News Nosh 4.8.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday April 8, 2018
Quote of the day:
"It’s hard to understand how one can look at tens of thousands of people in their cage and not see them. How is it possible to look at these protesters and not see the disaster wrought first and foremost by Israel. How can we absolve ourselves, putting everything on Hamas and not be shocked for a moment at the sight of the blood of innocents shed by IDF soldiers. How can a former Shin Bet security service chief instigate a growing protest here over an empty speech by the prime minister at an equally empty ceremony, while this massacre rouses barely a hiccup?"
--Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy slams the Israeli journalists and pundits competing to make the wittiest comments about the thousands of desperate Gazans.*
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Gaza Escalation

Palestinians announced their intention to hold peaceful demonstrations from Land Day (March 30) through Nakba Day (May 15), with Gaza as the focal point. APN and Shalom Achshav respect the right of Palestinians to protest nonviolently, and call on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise restraint and act responsibly to avoid further bloodshed. We call on Prime Minister Netanyahu to pursue a political solution.

Briefing Call Tuesday April 10th, 1pm with Israeli political columnist Akiva Eldar.


APN and Shalom Achshav Publications

3.30.2018 Press Release: APN Alarmed at Gaza Death Toll; Calls for Responsible Action to Prevent Further Deterioration
3.31.2018 Shalom Achshav: Netanyahu – Stop the Escalation Now!
4.2.2018 Video from Shalom Achshav protest at Likud HQ in Tel Aviv

3.19.2018 APN’s Debra Shushan in Haaretz: Trump’s Inept and Cruel Gaza Policies
PeaceCast epidode #23: Gaza Misery with Abby Smardon of UNRWA
PeaceCast episode #14: Gaza Unplugged
PeaceCast episode #13: Gaza Crisis and Qatar’s Role

They Say, We Say: What About Hamas and Gaza?

Recommended Reading

4.9.2018 Amos Yadlin for the Institute for National Security Studies: A Sense of Victory on Both Sides: A Recipe for Escalation in Gaza?
4.2.2018 The New York Times (editorial): Israel Courts Catastrophe in Gaza Protests
4.2.2018 International Crisis Group backgrounder: Gaza Protests Mark Shift in Palestinian National Consciousness
11.11.2017 B'tselem backgrounder on Gaza

Peace Now's Galia Golan in Los Angeles (Tues, April 10th)

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News Nosh 4.4.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
You Must Be Kidding: 

"The main source that applied European pressure on the Rwandan government to pull out of the agreement to remove the infiltrators from Israel is the New Israel Fund... [a] foreign organization that receives funding from foreign governments... [with the ultimate goal of] erasing the Jewish character of Israel."

-- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Listen: Briefing call with Israeli columnist Akiva Eldar (4.10.18)

APN hosted a briefing call Tuesday, April 10th, at 1:00 pm EST with veteran Israeli political columnist Akiva Eldar.

Eldar discussed the current Israel-Gaza crisis, Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing and legal challenges, Israel-US relations, and other political topics.

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News Nosh 4.3.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Quote of the day:
"I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."
-- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (read more here)

Number of the Day:
17 - The percentage that settlement growth has surged from the annual average since Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took office in 2009, according to a Peace Now report.**
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News Nosh 4.2.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, April 2, 2018
Quote of the day:
“[The IDF] will continue to act against the demonstrators in Gaza as we acted last Friday,” an army source said.
 -- Meaning the IDF will not shift to greater use of other crowd dispersal means (Haaretz)
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News Nosh 3.29.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 29, 2018

NOTE: News Nosh will come as a truncated version during the Passover holiday beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 30th through April 6th.
Quote of the day:
“I can tell them, look, you’ve suffered a lot as Jews around the world, and there were issues of suffering and agony in Spain or Europe. Don’t repeat what has been. You were treated badly in Europe during the war and also during the inquisition in Spain. Don’t repeat what you have suffered. You are causing the Palestinians suffering by pushing them to the wall. This land, Palestine, is the holy land for all the people of Abrahamic faiths, who lived together through history for centuries. I think we can all live here in this land – Muslims, Christians and Jews – in this blessed land Allah chose for all the good people of Palestine, Muslims, Jews and Christians. This is my message to the Jewish community in Israel or to the Jewish people in Israel.”
Senior Hamas official Dr. Ahmed Yousef tells Haaretz journalist Nir Gontarz in phone interview, when asked what he would like to say to people in Israel.*
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APN Vision of Peace Celebration, New York - Honoring Michael Walzer and Lara Friedman

Go HERE - or see below - for an invitation to the event with a link to make your reservation to join us in New York.

Note from Linda Heller Kamm, an event co-chair:

How wonderful that Americans for Peace Now has chosen Lara Friedman and Michael Walzer as the honorees for its upcoming Vision of Peace Celebration. Lara, APN’s former Director of Policy and Government Relations, has tirelessly represented the risks to Israel’s democratic and Jewish character of the expansion of settlements. Always armed with the facts, she has presented them clearly and accurately to both the State Department and the Congress while also alerting us all to the effects of Israel’s shortsighted policies.

Michael has been an APN stalwart and Board member from the very beginning. Better than anyone else, he has articulated the moral vision that should motivate the Jewish state and its supporters. Through his writings and his soft spoken but forceful clarity he has laid out the imperatives for a just and peaceful outcome to the conflict now in its 70th year.

And APN is always there. As it has provided a voice for reason, APN has built a community of Americans and Israelis who cherish the idea of an Israel that is a light to the nations and who never give up. We must give it our full support.

So please join APN and Lara and Michael in an evening of tribute and rededication to the hard work that still lies ahead.

Go HERE - or see below - for an invitation to the event with a link to make your reservation to join us in New York. I hope I'll see you there!!

Linda Heller Kamm

P.S. If you aren't able to attend, you can still join the celebration and congratulate the honorees, recognize the work of APN, or send a message of peace that will be shared that night in our tribute presentation. Just return the response card with your contribution and your message.

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Pro-Israel Jewish Organizations Condemn Dangerous Appointment of John Bolton

The following joint statement was issued on March 28, 2018 by Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, J Street, National Council of Jewish Women, the New Israel Fund and T’ruah:

“As American Jewish organizations and strong supporters of Israel, we are deeply alarmed by the appointment of John Bolton to serve as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. His long record shows him to be a fierce advocate for belligerent policies that would endanger the national security of the US, Israel and our allies around the world.

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