This year . . .

Rosh Hashana is a time to reflect. If your reflection brings sadness - and rage - at the ongoing assault on the values and principles you hold dear, both at home and in Israel, we share this with you.

This year, the Israeli Knesset legislated that those of us in APN - who work against boycotts divestment and sanctions (BDS) directed at Israel but who advocate boycotting the occupation and products made in the settlements - are not welcome in the Jewish homeland. Israeli law now states that a visa will not be granted to us because we, as non-Israelis, and APN, the organization on whose behalf we work, knowingly published a public call to boycott the settlements.

This year, Israeli lawmakers put on the Knesset’s docket bills to bar foreign donations to Israeli human and civil rights organizations. Likud MK Miki Zohar, in proposing the bill, said: “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 thus prevent them from harming the state.” Not surprisingly, this bill targets progressive donors and does not affect the enormous financial contributions made to Israeli organizations by the likes of Sheldon Adelson.

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Shalom Achshav: Making a Difference!

Shalom Achshav (Peace Now)

Israel’s preeminent peace movement, Peace Now (Shalom Achshav), was established in 1978, when 348 Israeli senior reserve army officers and combat soldiers came together to urge their government to sign a peace treaty with Egypt. They knew then what remains true today: Real security for Israel can only be achieved through peace. In the years since its establishment, Shalom Achshav has worked for the achievement of peace agreements between Israel and all her Arab neighbors, and has come to be recognized, both in Israel and abroad, as Israel’s leading grassroots Zionist pro-peace movement.

With a small staff and a small budget, Peace Now runs several important programs to advance peace and democracy and to help keep the door open for a two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

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Listen here for APN's briefing call with Amb. Daniel Shapiro.

Like APN, Ambassador Daniel Shapiro has supported the two-state solution since the late 1980s, long before it became a tenet of America’s Middle East policy. As President Obama’s ambassador to Israel, Shapiro was a key member of the past administration’s team working to advance the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Now, with the Trump administration refusing to commit itself to this basic US policy position and with the situation on the ground turning increasingly less hospitable to this solution, Shapiro is examining other scenarios and trying to assess their likelihood and their potential implications. Read Shapiro’s recent Tablet article on this topic.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (9.11.17) - Israel’s emerging new security fronts

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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 Israeli Air Force's alleged attack on a Syrian missile plant deep in Syrian territory; whether this is Israel's only new security front; Israel's internal security; why the Border Patrol's theatre of action is a new security front; what Hamas is doing in Lebanon; the "front" of expanding global strategic reach; and what happened to the conventional Arab military challenge to Israel.

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News Nosh 9.11.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday September 11, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“We should not be surprised later when they burn or cut down Arabs’ olive trees, when they burn mosques or churches, and when they burn a family in Duma. We shouldn’t be surprised, yes. And the blood of the Dawabsheh family [burned to death in fire by Jewish right-wing extremists] in Duma and the Henkin family, the Henkin couple, which was murdered in a revenge attack [for the murders in] Duma, is on our hands”
—Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon, blamed incitement by right-wing ministers for the murder of the Dawabsheh family and the Henkin family.*
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News Nosh 9.10.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday September 10, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"People don't understand how much corruption affects every one of us. Think about what could have been done with two billion euros instead of it going for a ship deal that is not needed."
--Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to resign in the wake of all the criminal investigations involving him and those around him.**
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Legislative Round-Up: September 8, 2017

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived

  1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
  2. Hearings

Shameless self-promotion: Please check out these two op-ed by FMEP’s Lara Friedman, published during the congressional recess. The first challenges the arguments behind the Taylor Force Act and suggests that a broader policy agenda is in play (to which many supporters of the bill are probably oblivious). The second looks at the pending “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” using Lara Friedman as a case study to examine whether, indeed, the legislation would undermine constitutionally-protected free speech.

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News Nosh 9.8.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday September 8, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
“It’s like Holocaust deniers, it’s the same thing. They shout about Holocaust deniers in Iran, but they deny more than Holocaust deniers."
--Former chief rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar, compared Holocaust deniers and Reform Jews and concluded Reform Jews were worse because they reject traditional Jewish law.
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News Nosh 9.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 7, 2017
 
Quote of the Day #1:
“Because there are things permitted to write only in Hebrew, like, for example, ‘Death to Arabs. Burn them all. Give it to them.’ ‘It’s okay, they’re only trolls on Facebook.’ But if you write the word ‘resist’ in Arabic, it’s incitement and subversion against the government.”
Satirist Assaf Harel looks at claims by Culture Minister Miri Regev that a solidarity event for Dareen Tatour - an Arab-Israeli poet who has been charged with incitement and has been under house arrest for two years - was in fact "a stage for terrorism."*

Quote of the Day #2:
"The house on Kunder Street is the Zionist project’s model apartment, because here you get it all in a refined, condensed form. Here Israel says, without stammering: Entrance for Jews only. Exit for Arabs. Not only the right of return, but the right of property is also exclusively for Jews. A Jew who lost his home in 1948 will have his house returned to him with all respect. A Palestinian – and there were hundreds of thousands of them – has lost it forever. "
--Haaretz+'s GIdeon Levy writes about the meaning of the eviction this week of the Palestinian Shamasneh family from a pre-'48 Jewish-owned home, where they lived for 53 years as renters.**
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News Nosh 9.6.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 6, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“She is a judge who falls in the center of the scale between judicial activism and legal restraint. She is very rooted in the political-social experience and aware of the uproar that continuously surrounds the High Court. She is very aware of the value of the separation of powers, the need for the government to rule and the Knesset to be sovereign. But she will always fight for the rights of the little guy if those institutions harm him. She is considered a judge who is sensitive to the rights of accused and arrested…”
—Israeli judicial sources share with Yedioth the characteristics of the new High Court Chief Justice, Esther Hayut, and also note that she is very security-minded.*
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