News Nosh: June 18, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 18, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I feel so sorry for the policemen. If only they had been attacked by Arabs rather than by Jewish settlers, everything could have been so different. If it were Arabs, the orders would have allowed the use of counter-violence and even live fire, the policemen would have been required to use counter-violence and attack the rioters, and the government would have stood by them and awarded citations to those fighting terror."
--Yariv Oppenheimer writes in Yedioth about Israeli hypocrisy.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"They told me I couldn't enter, that I could only enter after 6 P.M. because I am Bedouin."
--Bedouin citizens of Israel revealed that public pool in the south has separate swim times for Bedouin, while the rest of the time the pool is officially open only to members, although Jewish citizens who don’t have membership do enter with payment at the entrance.**
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News Nosh: June 17, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 17, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"How is the use of money to advance an ideology different from avoiding the use of money to oppose an ideology? Why is the funding of advocacy in order to advance an annexation initiative in area of Judea and Samaria legal, but making things economically difficult for settlements is not legal?"
--Yedioth commentator, Yaron London, explains Israeli hypocrisy in the legislative bill that calls for punishing people who boycott Israel or Israeli settlements.*
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Legislative Round-up - June 15, 2018

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived

  1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record
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News Nosh: June 15, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 15, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“My hope is I get to see my Jewish brothers and sisters roam freely from Jerusalem to Ramallah, to Babylon and to the Nile, and for my fellow Arabs and Muslims to walk through Israel without fear of having an Israel stamp in their passports.”
--Sarah Idan, aka “Miss Iraq,” said during her visit this week to Israel where she met up with her friend, "Miss Israel," from the 2017 Miss Universe contest. Idan’s family was forced to flee Iraq after she posted a selfie of the two women in 2017.

You Must Be Kidding: 
And while this week Miss Iraq visited Israel and the new political leader of Iraq called for Iraqi Jews to return to Iraq, dozens of Israelis in the Israeli city of Afula demonstrated yesterday again against the sale of a home to an Arab-Israeli family. And while the police last month detained 21 peaceful Arab-Israeli protesters in Haifa and injured seven of them, it "settled" for restraining the Jewish-Israeli protesters in Afula to the curbs and detained none.
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News Nosh: June 14, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 14, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“Today I write to you and my heart is on the verge of tears. I read the High Court's decision regarding our Bedouin neighbors. It is clear that the four petitions submitted by the (Kfar Adumim settlement) Association contributed to a decision that would enable the forcible evacuation of our Bedouin neighbors. From here, I cannot understand why the community leadership chose to act to expel our neighbors. What instinct has led us to want the destruction of their homes? What morality has motivated us to want to expel people for the second time, after their families were already expelled from the State of Israel in the 1950s? What imperviousness, and perhaps arrogance, led us to refuse to join the proposal of members of the community to reach a jointly agreed solution? What logic made us open a terrible account with those who live next to us? The Bedouin houses are illegal. Maintaining the law is essential to the welfare of society. But this was not the principle that was of top concern to the leadership of the community. If this were the case, it would have prevented unauthorized construction inside (our own) community, before it acted against illegal construction by the Bedouin. It eyes were set on other considerations, not keeping the law and not good neighborliness. I hope that there were no considerations regarding the fact that our neighbors are not Jews, because these are unacceptable to me as a Jew.”
—Part of a letter written this week by former Jewish Agency chairman, Sallai Meridor, slamming his fellow settlers at Kfar Adumim settlement where he lives, for their actions to get rid of their Bedouin neighbors, the village of Khan al-Ahmar.*
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Whose side are you on?

Take a look at this photo.

It shows an Israeli police officer suffering a head injury yesterday in the West Bank, just south of Bethlehem. Who attacked him? A Palestinian? Hamas? No. Rock-throwing Jewish settlers. 

These hoodlums were part of a crowd of hundreds of right-wing zealots who gathered at Netiv Haavot, an illegal outpost, to protect buildings that settlers built on stolen land, privately owned by Palestinians.

Yesterday’s clashes went on for hours. Settlers gathered in the structures and on roofs, pelting police officers with rocks, bottles, and paint canisters.

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News Nosh: June 13, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 13, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"Israelis and Iranians, we are family. That is since the days of King Cyrus 2000 years ago. These are just governments that ruin it all because of religion."
--Reza, an Iranian fan attending the World Cup, welcomed two Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth reporters he met at the hotel dining room.*

Quote of the Day #2:
״So I have this background that allows me to look at things from a different perspective, and to some extent that allowed me to make the movie, since I didn’t buy into the threats that most Israelis believe in – according to which most Palestinians are terrorists and it’s very dangerous to go there. My complicated identity allowed me to observe this from a slightly different angle.”
—Argentina-born Jewish Israeli filmmaker, Ines Moldavsky, made a prize-winning film about dating Palestinian men from the West Bank.**
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PeaceCast #43: Omar Shaban sees hope in Gaza

Omar Shaban is the founder and director of PalThink for Strategic Studies, a Gaza City-based think tank, or as Shaban likes to call it, a “think and do tank.”

Debra Shushan, Stephanie Breitsman and Ori Nir sat with Shaban at APN’s office in Washington on Friday June 8th, for a long, fascinating conversation on the economy, society, and politics of the Gaza Strip.

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News Nosh: June 12, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“Fifty years I’m here – since the Jordanian era. There are adults who bought from me when they were children. I don’t know what they want.”
—Like other Palestinians in E. Jerusalem, Marwan Sumara, 77, who sells juice in the Old City dressed in a white fez and traditional vest during Ramaddan, says Jerusalem Municipality officials are picking on him now and they didn’t in the past. Some think that the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem has emboldened Israeli authorities to act more aggressively towards the city’s Palestinian residents.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli security guards at airport in Greece strip-search Arab Israeli couple before flight to Israel and demand to see their marriage license.**
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Don’t Blame Argentina, Blame the Occupation

By Elana Kravitz, APN intern

When you think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the first thing that comes to mind usually isn’t soccer. But this week, a soccer game in Israel became a highly symbolic political pawn used by the Palestinians, and specifically the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, against Israel.

The match, scheduled for Saturday in Jerusalem, was intended to be a “friendly” warm-up game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams before the World Cup next week. Palestine Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub pressured Argentina to back out of the match, even going so far as to encourage Palestinians to “burn their Messi [jerseys] and pictures and renounce him.” In the wake of this encouragement, Argentine soccer players, especially Messi, received numerous threats, leading the team to pull out of the match citing concerns about safety.

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