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News Nosh 03.01.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 1, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
"My peers and I don’t need any more multi-million dollar ventures to save us. What we need is for the community to wake up. What we need is for the community to stop willfully blinding itself to the disastrous reality of holding millions of Palestinians under military occupation."
--Simone Zimmerman, a young Jewish American, rejects the idea that to save the Jewish future and Israel’s public image, Jewish young people need to be engaged in “universal do-gooding," as Haaretz+ commentator Ari Shavit suggested.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
A campaign organized by a new settler group of comprising so-called moderate settlements adjacent to the road between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea has released a video on Facebook comparing EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen to Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer from the film "Silence of the Lambs" because of the EU's aid in giving temporary housing to Palestinian Bedouin living in that corridor.**
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Occupation, Inc: March 10 panel discussion with APN's Lara Friedman

On March 10, 2016, Human Rights Watch, the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Americans for Peace Now hosted a panel discussion of Human Rights Watch’s new report, Occupation, Inc.: How Settlement Businesses Contribute to Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Rights. 

Discussing the report was Sarah Saadoun, the report’s author, and APN’s Lara Friedman. Sarah Saadoun is the Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch. Lara Friedman is APN’s Director of Policy and Government Relations.. The discussion will be moderated by Matthew Duss, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. 

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What: Occupation, Inc., a discussion of Human Rights Watch’s reports on how business in and with Israel’s settlements contributes to violations of Palestinian rights. 

Watch the video of the event below:

 

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News Nosh 03.02.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 2, 2016

BULLETIN:
APN briefing call today with expert, Amb. Dan Kurtzer, on the viability and the desirability of a two-state solution and the efforts underway to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Call time: 2:30 pm EST. More details here.
 
Quote of the day:
"The bill emits a McCarthyite stench. Its sponsors’ goals are clear and well known: to harass Arab Knesset members, who serve as a bridge between the Arab community and state agencies."
--Haaretz Editorial calls on MKs "who still see the right to vote and to be elected as a sacred and fundamental right...even when the words and actions of the minority’s elected representatives aren’t to the liking of the ruling majority" to vote against the 'Suspension Bill'.'*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Travel agents who were at a meeting with the Tourism Ministry’s director genera Amir Halevy understood that the ministry intends to cut grants allotted to Israeli travel agencies whose groups sleep over in Bethlehem. 
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APN's Rabbi Alana Suskin in the Jerusalem Post: Don’t give up on Israel!

Last week, I received an email from Tikkun Magazine crowing, “Major American Jewish Leader Changes his Mind About Israel.” Rabbi David Gordis, who has served in an astonishing number of major American Jewish institutions, reflected on his years of love and advocacy for Israel, and on the rightward trend in Israeli policies. He wrote, “sadly, after a life and career devoted to Jewish community and Israel, I conclude that in every important way: Israel has failed to realize its promise for me. A noble experiment, but a failure.”

My heart sank. Many of us engaged in advocacy for Israel no doubt share Rabbi Gordis’ discontent with the trajectory of public affairs in Israel. Clearly there is reason to be troubled. Extremism has become embedded throughout every level of Israeli society. The occupation, and the racism that has grown from it, are alarming.

But, while I am sympathetic to your feelings of near-despair, Rabbi Gordis, I beseech you: don’t give up; Israel can’t afford to lose you.

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Briefing Call: Two States: The Only Solution – with Daniel Kurtzer

Daniel_Kurzer150On March 2nd 2016, APN hosted Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, a leading expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on efforts to resolve it for a briefing call on the state of the two-state solution.

Transcript Below

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News Nosh 03.03.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 3, 2016
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"You're just proving that you are the ones here who are the terrorists."
--Oryan Ben-Uliel, wife of Amrama, the main suspect in the murder of three members of the Dawabshe family, responded as she walked past the supporters for the murdered Dawabshe family, who chanted "murderers" at her. They responded shouting "God is great." 
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News Nosh 03.04.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 4, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
“So far, the major stumbling block to replacing Bibi is ego. As soon as we solve that, everything will be easier.”
--One of the senior politicians from the right-wing involved in trying to get Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu out of power tells Haaretz's Yossi Verter about one of the biggest problems.
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APN Legislative Round-Up: March 4, 2016

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. APN Analysis/Commentary on Obama Signing Statement
3. Hearings
4. On the Record

Note: The campaign to legitimize Israeli settlements – through U.S. legislation conflating settlements and Israel – continues. In tandem with this campaign is a steady stream of reports about U.S. policy vis-à-vis settlements and the West Bank since 1967. Many of these reports – either out of incompetence or a deliberate effort to mislead – misrepresent the facts (to say the least). In response to the latest round of factually incorrect reports, on 2/16 APN published: Setting the Record Straight (again) on U.S. Labeling Policy – which includes both analysis and links to all the relevant U.S. government original source documents.

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News Nosh 03.06.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 6, 2016
 
Number of the day:
115,000,000.
--The amount of dollars donated in the last eight years to the far right-wing Elad organization, which champions Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem - much of it coming from shadowy companies based in global tax shelters.
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