New report from Peace Now: "The Truth about the Nativ Ha’Avot Outpost"

On September 1st, 2016, the Supreme Court ordered that 13 illegal houses the were built on private Palestinian land in the outpost of Nativ Ha’avot will be dismantled by March 6th, 2018. Since this ruling, the settlers have imposed tremendous pressure on the government to resist the implementation of the ruling. They issued a public campaign full of misleading information, inaccuracies and downright lies, in order to raise public support for their struggle.

Peace Now, which petitioned the court together with the Palestinian landowners, sets the record straight in the following “Nativ Ha’Avot File” – replete with all the facts and proof regarding the land grab and the illegality of the outpost.

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News Nosh 12.19.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"So much restraint, the world needs to learn from our soldiers. The proof of the humanity of the Jewish people."
--A social media post by an Israeli, quoted in Maariv, reacting to the video clip of the incident Friday where Palestinian girls cursed and hit Israeli soldiers, who were in front of a village home in Nebi Saleh, and the soldiers did not respond with physical force.*

You Must Be Kidding:
A settler teen who attacked a human rights activist rabbi at knife in the West Bank point got sentenced to community service. A Palestinian who threw stones at a group of settler hikers near his West Bank village, according to him, after one of the settlers shot dead a village farmer, was charged with attempted murder. The IDF closed the case against the settler who killed the farmer. **
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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 important lessons from Trump’s December 6 declaration on Jerusalem; how the administration's recent statement - “We cannot envision any situation under which the Western Wall would not be part of Israel” - made the situation worse; if we're looking at a new intifada; examples from the recent past wherein far more sophisticated attempts at fostering peace ended up doing more damage than good; and other empty slogans related to the peace process.

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News Nosh 12.18.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, December 18, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Allow us to question, allow us to doubt and allow us to hear others, even if we disagree...We are opinionated and concerned youth who want to dream of peace. Please don’t take away our dream. Do not underestimate the value of knowing the other, do not harm democracy."
--Students at a Nesher high school wrote to the Ministry of Education to protest the Ministry's cancellation of a meeting for bereaved parents—both Jewish and Palestinian - at the school.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
11,000 Arab teachers are waiting for placements by the Education Ministry, which has a shortage of teachers. Many educated Arab teachers wait over a decade for a job, Haaretz+ reports.**
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News Nosh 12.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday December 17, 2017
 
Quote of the Day:
"He stood out among the crowd of demonstrators, for sure: A double amputee, he was advancing in his wheelchair, getting off it and moving quickly with the aid of his arms, going eastward across a sandy mound. Did his courage and fearlessness unsettle a soldier on the Israeli side of the fence?"
--Haaretz reporter Amira Hass looks at the shooting of a legless man, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, killed by a bullet to the head Friday and asks what danger did he pose.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Shocked parents discovered: Israeli 4th-graders' book for Torah studies included an explanation of the term 'whore': "A woman who has sex with men in exchange for payment."**
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News Nosh 12.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, December 15, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"Why? Why are you beating him on the head? Do you want me to beat you on the head?"
--Palestinian woman yells in Hebrew to Israeli soldier in Hebron after he struck a 15-year-old youth on the head with his weapon, as seen in a chilling video clip filmed by B'tselem that went viral.

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News Nosh 12.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday December 14, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"What we should fear, as an aftershock of his reckless overturning of standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem, is a further tightening of the chokehold on the Palestinian population through midnight raids, demolitions and child arrests; the Israeli government support of radical settlers evicting Palestinians from their homes; continued settlement building; and the fast tracking of plans to simply dispose of one third of the city’s Palestinians in one legislative stroke."
--Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations & Advocacy at Ir Amim, writes in an Op-Ed in Haaretz+.

You Must Be Kidding: 
The head of media for Israel's 'Burning Man Festival' is a member of the far-right and racist organization Lehava, which encourages hatred of Arabs and xenophobia.
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News Nosh 12.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  

Number of the day:
45.
Percentage of Israelis who fear that their democracy is in “grave danger.” Most concerned were Jewish left-wing voters (72%) and Arabs (65%). Less than a quarter of Jewish right-wing and religious voters harbored such concerns.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“We were supposed to come to (the high school in) Nesher like we’ve been doing for more than a decade. Apparently someone in Nesher posted something on Facebook this morning, asking people to show up at the school. There were five or six people at the school entrance, yelling intolerable chants. They wished an Arab would kill me, as well as telling me that my mother was a whore.”
—Aharon Barnea, whose son was killed in Lebanon, was to give a lecture along with other Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents from the Parents Circle Family Forum, but instead was sent home by the Education Ministry.**
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Just in time for Chanukah - A terrific book and a terrific offer!

For a donation of $108 or more, APN will send you "City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement", by Dr. Sara Hirschhorn, who has written a Chanukah message for APN below.

Please note that all but $30 of your donation will be tax deductible and please be sure to put “Hilltop” in the comment field. We can send it to you or to the Chanukah-gift recipient of your choice, which you should also indicate in the comment field.


This Chanukah, it may seem to many of Americans for Peace Now’s supporters that the light of peace has snuffed out in the region. Will all the stakeholders somehow be able to burn the midnight oil to achieve a peace deal? Can the beacons of liberalism, democracy, and justice outshine forces of illiberalism, racism, and despair in Israel/Palestine? It seems like we may truly need a miracle to save the two state-solution this year.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War.

Many of us have watched with consternation as the current U.S. administration (with a new cast of characters in the White House that have long been associated with the right-wing) has changed enduring policies regarding the status of Jerusalem and possibly the settlements question. Yet, the story of American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement is one far deeper than a small circle advising the sitting president over the past few months. Iit is the saga of over 60,000 American Jews who chose to leave comfortable lives in the United States to settle at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict and make history over the past half-century. This Chanukah, we need to listen to scholars and policy-makers who can shed new light on these pressing issues for Israelis and Palestinians.

Best,

Sara


Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn is the University Research Lecturer in Israel Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Sidney Brichto Fellow, at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford

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News Nosh 12.12.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 12, 2017  

Quote of the day:
“We do ourselves a disservice, in my opinion, when some of us focus our attention – primarily, if not exclusively – on the anti-Semitism generated by the anti-Israel left, while minimizing the impact of the bigotry and xenophobia emanating from the extreme right.”
Menachem Rosensaft, the general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and an expert on genocide, said at a Tel-Aviv conference on anti-Semitism organized by a right-wing organization. He also said that “white supremacist ideology that holds African-Americans and Hispanics to be inferior to Caucasians is every bit as reprehensible as anti-Semitism.”*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Settlers say they will vacate a contested building in Hebron, which they claim they bought from Palestinians and which the settlers infiltrated again after already being expelled from it by the Israeli army, if the state agrees to demolish an adjacent Palestinian-owned storage facility and allow the settlers to station their own guards at the building until a final decision is made on the building's rightful ownership.**
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