab Max Rayne Hand in Hand school in Jerusalem on the last day of school. (Read more)

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Press Release: APN Welcomes Administration's Clarification on U.S. Policy re: Settlements

Washington, DC – Americans for Peace Now (APN) today welcomed the Obama Administration’s June 30 rejection of legislative language conflating Israel with West Bank settlements (full text of the State Department statement is copied below).  APN Director of Policy and Government Relations Lara Friedman commented:
“We welcome the State Department’s statement that U.S. policy regarding settlements remains unchanged. For months we have been warning of ongoing efforts by some in Congress, led by AIPAC and supported by various right-wing organizations, as well as by some in the current Israeli government, to change U.S. policy on this issue by stealth. These efforts seek to exploit concerns about boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel – concerns APN shares – as cover for legislation the true purpose and effect of which are to protect and promote settlements. 

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Briefing call with Prof. Ami Pedahzur, expert on Israel’s radical right


On July 1, 2015, Prof. Ami Pedahzur of the University of Texas at Austin, an expert on Israel's radical right, briefed APN on his recent research regarding the West Bank settlers' power and influence in Israeli public life.


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News Nosh 07.02.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday July 2, 2015 

Quote of the day:
“We are all humans and I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people. Everyone has a different view and perspective we need to share it together to remove the anger and the sadness in the area.”
--Bronka Tahboub said over a Ramadan iftar at her home in E. Jerusalem, which she shared with Jewish families she never met. (Read more.)
You Must Be Kidding: 
Days after being released from restraints, Khader Adnan, who is severely ill after just ending a 56-day hunger strike in protest against being held without charges, was shackled to his hospital bed again by Israel Prison Service in contravention of Israeli law. (Read more)

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APN/Peace Now in the News: June 26 - July 2, 2015


New Jersey Jewish News - June 29, 2015
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Satire can't keep up with Israel's loose-lipped politicians


JewSchool - June 29, 2015
APN intern Susanna Berman op-ed: The Elephant on the Bus


Politico - June 30, 2015
APN's Lara Friedman welcomes Obama administration's clarification regarding distinction between Israel and West Bank settlements


Huffington Post - June 30, 2015
APN's Lara Friedman welcomes Obama administration's embracing of distinction between Israel and West Bank settlements


Times of Israel - July 1, 2015
Obama administration rejects conflating Israel and West Bank settlements, a position asserted earlier by APN


Globes (Israeli economic daily) - July 1, 2015
Obama administration embraces distinction between Israel and West Bank settlements, which APN had underscored>


JTA - July 1, 2015
Obama administration embraces distinction between Israel and West Bank settlers, which APN had flagged during legislative process


Jerusalem Post (JTA story) - July 1, 2015
Obama administration embraces distinction between Israel and settlements, which APN underscored during legislative process


Press release: APN Welcomes Iran Nuclear Agreement, Urges Congress to Support the Deal

Americans for Peace Now (APN) today welcomed news that the Obama Administration and its P5+1 partners – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China – have reached an agreement with Iran to radically roll back and limit Iran’s nuclear program.  APN President and CEO Debra DeLee commented:

“We heartily congratulate President Obama and his P5+1 partners, and their indefatigable teams of expert negotiators, for the historic achievement announced today – an agreement that, when implemented, will verifiably roll back Iran’s nuclear program, limit Iran’s nuclear activities going forward, and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  It will also ensure that should Iran decide to break the terms of the deal and try to 'sneak out' to a nuclear weapon, both that the U.S. and international community have a far greater chance of detecting such an effort and are in a far stronger position to quickly determine the most effective course of action.

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News Nosh 07.03.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday July 3, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Before the murder, Shuafat was the most peaceful place in East Jerusalem but since the murder, this entire fabric of life has been destroyed."
--Hussein Abu Khdeir, father of Mohammed, who was burned alive one year ago.**

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News Nosh 07.05.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday July 5, 2015

Quote of the day:
"I want to fast as a way to demonstrate the importance of dialogue and reaching a political agreement. We only have control of ourselves - and I'm in control of giving up food."
--Cindy Cohen of Kfar Vradim is one of many women from the 'Women Make Peace' movement who will mark last summer's 50-day Gaza war by fasting 50 hours.

You Must Be Kidding: 
Police caught on video violently apprehending a Palestinian bagel seller 
Zaki Sabah, 62, is well-known bagel seller with a history of legal troubles for selling bagels from his cart in Jerusalem's Old City because the Jerusalem municipality won't give him a permit. Two years ago he got a 10-year jail sentence for not having a permit. After a public storm he was quickly released. Now police arrested him again. (Haaretz+ and YOUTUBE)

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News Nosh 07.06.15

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday July 6, 2015

Quote of the day:
"Our concept is to create the atmosphere that exists in many other government cities in the world, such as Washington..."
--Initiators of the new 'Pop-Up' Bar, which will be open every Tuesday in the Government compound where there isn't even a single coffeeshop.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
“I pay 13,000 shekels ($3,430) a year in municipal taxes, but we sweep the streets ourselves."
--Ibrahim Abu Sneineh, 72, a resident of the one Arab neighborhood of the Jewish middle-class city of Kfar Sava, which is now battling for its rights.

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