News Nosh 6.27.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 27, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding:
"...you need to think about how to do things wisely, in a way that doesn't land you in investigations or arrest, but does work in practice. What it comes down to is creating a revolution in the country. What worked before, against the British, is not relevant today. We need something else." 
--Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, an extremist religious leader of Hilltop Youth from Yitzhar settlement, explained to them how they should act by interpreting the proverb 'For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war.'**
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Latest Podcast: #15: City on a Hilltop: American-Jewish West Bank Settlers

Around 15% of the Jewish settlers’ population in the West Bank are of American origin, American Jews who have made Aliyah (emigrated to Israel), and chose to settle the West Bank.

It feels as if their proportion is even larger, because they are so central to the ideological settlers’ movement, so active and so vociferous.

The expert on this issue is Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn, a lecturer at Oxford University in the UK. Her recently published book on this topic, is City on a Hilltop. Sara spoke about the focus of her research at a book event co-sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace and Americans for Peace Now at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC on June 25th. This show is an edited version of her talk. I moderated the discussion, and learned a lot.

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June 26, 2017 - Syria

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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 what it means for Israel and the US that Syria's President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the prolonged insurrection against him; why Israel has stepped up assistance, including military assistance, to relatively moderate Syrian rebel groups across the Golan border; what is changing with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon; where the US comes into the picture; and American boots on the ground in Syria and the bigger strategic picture.

 

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News Nosh 6.26.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 26, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"...Jews will be prohibited from doing what Karaites, a members of an 8th-century offshoot of Jewry that doesn’t believe in the force of the Talmud, were permitted to do in the 17th century: To pray in a manner that accords with their beliefs."
--David B. Green examines the cabinet’s decision cancel the agreement to establish an egalitarian space at the Wailing Wall for mixed-gender prayer.*
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News Nosh 6.25.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday June 25, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"'Breaking the Silence' organization calls on (Justice Minister Ayelet) Shaked not to limit her investigation to one activist, but to interrogate the hundreds who have broken their silence, in order that we can tell what we did in the Territories and about the daily violence perpetrated against the Palestinians."
--'Breaking the Silence' said in a statement after its spokesman was interrogated for giving testimony that he assaulted a Palestinian during his military service.*
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News Nosh 6.23.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 23, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Woe unto us if the State of Israel is defined entirely as 'the State of the will of the people.' Woe unto us if the Israel Defense Forces becomes the 'army of the will of the people'; if the High Court rules its laws according to the 'Constitution of the People's Will', if we replace the Knesset with a referendum."
--Speaking at the 2017 Herzliya Conference, President Reuven Rivln warned that Israel is moving towards anarchy.*
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News Nosh 6.22.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 22, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"I did not find these actions amount to abuse."
--Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Yaron Mientkavich said after he acquitted female Border Police soldier, Yasmin Kontenta, of charges of abuse, fraud and breach of trust, after she tried to take a 'selfie' with a 15-year-old Palestinian girl, who was handcuffed and blindfolded, and yanked her by her hair to stand her up. Kontenta was convicted only of assault.*
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Meet APN’s 2017 summer interns: Jessica Klein, Hashem Sayed, and Katya Lipovetsky!

(From left to right: Hashem Sayed, Jessica Klein, and Katya Lipovetsky)

As we do every summer, we are hosting an intern enrolled in the Union for Reform Judaism Machon Kaplan program. This year, our Machon Kaplan intern is Jessica Klein of New Rochelle NY, a rising junior at Penn State University.

And, for the seventh consecutive year, we are hosting interns enrolled in the New Story Leadership (NSL) program, which gives young Israelis and Palestinians the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington, DC engaging each other in intense dialogue, forging relationships, and building their narrative and leadership skills.

Our NSL interns this year are Hashem Sayed and Katya Lipovetsky. Hashem is a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. He has a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Al-Quds University and recently received a full-scholarship for a Masters program in Environmental Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University. He sees his future career as an academic researcher in anthropology, encouraging development in Palestinian communities by raising awareness about sustainability saving the environment. Katya, an Israeli,  has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology-Anthropology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and recently completed an internship with Concordia Summit in New York, where she worked with the Social Impact team on campaigns against labor trafficking, food waste and supply, animal welfare and more. Katya is eager to see what life will bring and how her experience in NSL and with APN will shape her understanding and broaden her horizons.

News Nosh 6.21.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 21, 2017
 
Number of the day:
6.
--Percentage of Israelis who support annexing the West Bank, according to a poll.*
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News Nosh 6.20.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 20, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm."
---Imam Mohammed Mahmoud said about the man accused of driving a van into a crowd of worshippers outside the mosque where he serves in London. Mahmoud restrained the mob that had surrounded the driver.*
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