APN 2016 Israel Study Tour - Photo Highlights

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Peace Now's Hagit Ofran gives a briefing to the group on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Temple Mount / Noble Sancuary

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Waiting to enter the US Consulate in Jerusalem for meeting with Consul General Donald Blome.

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Two pictures above is the amphitheater, and directly above are the flags of Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned-city in the West Bank

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LEFT: Israeli Journalist Amir Tibbon talks about living at the border with Gaza. Tibbon covered the most recent Gaza War and one month later moved from Tel Aviv to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. RIGHT: Maj. General (ret.) Noam Tibbone (yes, he is Noam's father) spoke about security needs with Gaza directly behind him. 

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The only "bombproof playground" is in Sderet, Israel near Gaza. On the left is the outside of the play structure/shelter, and on the right is a view from the inside.

Program in Los Angeles with APN's Lara Friedman - October 20, 2016

On the Eve of Elections: The U.S. and the Elusive Quest for Middle East Peace
A discussion with a leading authority from Washington, DC

Lara Friedman
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Americans for Peace Now

Thursday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.

Westside Jewish Community Center
5870 W. Olympic Blvd., LA (parking structure in back, or park on the street)

RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

Friedman, whom the Jewish Daily Forward Newspaper listed as a "must-read pundit on the Middle East," is a go-to expert for those working inside government, those looking to influence U.S. policy, and for journalists. Her opeds and analyses are frequently published in the US and Israeli press, and she is a highly requested and respected speaker in forums throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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Program in Silicon Valley, CA with APN's Lara Friedman - Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm

We recognize that the final US Presidential Debate is the evening of October 19th, so we have changed the start time to 8:00 pm. You will thus have the opportunity to watch the debate in its entirety, and then have a discussion with a leading expert on the issues that are relevant to Israel, and to US Foreign Policy towards Israel and the Middle East.


On the Eve of Elections: The U.S. and the Elusive Quest for Middle East Peace
A discussion with a leading authority from Washington, DC

Lara Friedman
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Americans for Peace Now

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. 
(changed from 7:30 to accommodate watching the final US Presidential Debate)

Private Home in Sunnyvale, CA
Receive location and directions upon RSVP

RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

Friedman, whom the Jewish Daily Forward Newspaper listed as a "must-read pundit on the Middle East," is a go-to expert for those working inside government, those looking to influence U.S. policy, and for journalists. Her opeds and analyses are frequently published in the US and Israeli press, and she is a highly requested and respected speaker in forums throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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2016 Israel Study Tour - REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON

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 israeltour@peacenow.org 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."

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- 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 angle...an 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
 

 

APN SoCal Breakfast Program - "Nice or Necessary? Jewish-Arab People-to-People Programs

APN in Southern California is a co-sponsor of the following breakfast program to be held on Wednesday, February 4:

Nice or Necessary? Jewish-Arab People-to-People Programs

Breakfast Program with Joel Braunold, U.S. Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m.

Lenny's Deli (back room)
2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles (at Pico)

Bagel Breakfast: $15 (pay at door)

RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

Sponsors: Americans for Peace Now, American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salaam, J Street, Partners for Progressive Israel

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The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a network of organizations that seek to build a secure just and sustainable peace, and conduct civil society work in conflict transformation, development, coexistence and cooperative activities on the ground in the Middle East among Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews.

There are more than 80 member organizations in ALLMEP, including the Arab-Jewish Village Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and the bilingual and multicultural Hand in Hand schools, the Jerusalem one recently attacked in a hate crime.

Joel Braunold is the U.S. Director of ALLMEP, after having previously served in leadership roles in London and New York at the ALLMEP member organization PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement. He has received the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, and his insightful analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been published by national and international media outlets, including Ha'aretz.com, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast.

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The 4th Annual Professor Gerald B. Bubis Lecture -- held in Southern California -- will be Thursday, December 4th, featuring Israel's renowned Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann speaking on the topic GETTING REAL ABOUT JERUSALEM.  It could not be more timely.

See below for further information, followed by a detailed bio on the speaker and on Professor Bubis.

RSVP's are requested to 323-934-3480 or apnwest@peacenow.org.

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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 the analysis of the shared characteristics of the Sarona and Orlando terrorist attacks; the additional unique elements of the Sarona attack of June 8 that seem to have made it so traumatic; and what Netanyahu's fourth meeting in a year with President Putin, together with the fact that he met only once with President Obama during this time tells us about Netanyahu’s strategic world view.

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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 the analysis of the shared characteristics of the Sarona and Orlando terrorist attacks; the additional unique elements of the Sarona attack of June 8 that seem to have made it so traumatic; and what Netanyahu's fourth meeting in a year with President Putin, together with the fact that he met only once with President Obama during this time tells us about Netanyahu’s strategic world view.

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