Tough Questions, Expert Answers: The Temple Mount heats up again

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I am proud to introduce Tough Questions, Expert Answers, a new APN publication series which tackles seminal issues pertaining to the conflict. In a world where soundbites dominate, it is critical to take the time to understand the issues that can change the world- for better or for worse.

The first edition in the series is a Q&A on the Temple Mount. With tensions growing by the day over the world’s most contested religious site, this timely explainer by Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann is a must read. As Danny correctly states, "the battle over the Status Quo at the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif has increasingly become a proxy for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict writ large."

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News Nosh 05.01.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday May 01, 2016
Quote of the day:
"Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies."
--Slogan on the back of t-shirts worn by workers at the famous Arab family - owned Aboulafia bakery in Jaffa, as seen in photo in Maariv. The family set up the 'Aboulafia Coexistence Association.'**
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News Nosh 05.02.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday May 02, 2016
Quote of the day:
"In Jerusalem, they think the whole world is stupid...It's time for you (Israelis) to understand that (your) allies are losing patience."
--Unnamed senior European diplomat told Maariv after report published that Germany wants to end its unconditional support for Israel due to Israeli policies expanding settlements and not advancing peace.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
"In the videos he posts online depicting the terror attacks, Ohana always sounds like the dominant voice. He’s often seen giving instructions to soldiers or police, warning them about threats, managing the rescue teams and interrogating Palestinians. In some cases, he seems to be taking charge of events and telling the security forces what to do. In most of the videos, he can also be heard cursing wounded and subdued assailants. He is not seen giving them medical aid in any of the footage."
--A Haaretz+ investigation reveals the controversial behavior of an Israeli ambulance driver named Ofer Ohana, who lives in a Hebron settlement, arrives at every attack, but does not treat the wounded Palestinians and "at every available opportunity, he is seen inflaming the atmosphere."***
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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

This week, Alpher discusses why the very first Palestinian intifada erupted 80 years ago; if last month's arrival of Yemeni Jews fleeing the fighting in Yemen to Israel means the end of exile in Arab lands; and whether last week's announcement of the deployment of 250 additional US combat troops to Syria is a sign of mission creep.

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APNlogo_donateFor the first in a series of ads from APN, Gen. Meir Dagan speaks about why the security community concur on reaching a political settlement with the Palestinians. This one appears in the Washington Jewish Week and the Baltimore Jewish Times.

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News Nosh 05.03.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday May 03, 2016
Quote of the day:
"During his years in power, Netanyahu has fostered a deadly mixture of paranoia, aggressive megalomania and pessimism. How will he manage to change the awful atmosphere that he himself created, and persuade the right-wing majority to divide the land without the Golem rising up against its creator?"
--Haaretz+ commentator Iris Leal writes that when eventually Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is forced, like the South African leader F.W. de Klerk, to choose between peace or face trouble, he may find himself facing a paradox of his own making.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
The municipality of an Israeli city ordered the removal of a sign protesting the separation of Jewish and Arab women in maternity wards, saying it offended the public’s sensibilities.
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Happy Birthday, Israel. May it be Happier Next Year

Ori-speakers-bureau-picBy Ori Nir

Israel has always suffered a water shortage. Seven years ago, the shortage turned into a crisis. The Sea of the Galilee receded to an unprecedented low, as did the mountain aquifers. Under the slogan “Israel is drying up,” the government ran terrifying television ads, featuring Israeli celebrities whose photoshopped skin was cracking like arid earth and peeling off. My mother used to cover her eyes when these ads ran. “I can’t see it,” she would say. Concerned citizens took shorter showers and stopped using garden hoses to water their plants or wash their cars. Consumption dropped but not enough. The country’s dwindling reserves couldn’t meet demand.

Today, the state of Israel has solved its water problems. Four large water desalination and purification plants were built (two more are under construction), including one that until recently was the largest in the world. Today, more than half of Israel’s drinking water is desalinated Mediterranean water. There is a surplus of water, even as consumption grows.

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Americans for Peace Now

Reserve your space on Americans for Peace Now's Israel Study Tour, November 12 - November 17, 2016.

Thank you for your interest in APN's 2016 Study Tour to Israel! Registration is now open, with instructions below on how to lock in your participation.

Several special elements will be part of this specific trip. Coming only days after a new US President is elected, the Study Tour will provide you with unique insight into how Israelis and Palestinians perceive the election results, and how they believe the US general elections might impact the conflict and prospects for its resolution.

As always, the focus of the tour will be on the two societies, Israeli and Palestinian, and on the state of the conflict between them. In addition, this year's tour will feature an added emphasis on the threats that Israel faces across its borders, north and south, and will therefore involve more travel than in past years.

Go HERE for the Study Tour Schedule

Professor Mark Rosenblum, APN's founder and Middle East scholar, will lead the tour with his remarkable combination of knowledge, experience, and humor. In addition to his years of study and activism on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Mark has for several years now been leading groups of student scholars on trips to various Arab countries.

Study Tour Prices
  • $3,290 Per Person/Double Occupancy

  • $3,990 Single Occupancy

INCLUDES: Hotel Accommodations for 6 nights (check-in Saturday, November 12; check-out Friday, November 18) at The David Citadel, a premier hotel in the heart of Jerusalem, all meals with the exception of one evening and one afternoon off for your own leisure, all touring, tipping, and admissions (does NOT include airfare).

  • A $500 Deposit will lock in your place on this unique, small-group tour experience. APN limits the number of participants, and given the high amount of interest expressed for this year's tour, we encourage you to reserve your spot today. 

Print out and complete this FORM and return to APN by mail or email with the deposit (payable by check or credit card). Deposit deadline is August 31, 2016, after which we will be able to accept participants if space allows.

Jerusalem, Israel - Check-in: Saturday, November 12; Check-out: Friday, November 18

For more on the APN Israel Study Tour, watch this video, and see the schedule from APN's 2015 study tour.

For questions, email or call our office at 202-408-9898.

"I find it stimulating to travel with the kind of folks who are always on the APN study trips, and it is motivating to meet and talk to Israeli Jews and Palestinians whose values I share. It renews my faith in Israel's future."


- Aviva Meyer, from Washington, D.C., who is pictured (on the left) with Janet Aviad, a founder of Peace Now in Israel.

Going on the APN Study Tour "was an amazing experience from every event of a lifetime. It gave me hope that there is still very much a chance for peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

- David Edelman, pictured in Hebron, is from the Chicago area and has participated in two APN Study Tours


News Nosh 05.04.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 04, 2016
Quote of the day:
“Nice doesn’t cut it anymore.”
--Millionaire venture capitalist-turned-politician Erel Margalit, who is positioning himself to challenge the leadership of, and to try and take the helm of, Israel’s Labor Party, says the party needs to take a more assertive approach - and he demonstrates that with his YouTube clip.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Before the whole mess, we made a clip together from a love song he wrote and he hosted us in his refugee camp with open arms. This case has shaken up my life.”
-- Jenia Borkatovsky, a fellow participant in the Jewish-Arab ‘Just Singing’ group of musicians, is one of many Jewish friends supporting Sami Araj by attending his court hearings. Araj was detained after being falsely identified as a terrorist in Beersheva but then kept in detention and accused of throwing stones in E. Jerusalem.**
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Yom HaShoah - Remembering the Holocaust

zikaron-candle320x265The annual day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust and of heroism, begins this evening, Wednesday, May 4.


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