News Nosh: June 15, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday June 15, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“My hope is I get to see my Jewish brothers and sisters roam freely from Jerusalem to Ramallah, to Babylon and to the Nile, and for my fellow Arabs and Muslims to walk through Israel without fear of having an Israel stamp in their passports.”
--Sarah Idan, aka “Miss Iraq,” said during her visit this week to Israel where she met up with her friend, "Miss Israel," from the 2017 Miss Universe contest. Idan’s family was forced to flee Iraq after she posted a selfie of the two women in 2017.

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And while this week Miss Iraq visited Israel and the new political leader of Iraq called for Iraqi Jews to return to Iraq, dozens of Israelis in the Israeli city of Afula demonstrated yesterday again against the sale of a home to an Arab-Israeli family. And while the police last month detained 21 peaceful Arab-Israeli protesters in Haifa and injured seven of them, it "settled" for restraining the Jewish-Israeli protesters in Afula to the curbs and detained none.
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News Nosh: June 14, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 14, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“Today I write to you and my heart is on the verge of tears. I read the High Court's decision regarding our Bedouin neighbors. It is clear that the four petitions submitted by the (Kfar Adumim settlement) Association contributed to a decision that would enable the forcible evacuation of our Bedouin neighbors. From here, I cannot understand why the community leadership chose to act to expel our neighbors. What instinct has led us to want the destruction of their homes? What morality has motivated us to want to expel people for the second time, after their families were already expelled from the State of Israel in the 1950s? What imperviousness, and perhaps arrogance, led us to refuse to join the proposal of members of the community to reach a jointly agreed solution? What logic made us open a terrible account with those who live next to us? The Bedouin houses are illegal. Maintaining the law is essential to the welfare of society. But this was not the principle that was of top concern to the leadership of the community. If this were the case, it would have prevented unauthorized construction inside (our own) community, before it acted against illegal construction by the Bedouin. It eyes were set on other considerations, not keeping the law and not good neighborliness. I hope that there were no considerations regarding the fact that our neighbors are not Jews, because these are unacceptable to me as a Jew.”
—Part of a letter written this week by former Jewish Agency chairman, Sallai Meridor, slamming his fellow settlers at Kfar Adumim settlement where he lives, for their actions to get rid of their Bedouin neighbors, the village of Khan al-Ahmar.*
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Whose side are you on?

Take a look at this photo.

It shows an Israeli police officer suffering a head injury yesterday in the West Bank, just south of Bethlehem. Who attacked him? A Palestinian? Hamas? No. Rock-throwing Jewish settlers. 

These hoodlums were part of a crowd of hundreds of right-wing zealots who gathered at Netiv Haavot, an illegal outpost, to protect buildings that settlers built on stolen land, privately owned by Palestinians.

Yesterday’s clashes went on for hours. Settlers gathered in the structures and on roofs, pelting police officers with rocks, bottles, and paint canisters.

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News Nosh: June 13, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 13, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"Israelis and Iranians, we are family. That is since the days of King Cyrus 2000 years ago. These are just governments that ruin it all because of religion."
--Reza, an Iranian fan attending the World Cup, welcomed two Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth reporters he met at the hotel dining room.*

Quote of the Day #2:
״So I have this background that allows me to look at things from a different perspective, and to some extent that allowed me to make the movie, since I didn’t buy into the threats that most Israelis believe in – according to which most Palestinians are terrorists and it’s very dangerous to go there. My complicated identity allowed me to observe this from a slightly different angle.”
—Argentina-born Jewish Israeli filmmaker, Ines Moldavsky, made a prize-winning film about dating Palestinian men from the West Bank.**
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PeaceCast #43: Omar Shaban sees hope in Gaza

Omar Shaban is the founder and director of PalThink for Strategic Studies, a Gaza City-based think tank, or as Shaban likes to call it, a “think and do tank.”

Debra Shushan, Stephanie Breitsman and Ori Nir sat with Shaban at APN’s office in Washington on Friday June 8th, for a long, fascinating conversation on the economy, society, and politics of the Gaza Strip.

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News Nosh: June 12, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“Fifty years I’m here – since the Jordanian era. There are adults who bought from me when they were children. I don’t know what they want.”
—Like other Palestinians in E. Jerusalem, Marwan Sumara, 77, who sells juice in the Old City dressed in a white fez and traditional vest during Ramaddan, says Jerusalem Municipality officials are picking on him now and they didn’t in the past. Some think that the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem has emboldened Israeli authorities to act more aggressively towards the city’s Palestinian residents.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli security guards at airport in Greece strip-search Arab Israeli couple before flight to Israel and demand to see their marriage license.**
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Don’t Blame Argentina, Blame the Occupation

By Elana Kravitz, APN intern

When you think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the first thing that comes to mind usually isn’t soccer. But this week, a soccer game in Israel became a highly symbolic political pawn used by the Palestinians, and specifically the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, against Israel.

The match, scheduled for Saturday in Jerusalem, was intended to be a “friendly” warm-up game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams before the World Cup next week. Palestine Football Association chief Jibril Rajoub pressured Argentina to back out of the match, even going so far as to encourage Palestinians to “burn their Messi [jerseys] and pictures and renounce him.” In the wake of this encouragement, Argentine soccer players, especially Messi, received numerous threats, leading the team to pull out of the match citing concerns about safety.

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Legislative Round-up - June 8, 2018

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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 whether Kim Jung-un will show Iran how to fool Trump on nuclear issues; how the nuclear summit and its outcome in Singapore directly affect the US approach to Iran; where the so-called Libya precedent comes into the picture; and Trump's comment that abandoning the Iran nuclear deal is already paying off.

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News Nosh: June 11, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 11, 2018
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“I just saw that there were realities beyond what was on my plate, and those realities almost inevitably informed what was – or was not – for dinner…I came away from the experience deeply embittered, confused – and determined to make television differently than I had before.”
--Anthony Bourdain once explained that a visit to Beirut changed the way he reported on food, and later took him to places of conflict. Haaretz's Dina Kraft wrote that it was his depictions of everyday life in Gaza that drew the strongest reactions, particularly from Palestinians, who along with others across the Middle East, now shared their sadness at his passing.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“The problem - it is not profitable to the security establishment. This system can not be sold to anyone. Its operation is also cheap, so it is impossible to make a living from it.”
—Dr. Oded Amichai, an Israeli expert on homefront defense, laser and military technology, missiles and rockets writes in Maariv that Israel avoids using cheap efficient equipment against Palestinian drones and rockets and instead uses expensive equipment it has developed because that helps sell it abroad.**

You Must Be Kidding: 
**Israel admitted in court that it allotted East Jerusalem land to a Jewish settler group, which intends to evict the 700 Palestinians living there, without making proper checks about the nature of the trust that holds the land or the Ottoman-era law that applies in the case.***
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