PeaceCast: #18: The Last Palestinian - Biography of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, where he focuses on Palestinian politics. Amir Tibon is the newly-appointed bureau chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Together, they authored a new biography of Mahmoud Abbas, (Abu Mazen) the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Chairman of the PLO.

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PeaceCast: #17: East and West Jerusalem Meet in Washington

Katya Lipovetzky, an Israeli, recently graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Hashem Sayyed, a Palestinian, recently graduated from al-Quds University, the Palestinian university of Jerusalem.

Hashem and Katya are APN's summer interns, working together to produce our second storytelling event, The Dove.

The two are enrolled in New Story Leadership, a summer program in Washington that gives young Israelis and Palestinians a chance to meet each other, to network, to learn how Washington works and to hone their leadership skills.

In this short episode, Ori Nir and Stephanie Breitsman talk with Katya and Hashem about their lives and the conflict. To meet the two of them and four more of the NSL fellows Come to The Dove  on July 20th, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC at 8:30 PM. If you can't attend, you'll be able to listen to these young people's stories on a special episode of PeaceCast. 

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APN/Peace Now in the News: July 8-14, 2017

APN's Aaron Mann in the Times of Israel: July 13, 2017
"American Jewish leaders must be vocal on prayer - and peace - in Israel"

The June 25th decision by the Israeli government to suspend the agreement to create a pluralistic prayer space at the Western Wall could not have been more poorly timed. Coinciding with a visit of American Jewish leaders to Israel and coupled with the government’s decision to further a bill tightening regulations on Jewish conversions, the message of disrespect, disregard, and rejection was thus maximized – as was the response.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the Union for Reform Judaism cancelled a planned dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, along with Rabbi Steve Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, called the decision a “betrayal.” Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America called the move “a direct insult.” The outrage even included this line from Michael Siegel, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel: “Support for Israel does not necessarily mean support for the Israeli government.” Continue reading...

News Nosh 7.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday July 14, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"This isn't a political matter. There are Jews and Arabs who die on the road. We call Road 60 'the Road of Caskets.'"
--Unnamed Palestinian official told Ynet why Palestinian politicians are working with a settler leader to fight car accidents in the northern West Bank.
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News Nosh 7.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday July 13, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"The High Court is the epitome of dictatorship, because no candidate has submitted his own nomination to the Nominations Committee. Did you see a job that nobody wants to present his candidacy? This is a dictatorship and the reign of terror, every (judge) is afraid that if he presents his candidacy he will be punished.”
—Likud MK Nurit Koren expressed opposition to the meticulously followed custom by which the eldest justice of Israel’s High Court automatically becomes Chief Justice. (The system is said to prevent harmful infighting at the court.)**
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News Nosh 7.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday July 12, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"I carry the scars of fighting on my body and know how to distinguish between good and evil, between right and wrong, and when the use of weapons is appropriate and when it is inappropriate. I was appalled when seeing cases in which force was used and lives were taken not in accordance to proper moral measures and standards.”
----In an exit interview published Monday on the official army website, former IDF deputy chief of staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan called on soldiers and officers to speak out on moral issues and improper use of force.*  

You Must Be Kidding: 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shelved an investigative initiative by the previous military advocate general, which recommended establishing a panel to investigate incidents where Israeli forces used massive firepower during the 2014 Gaza war, killing many innocent Palestinian civilians, including on 'Black Friday.'**
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News Nosh 7.11.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday July 11, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
"The time has come to dry up the [resources] used by leftist organizations that undermine the government, slander Israel and try to infringe on its right to defend itself. We must block their funding sources and prevent them from undermining the country."
--Likud MK Miki Zohar proposed a bill to bar foreign donations to Israeli human and civil rights organizations. 
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July 10, 2017 - Modi, Putin, Kim Jong-un

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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 the strategic significance of the first-ever official visit to Israel by the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi; Putin and Trump's ceasefire agreement in southwest Syria; and whether North Korea's nuclear and missile program is an Israeli concern.

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News Nosh 7.10.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday July 10, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"I have known Mahmoud for 20 years. The entire family is an inseparable part of the kibbutz, and we see them as part of our lives."
--Kibbutz Elon security coordinator Moshe Amsalem said after the kibbutz voted to accept Bedouin family of Mahmoud and Hadil Mazal as members.*
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News Nosh 7.9.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday July 9, 2017
 
Note: Due to technical difficulties, News Nosh is in a shorter format today.


You Must Be Kidding: 
A far-right Israeli extremist was released from house arrest after his grandmother kicked him out. No one checked with her before issuing the order of where he would be placed.
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