News Nosh 12.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, December 15, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"Why? Why are you beating him on the head? Do you want me to beat you on the head?"
--Palestinian woman yells in Hebrew to Israeli soldier in Hebron after he struck a 15-year-old youth on the head with his weapon, as seen in a chilling video clip filmed by B'tselem that went viral.

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News Nosh 12.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday December 14, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"What we should fear, as an aftershock of his reckless overturning of standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem, is a further tightening of the chokehold on the Palestinian population through midnight raids, demolitions and child arrests; the Israeli government support of radical settlers evicting Palestinians from their homes; continued settlement building; and the fast tracking of plans to simply dispose of one third of the city’s Palestinians in one legislative stroke."
--Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations & Advocacy at Ir Amim, writes in an Op-Ed in Haaretz+.

You Must Be Kidding: 
The head of media for Israel's 'Burning Man Festival' is a member of the far-right and racist organization Lehava, which encourages hatred of Arabs and xenophobia.
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News Nosh 12.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  

Number of the day:
45.
Percentage of Israelis who fear that their democracy is in “grave danger.” Most concerned were Jewish left-wing voters (72%) and Arabs (65%). Less than a quarter of Jewish right-wing and religious voters harbored such concerns.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“We were supposed to come to (the high school in) Nesher like we’ve been doing for more than a decade. Apparently someone in Nesher posted something on Facebook this morning, asking people to show up at the school. There were five or six people at the school entrance, yelling intolerable chants. They wished an Arab would kill me, as well as telling me that my mother was a whore.”
—Aharon Barnea, whose son was killed in Lebanon, was to give a lecture along with other Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents from the Parents Circle Family Forum, but instead was sent home by the Education Ministry.**
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Just in time for Chanukah - A terrific book and a terrific offer!

For a donation of $108 or more, APN will send you "City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement", by Dr. Sara Hirschhorn, who has written a Chanukah message for APN below.

Please note that all but $30 of your donation will be tax deductible and please be sure to put “Hilltop” in the comment field. We can send it to you or to the Chanukah-gift recipient of your choice, which you should also indicate in the comment field.


This Chanukah, it may seem to many of Americans for Peace Now’s supporters that the light of peace has snuffed out in the region. Will all the stakeholders somehow be able to burn the midnight oil to achieve a peace deal? Can the beacons of liberalism, democracy, and justice outshine forces of illiberalism, racism, and despair in Israel/Palestine? It seems like we may truly need a miracle to save the two state-solution this year.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War.

Many of us have watched with consternation as the current U.S. administration (with a new cast of characters in the White House that have long been associated with the right-wing) has changed enduring policies regarding the status of Jerusalem and possibly the settlements question. Yet, the story of American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement is one far deeper than a small circle advising the sitting president over the past few months. Iit is the saga of over 60,000 American Jews who chose to leave comfortable lives in the United States to settle at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict and make history over the past half-century. This Chanukah, we need to listen to scholars and policy-makers who can shed new light on these pressing issues for Israelis and Palestinians.

Best,

Sara


Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn is the University Research Lecturer in Israel Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Sidney Brichto Fellow, at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

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News Nosh 12.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 12, 2017  

Quote of the day:
“We do ourselves a disservice, in my opinion, when some of us focus our attention – primarily, if not exclusively – on the anti-Semitism generated by the anti-Israel left, while minimizing the impact of the bigotry and xenophobia emanating from the extreme right.”
Menachem Rosensaft, the general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and an expert on genocide, said at a Tel-Aviv conference on anti-Semitism organized by a right-wing organization. He also said that “white supremacist ideology that holds African-Americans and Hispanics to be inferior to Caucasians is every bit as reprehensible as anti-Semitism.”*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Settlers say they will vacate a contested building in Hebron, which they claim they bought from Palestinians and which the settlers infiltrated again after already being expelled from it by the Israeli army, if the state agrees to demolish an adjacent Palestinian-owned storage facility and allow the settlers to station their own guards at the building until a final decision is made on the building's rightful ownership.**
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Resist the policies of Netanyahu and Trump

It took Donald Trump less than a year. Now – after setting ablaze every sensitive issue in American public life and after alienating some of our closest international allies – he has tossed a firebomb into Jerusalem, the most combustible place on earth.

For those who had illusions about his ability to strike what he calls "the ultimate deal," Trump’s unilateral, reckless and diplomatically useless recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital serves as a bitter reality check.

Since Trump’s announcement last week, I’ve heard many doomsday expressions. The hyperbole, as well as the cycle of disappointment, violence and bloodshed make it easy to succumb to "hope fatigue."

Please read the following letter I’ve written for Americans for Peace Now about the remedy for such fatigue - it is being mailed now to tens of thousands of American households - and please consider including APN in your end-of-year giving.

If APN represents your voice, as it does mine, please consider joining me in making a generous year-end donation.

In peace,

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (12.11.17) - In the aftermath of Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

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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 Arab and Muslim reactions to President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem; some interesting responses from independent-minded Israelis and others; what everyone is fighting over and what "Alpher's Jerusalem"looks like; what it might look like if the Palestinian chief negotiator declared, “the two-state solution is over” and Palestinians begin to seek Israeli citizenship in a one-state solution.

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News Nosh 12.11.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday December 11, 2017

You Must Be Kidding: 
“They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us...(They) have no connection to this country.”
--Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said about the Arab-Israeli citizens who live in the Wadi Ara region, where a few dozen residents protested this week against the Trump Declaration by throwing stones at police cars and buses.**
 
Quote of the day:
"Perhaps the only good thing that can emerge from the various boycott laws that now seek to impose prison sentences for calling for a boycott is that it will finally be possible to imprison the corrupt and serial racist Lieberman."
--MK Esawi Freij (Meretz) said after Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Arab Israeli residents of the Wadi Ara region are not part of Israel and should be boycotted.**
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News Nosh 12.10.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday, December 10, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"True, it was just a few teens, but we mustn’t be naïve. They represent our society. They were taught this undemocratic civics, in the spirit of the commander. Faced with tens of thousands of demonstrators in Tel Aviv, they wouldn’t have dared, but faced with a few parents with young children, they did. Because in our aggressive reality, the most violent side wins."
--Israeli citizen Dana Genosar writes about what happened when a few families held their own little protest in Kfar Saba Saturday night against the government.*
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PeaceCast #32: Trump's Jerusalem Earthquake

On December 7th, 2017, APN hosted former US consul General in Jerusalem, Jacob (Jake) Walles. Ambassador Walles spoke about the repercussions of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his decision to start preparations for transferring America’s Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jacob Walles is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Tunisia, and counterterrorism. Throughout his 35-year career in the foreign service, he was U.S. ambassador to Tunisia (2012 to 2015), consul general and chief of mission in Jerusalem (2005 to 2009), and served as senior adviser in the State Department's Bureau of Counterterrorism (2015 to 2017). During his long career at the State Department, Walles was actively involved in Middle East peace negotiations, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 and continuing through the Obama administration.

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