News Nosh 11.7.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"...members of the Jewish Federations of North America have been playing fast and loose with this loophole.”
--Americans for Peace Now called on the Jewish Federations of North America to stop allowing donations to settlements in the West Bank, after Haaretz revealed that a humanitarian amendment to its no-settlement funding policy has allowed funds to go to such things as evicting Palestinians from their homes and running schools built on privately-owned Palestinian land.*
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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 officially cultiated legacy of Yitzhak Rabin and whether it corresponds with the man himself; his take on the Balfour Declaration; the legacy of Rafiq and Saad Hariri for Lebanon and the Levant; and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's arrest of tens of princes, ministers and former ministers for “corruption.”

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News Nosh 11.6.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday November 6, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli government's Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted Sunday to support an amendment to the so-called anti-boycott law, which would allow Israelis to sue and receive compensation of up to 500,000 shekels (around $143,000) from anyone who calls for a boycott of the settlements or of Israel, without the need to prove that any damage resulted.**
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News Nosh 11.5.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday November 5, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"In the past, we've known military dangers that threatened our existence, and we withstood them with bravery. Today, Israel is stronger than any military threat. At this time, we are facing different kinds of existential threats—internal ones...They come from the dispute over the future of Judea and Samaria. This type of dispute threatens to spark a conflict among brothers."
--Commanders for Israel's Security leader Maj. Gen. (res.) Amnon Reshef, one of the organizers of Saturday night's rally in memory of Yitzhak Rabin, warned of intra-Israeli conflict and added that separation from the Palestinians was possible without compromising security.*
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News Nosh 11.3.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday November 3, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“While the media is busy reporting on dubious draft laws and disagreement on marking the anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, the state is sunk in a security emergency that is barely felt by most Israelis.”
—Haaretz+ military affairs analyst Amos Harel writes that Israel’s ‘pro-active’ acts in the north and south, i.e. bombing an Islamic Jihad tunnel that reached the Israel-Gaza border and then not allowing search and retrieval of missing bodies and the bombing of a Hezbollah weapons factory in Syria, could have dire consequences, for which the army has decided to maintain a high state of alert.**
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On November 2nd 2017, APN hosted a briefing call on efforts to confront anti-boycott legislation that violated Americans’ First Amendment liberties and conflates Israel and West Bank settlements. Our briefer was ACLU Staff Attorney Brian Hauss, who leads the American Civil Liberties Union’s litigation on this issue.

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News Nosh 11.2.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday November 2, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"It's absolutely clear a political murder could happen at any moment in light of the ongoing incitement. One of our problems is that we still can't heal the wound from Rabin's murder."
--Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday, the day marking 22 years since former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Birthright, the organization that brings young Jewish adults on free, 10-day visits to Israel, has instructed its trip providers to stop including meetings with Israeli Arabs on their itineraries.**
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PeaceCast #26: First Intifada, 30 Years Later

After a hiatus of about a month (vacation, Jewish High Holidays, heavy workload), PeaceCast is returning with a special episode, marking the 30th anniversary of the first intifada, the Palestinian popular uprising that started on December 9th 1987.

This episode features conversation between three reporters who covered the first intifada: Mary Curtius, who then reported for the Christian Science Monitor and later for the Boston Globe, Joel Greenberg, who then worked for the Jerusalem post (and later covered Israel for the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other US and British newspapers) and Ori Nir, who then covered Palestinian affairs for Israel’s Haaretz.

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News Nosh 11.1.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 1, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"It’s hard to think of any other Israeli public figure who better symbolizes moderation and Arab-Jewish coexistence than [MK Zouheir] Bahloul. So what was there in what he said to earn him the name of an extremist? It seems his crime begins and ends with the fact that he is an Israeli Arab."
--Haaretz Editorial slams new Labor party chief Avi Gabbay for calling fellow Labor party MK Zouheir Bahloul an 'extremist' for saying he would not attend the ceremony in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.*
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APN Briefing Call (Thurs 11/2, 1pm EST) with Brian Hauss of the ACLU

Please join us for a call with Brian Hauss of the ACLU who will brief us on First Amendment issues concerning anti-BDS/pro-settlements legislation.

Brian is the lead attorney for the ACLU in its lawsuit challenging the Kansas law that requires all state contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel and/or settlements in the West Bank. The ACLU is representing Esther Koontz, a Kansas math teacher and trainer who was removed from a teacher training program administered by the Kansas Department of Education when she would not sign a contract certifying that she does not boycott Israel – or companies profiting from settlements in the Occupied Territories.

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