News Nosh: 7.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, July 13, 2018
Quote of the day:
“History has forced us not to remain silent in the face of injustice and to maintain a democracy that allows freedom of expression at all times, and we have learned in Majdanek (German concentration camp) not to remain silent in the face of injustice—any injustice.”
--Yesh Atid MK Yael German compared the Jewish Nation-State law to the silence of Polish citizens in the face of Holocaust atrocities during a debate on the bill in the Knesset.*
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Today, 13 leading American Jewish organizations submitted a letter to Knesset opposition leader Isaac Herzog expressing opposition to the discriminatory “Nation-State Bill,” which is currently advancing in the Knesset. The bill would alter Israel’s constitution-level Basic Law in ways that pose severe risks to minority rights and Israel’s democratic foundation. The letter is signed by the New Israel Fund, J Street, T’ruah, Americans for Peace Now, Ameiny, Avtzim’s Green Zionist Alliance, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair North America, Keshet, Reconstructing Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Right Now: Advocates for Asylum Seekers in Israel, and Tivnu: Building Justice.

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Legislative Round-up: July 11, 2018

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

1. Bills, Resolution, and Letters
2. Hearings and Markups
3. On the Record

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APN Briefing Call with Shibley Telhami (7/19, 2PM EST)

Professor Shibley Telhami, an expert on Palestinian politics and on U.S. Middle East policy joined us on a briefing call on Thursday July 19th, 2018.

One of America’s leading experts on the Middle East, Professor Telhami will comment on the current state of American-Palestinian relations, on Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian policy, on Trump’s prospective “peace plan,” and on the role of Arab governments in the current dynamics between the US, Israel and the Palestinians.  

Listen here.

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He is the co-editor of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011, and the author of The World through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East.


News Nosh: 7.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Quote of the day:
"(President) Reuven Rivlin, it must be said, cried out with great vigor and courage against the clause allowing community-acceptance committees to screen residents and its implications for the regime, but most liberals were simply horrified to read the reality when it was worded as a law."
--Gideon Levy writes about the controversial Jewish Nation-State law that the government is trying to pass in the Knesset.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Arab sector receives only 2% of revenues of welfare associations in Israel, although they are 20% of the population and 75% of the associations’ funding is from public coffers.*
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Elana Kravitz is a student at Columbia University studying Political Science and Arabic, currently an Americans for Peace Now intern

Mohammed Bin Salman was elevated to the status of crown prince of Saudi Arabia just over a year ago, and what a year it’s been. He quickly became an international celebrity better known as MBS, the man of the hour in the Middle East, and even a welcome presence on the Rock’s Instagram. He captured the world’s attention with a prolonged charm offensive and “revolutionary” reforms in Saudi Arabia such as allowing women to drive and disempowering the infamous Saudi Arabian religious police.

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News Nosh: 7.11.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Number of the day:
Israel's ranking in terms of powerful countries, according to an annual poll compiled by U.S. News and World Report.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Has the current coalition really reached such a low point that it has no way and no democratic right to enact an anti-democratic law?"
--On the subject of the controversial Jewish nation-state bill that the government is trying to pass, Maariv reporter Avishai Greenzweig writes in today's paper that it is wrong that a democratic country cannot enact an anti-democratic law.*
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PeaceCast #46: Jim Zogby Feels Vindicated

More than 40 years ago, Dr. James Zogby wrote a short book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and published it a couple of years later. The book, Palestinians: The Invisible Victims, was unique in that it laid out the Palestinian narrative of the conflict and its history at a time when this narrative was all but absent from the conversation on Israel-Palestine in the US.

Forty years later, Zogby talks about what has changed and what has not, and explains his somewhat surprising decision to take an old short book, dust it off, write a new introduction, and republish it as is.

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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.

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News Nosh 7.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 9, 2018
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
Israeli Minister of Science blocked the appointment of a top brain researcher for her support for refusal to do Israeli military service in the occupied Palestinian territories.* “But this is not just another news item. Because it is so small, miserable and insulting, despicable and disgraceful, this news item turns into a black flag flying over our faces. It needs to be read again, and again, and again, and it will still be difficult to contain the shame.” -- Top Maariv political commentator, Ben Caspit.**

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Israel blocked access to Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzuq's Twitter account after he expressed support for a Palestinian state on the '67 borders, Palestinian political unity and an end to the siege on Gaza.
"Not, God forbid, because of any inflammatory words, since those come a dime a dozen here – one only needs to listen to an interview with MK Bezalel Smotrich – but because Israel is concerned about the changes taking place in Hamas’ positions, and that Israelis might discover that there is another truth." -- Haaretz commentator Odeh Bisharat.***
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