APN in the News: November 3 - 17, 2017

APN Board Member Letty Cottin Pogrebin in Moment Magazine: November 1, 2017
"Seeing Israel in its Contradictory Glory"

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (Haaretz story): November 7, 2017
"Americans for Peace Now Calls on Jewish Federations to Cease Settlement Funding," Pulitzer Center republished our story in Haaretz.

Haaretz: November 6, 2017
"Americans for Peace Now Calls on Jewish Federations to Cease Settlement Funding," In response to a Haaretz report, Americans for Peace Now called on the Jewish Federations to cease settlement funding.




Peace Now in the News October 21 - 27, 2017

Times of Israel: October 27, 2017
"State taps settler leader to head body that legalizes outposts," Peace Now outraged as state appoints settler leader to head committee that would legalize outposts.

Jerusalem Post: October 27, 2017
"Settler leader to head gov’t drive to legalize outposts," Peace Now condemns Netanyahu's appointment of settler leader to head committee that would legalize structures in illegal outpost.

Jerusalem Post: October 26, 2017
"Ministers to vote on bill to annex 19 settlements to Jerusalem," Peace Now blasts government intention to endorse bill that would annex 19 settlements to Jerusalem.

Al-Monitor: October 23, 2017
"Israel, US coordinated on settlement construction," Peace Now data quoted in story on West Bank settlement construction.

Times of Israel: October 23, 2017
"4 new lawmakers sworn in after Meretz, Zionist Union MKs quit," Former Peace Now Secretary General Mossi Raz sworn in as Knesset member.

APN in the News October 21 - 27, 2017

APN's Aaron Mann in Times of Israel: October 23, 2017,
"Dangerously ‘imprecise’ on Israeli settlements"

Haaretz: October 27, 2017
"U.S. Unfazed by Israeli Bill That Would Annex Settlements to Jerusalem Because It May Not Pass," APN calls on Trump to block Israeli legislation that would annex settlements to Jerusalem.

News Nosh 11.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday November 17, 2017
You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel Claimed Iran Refused Its Offer for Humanitarian Aid. Red Cross Says Otherwise. (Haaretz+)

Breaking News:
Two Israelis Wounded in West Bank Car-ramming Attack
A 17-year-old Palestinian from Halhoul carried out the attack at two junctions between Alon Shvut and Efrat settlements on Friday morning injuring two Israelis before exiting the vehicle and attempting to stab Israeli soldiers present. He was shot at and injured. (Haaretz and Ynet)
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PeaceCast #28: Jerusalem and Peace in the Trump-Bibi Era

Daniel Seidemann, director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, is one of the world’s leading experts on Jerusalem, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and Jerusalem-related requirements for a future Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

On November 14th 2017, APN hosted Seidemann for a discussion about the current situation in Jerusalem and the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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News Nosh 11.16.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday November 16, 2017
Quote of the day:
“Let’s face it: In exile, for hundreds of years, the Jewish nation produced the wisest people in the world, and in 70 years of sovereignty it succeeded in becoming extremely stupid.”
—Haaretz investigative reporter Uri Misgav writes that there is no place in the world today where Jews are harassed about their Jewishness like they are in Israel.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit issued a legal opinion that privately-owned Palestinian land may be expropriated for settlement public purposes in order to assist with the legalization of the illegal outpost of Harsha, near Ramallah, which Israel did not authorize mainly because of an access road to the outpost that goes through privately-owned Palestinian land.**
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News Nosh 11.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 15, 2017
Quote of the Day #1:
"I'm a leftist, I'm Jewish and there's nothing wrong with my memory."
--Social media post by Zionist Union MK Mickey Rosenthal following statement by faction leader Avi Gabbay that 'the Left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish.'*
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At ZOA Gala, Ambassador Friedman Shows Again Why He Should Be Fired

In a speech at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual dinner, David Friedman showed, once again, why he should be removed from his post as US Ambassador to Israel.

The shamefulness of Friedman’s appearance stems in part from the despicable company with which he associated himself. Featured prominently at the ZOA gala were the likes of Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka. In his speech, Bannon proclaimed himself to be a “Christian Zionist” even as he employed common anti-Semitic dog whistles, like characterizing his opponents as the “permanent globalist class.” Bannon received enthusiastic cheers from the ZOA crowd, who represent the far-Right fringe of American Jewry, and was “proudly” welcomed by the organization’s president, Morton Klein. Sebastian Gorka, formerly a prominent Trump adviser who The Forward has identified as a member of extremist Right-wing Hungarian organization Vitezi Rend, was seated at the head table. Other notable attendees included Sean Spicer, who famously dubbed concentration camps “Holocaust centers” and claimed that Hitler did not use chemical weapons against his own people, conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, and alt-right gadfly Laura Loomer.

As contemptible as the company Ambassador Friedman kept at the ZOA fête was, it was his own remarks after receiving an award for “outstanding diplomacy” that illustrate – once again – why he should be fired.

Apparently, no one has told Friedman that ambassadors are diplomats who represent the interests of the countries they serve, rather than engage in partisan attacks. Friedman used his platform to attack former President Barack Obama, referring to “the dark days of last December” when Obama committed “perhaps the greatest betrayal of Israel by a sitting president in American history.” This is a patently false smear, as APN pointed out when President Obama took the courageous decision not to exercise the US veto against UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which reaffirmed the status of the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territory and urged countries to maintain a distinction in all their dealings between Israel within the Green Line and West Bank settlements. On the watch of every other American president since 1967, the US abstained on or even voted for multiple Security Council resolutions critical of Israel. In eight years, Obama did it once.

One would think no one should have to tell Ambassador Friedman that his job is to represent the United States. Yet, Friedman seems confused on this point. He had no trouble rehearsing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top three foreign policy priorities (hint: Iran, Iran, and Iran). And Friedman took pains to brag that “there is no daylight between the United States and Israel” when it comes to Bibi’s anti-Iran agenda. By contrast, there was no discussion about an American foreign policy agenda or strategy, no indication of what a Trump peace plan might look like, and certainly no embrace of the two-state solution, to which Friedman has been doctrinally opposed.

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A long-term supporter of settlements, Friedman declined to utter this word in his remarks. Using the Biblical terminology of Judea and Samaria when referring to the West Bank, Friedman spoke of “building a house in the Samarian village of Halamish” as a quotidian act. In fact, this settlement deep in the occupied West Bank near Ramallah and others like it threaten the prospects of Palestinian statehood and thus a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At an event at which prominent figures with ties to the alt-right were well-represented, Friedman used the Holocaust to establish beyond question the pro-Israel bona fides of himself and others in the Trump Administration. Because Jared Kushner is the grandson of Holocaust survivors, “he doesn’t just understand the importance of the US-Israel relationship, he feels it profoundly within his heart,” said Friedman. And Friedman began his speech with the story of his 15-year-old daughter who had just sent the family a picture of herself on a class trip to Auschwitz, wrapped in an Israeli flag. Said Friedman, “No picture better represents who we are, what we are, and what we are fighting for.” Just who is the “we” to whom Friedman refers? Is it the American people, who are not only Jews, of course, but people of indigenous, Italian, Irish, German, and (dare we say) Arab heritage?

In focusing on the outrageous presence of Bannon and his cronies at the ZOA gala, it would be easy enough to miss the significance of Ambassador Friedman’s appearance and remarks there. That would be a mistake.

APN is proud to lead the way in calling on President Trump to fire him. Join us.   

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News Nosh 11.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
November 14, 2017

Quote of the day:
"Rabin understood that a good life would not be possible here without global support: You can call everyone anti-Semitic from here to Oslo, but as much as we deny it, there is no existence to a start-up called 'Israel' without the willingness of the enlightened world to continue investing in it."
--Commentator Nir Kipnis writes in today's Maariv.*
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Fatigued? Letty Cottin Pogrebin is still inspired!

Like many activists in the peace camp, I’m occasionally afflicted with “hope fatigue” as I watch the Israeli government give up on the pursuit of peace...Click here to read why Letty Cottin Pogrebin is saying "Fuggetabout it."

Long time APN Board member Letty Cottin Pogrebin has shared her thoughts with us over the years. Her writing is incisive and powerful and she remains both inspired and inspiring. Read, or re-read some of her top essays on our round up here, and don't miss her most recent essay for us here.

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