Elul, the Jewish month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a time of reflection, soul-searching, and repentance. Even before we reach the holy days designated for new beginnings and atonement, Jews prepare to undertake tshuva, asking forgiveness both from our peers and from God. Each day in Elul, except for shabbat, we blow the shofar to awaken our slumbering consciences and reach out to God, who is held to be remarkably close and receptive to prayers during these weeks of spiritual preparation.
--Following the detention of Jewish-American journalist Peter Beinart and questioning about his political views by the Shin Bet at Ben-Gurion Airport, Iranian-American author and TV host, Reza Aslan, revealed on social media his recent ordeal when entering Israel.*
You Must Be Kidding:
"Instead of correcting this serious error after being notified, StandWithUs is now ignoring the truth and is doubling down and is repeating this erroneous claim in a new StandWithUs website post that Israeli policy supports a Palestinian state."
--One right-wing pro-Israel organization accused another right-wing pro-Israel organization of endangering Israel for 'falsely' accusing it of supporting the two-state solution.**
Prominent Jewish-American journalist, Peter Beinart, posted on Twitter after Israel's Shin Bet detained him at Ben-Gurion Airport and questioned him over his political views.*
--Maariv's Intel commentator writes how the Shin Bet has begun serving the right-wing ideological agenda of the government by detaining and interrogating Israelis and Jewish-Americans over to their left-wing views.**
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.
--Top Yedioth political commentator, Nahum Barnea, writes about the bruhaha over the Palestinian flags waved at the protest rally against the Nation-State Law.*
Quote of the Day #2:
"Testimony from the officers involved in the attack, which has been concealed from the public until now, confirms for the first time that the children — four cousins ages 10 and 11 — were pursued and killed by drone operators who somehow mistook them, in broad daylight, for Hamas militants."
--'The Intercept' reporter, Robert Mackey, saw the secret Israeli military police report on the 2014 Israeli missile attack on four Palestinian children on a Gaza beach, which was the most direct evidence to date that Israel has used armed drones to launch attacks in Gaza. And moreover, it was proof of how unreliable the use of those drones are.**
29:64 - Percentage of Israelis who are satisfied/dissatisfied with the way Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is acting with Hamas. (Maariv Poll)
Clip of APN Policy and Government Relations Director Debra Shushan speaking about the erosion to Israel's democracy as evidenced by the passing of the Nation State Law.
--50% of all Jewish Israelis who are detained are indicted, while only 35% of Arabs who are detained are charged in court. According to the study, this highlights the number of false arrests among Arab Israelis compared to the Jewish population. according to a study by the Israel Democracy Institute.*