News Nosh 2.22.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Quote of the day:
״I can’t remember such a period of weakness, of lack of leadership, as we are experiencing now. People who want to be leaders and are avoiding any ethical comment which might get them in trouble with the prime minister."
--Senior Yedioth political analyst Sima Kadmon wrote in an Op-Ed about the silence of the coalition politicians.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to allocate 50 million shekels to temporarily move 15 settler homes built on privately-owned Palestinian land located in an outpost not approved by the government.**
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News Nosh 2.21.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Quote of the Day #1:
“If Shlomo Filber is a state witness, it’s possible Netanyahu will part not only from the (Prime Minister’s) Residence on Balfour Street, but also from his villa in Caesarea for a much less comfortable bed.”
—Senior political analyst, Ben Caspit, writes in Maariv that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s days on the job are numbered following the agreement of one of his closest confidants to act as a state witness against him.*

Quote of the Day #2:
"It's neither cigars nor champagne. This is a bribe to a judge in Israel. Like the worst crime films. Netanyahu and his people cannot stay for another minute in power. This madness must stop.”
--Knesset Member Stav Shafir (Zionist Camp) wrote on Facebook after it was revealed that a Netanyahu confidant offered a judge an appointment in exchange for closing a case against Mrs. Netanyahu.**
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DC Event: Israeli Settlements and Annexation in the Trump-Netanyahu Era

Veteran Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar of Al-Monitor spoke at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC on February 20, in discussion with APN’s Debra Shushan. The focus of the event was recent steps towards annexation of the West Bank and the state of the settlement enterprise in the Trump-Netanyahu era.

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News Nosh 2.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 20, 2018
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
"Yes, I'm comparing the Rabin assassination to what's being done to the prime minister. I compare them because what's being done to (Netanyahu) is everything except taking his life."
--Chairman of the Knesset's House Committee MK Miki Zohar (Likud) compared the murder of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin to the corruption investigations against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and their media coverage, alleging that they were equally bad.*

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
"We have to thank God he sent Trump to be president of the United States."
--Settler leader Yaakov Katz says that last year the settler population in the West Bank grew twice as fast as Israel's overall population and 21.4% in the last five years. Peace Now said Katz's figures were "in the ballpark" of Peace Now's estimates.**
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Imagine this was your family

evacuation collage

This is the reality of Palestinian life in East Jerusalem today.

76% of all Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, including 83% of Palestinian children. Only 41% of Palestinian children are enrolled in official municipal schools, with 33% dropping out before 12th grade. And over a third of residents are not connected to Jerusalem's water infrastructure.*

Beyond those grim statistics lies the additional threat of home eviction – the fate that befell Mohammad Shamasneh and his family. After 45 years, through no fault of their own, the Shamasneh family was thrown out of their own house. They were forced to watch helplessly as right-wing settler ideologues occupied the home in which multiple generations of their family has been raised. Their lives have been upended ever since.

Reports have shown that at least 180 Palestinian families are at risk of eviction, with most of these cases initiated by settler organizations.

Through our "Shelter for the Shamasnehs" campaign, Americans for Peace Now is working to right this injustice. With over $4,000 raised so far, we're well on our way to achieving this goal – but we need your help. Join us and help make a real difference on the ground by finding a new home for the Shamasneh family.

(*Association for Civil Rights in Israel)

(**UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)

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News Nosh 2.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 19, 2018
Quote of the day:
"I wouldn't have removed my candidacy if it weren't for my feeling that some members of the committee, as it appears, are not ready, at least at this point, to appoint another Arab judge to the High Court, regardless of the candidates abilities and suitability. That fact is very regretful to me."
--Tel-Aviv District Court Judge, Khaled Kaboub, explained in a letter why he withdrew his candidacy for High Court Justice.*
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News Nosh 2.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 18, 2018
Quote of the day:
“I saw them crying and I started crying myself. I said to myself that if the attack were against my family sitting at the table, it would be the same thing. It’s hard to see an entire family disappear, it’s hard. Why is there no justice "
--Mudqaq Salah, a Palestinian man who murdered an Israeli security guard, said in an interview about the terror attack in Jerusalem that killed a Jewish family sitting in the Sbarro restaurant. In a special series of interviews, Ynet's Palestinian Affairs reporter Elior Levy interviewed former Palestinian prisoners who murdered Israelis and sat for decades in Israeli jails, during which they learned Hebrew and went through an 'Israelization' process and now support peace.*
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Legislative Round-Up - February 16, 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
  2. Hearings
  3.  On the Record
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News Nosh 2.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 16, 2018
Question and Answer of the Day:
Maariv Poll: In your opinion, does Netanyahu's involvement in the (corruption) investigations harm his ability to lead the country and deal with security crises?
Public: 59% say it harms, 32% say it doesn't harm, 9% have no opinion.
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News Nosh 2.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 15, 2018
Quote of the day:
“That’s how criminals talk, not public servants.”
--Leader of opposition party Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, responded to accusations from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's supporters that he was trying to make a 'coup' and that he was a 'lousy snitch' for speaking to police in the corruption cases against Netanyahu.*

You Must Be Kidding:
A panel from the Prime Minister’s Office appointed settlement leader Pinhas Wallerstein to head a team charged with legalizing unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, despite his involvement in illegal settlement construction on privately-owned Palestinian land, for which he was sharply rebuked by the High Court.**
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