Oded Adomi Leshem, a doctoral student at George Mason University’s School for Conflict
Analysis and Resolution is an expert on hope. One of his areas of expertise is strategies for impacting
Israeli public opinion to be more supportive of peace. A new study that he recently published shows that messages of hope from Palestinians can go a
long way in fostering and enhancing hope among Jewish Israelis. Listen to our February 16th
2016 conversation with Leshem.
On January 14, 2016, APN, together with New Israel Fund (NIF), J Street, Ameinu, T’ruah, Partners for
Progressive Israel (PPI), Foundation for Middle-East Peace (FMEP), and B'Tselem USA, hosted MK Merav Michaeli,
former Deputy Knesset Speaker Naomi Chazan, and Attorney Michael Sfard, moderated by Matt Duss, President of
the Foundation for Middle East Peace for a conversation on the legislation now being considered by the Knesset that
targets progressive NGOs for extra scrutiny of their foreign donations, but does not require similar scrutiny of
right-wing or settler groups.
This legislation is part of a long-term effort by some Israeli hardliners, backed by the government, to weaken
Israel’s democracy by stifling dissent. While its supporters attempt to liken it to existing US law, it has drawn
significant opposition from many quarters, both within Israel, from the US State Department
and among the American Jewish community. And still, there is a real possibility that the bill will pass in the next
On January 6, 2016, APN hosted Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer of the Israel Democracy Institute for a conversation
on the current state of Israeli democracy, as it faces new government measures to enhance the Netanyahu
government’s hegemony and to stifle dissent.
Professor Mordechai Kremnitzer is Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute
(IDI) and Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, where he served as Dean. He is
an expert on criminal, military, and public law, and widely considered as a leading expert on Israeli democracy and
democracy education. At the IDI, he has been leading the following projects: Constitutional Principles and their
Implementation, National Security and Democracy, Arab-Jewish Relations, and Proportionality in Public Policy.
Warren Spielberg is an associate teaching professor at the New School for Public Engagement
in New York and a fellow at the Child Institute at al-Quds University in the West Bank. On November 24, we
talked to him about his recent study on young Palestinian men in East Jerusalem. We focused on the causes for
frustration and anger among them in order to better understand some of the background causes for the current
violence in Jerusalem. Prof. Spielberg also spoke about his newly published book, a study of young
African-American men, and about the parallels between that demographic and young Palestinian men in East
Author Dan Ephron, whose new book documents
the events that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the assassination’s aftermath, was
APN’s guest on a briefing call on November 2, 2015.
In Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, Ephron tells the parallel
stories of Rabin and his assassin, Yigal Amir, during the two years leading up to the murder, and sets the scene to
the two decades that followed.
Ephron is an award-winning writer, who has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast,
and now lives in New York City.
On October 13 2015, Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann analyzed the Jerusalem-specific causes for the current
intensification of violence. Seidemann is a leading expert on Arab-Jewish relations in Jerusalem. He is the founder
and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem.
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David is known for his song Yihiye Tov (It Will Be Okay), which became an anthem of Israel’s Peace
Movement. Watch this video for David’s Rosh Hashanah greeting and join him in the hope that “Yihiye
This is another in a series of reviews of new books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN
volunteer and a professor of art history, to review Abbie Rosner’s new book about the Arab cuisine of Israel’s
Galilee, and about the power of food as a bridge between people.
APN's Ori Nir interviews Abbie Rosner.
Abbie Rosner, Breaking Bread in Galilee: A Culinary Journey into the Promised Land (Hilayon Press, 2012). 238
Although the average reader probably would not choose to emulate the laborious food gathering and preparation
described in Abbie Rosner’s appealing book, the author herself emerges as a woman it would be delightful to know.
From her passion for learning about the traditional food ways of her Bedouin and fellaheen (subsistence
farmers) neighbors, to her deep and informed appreciation for the agricultural and culinary practices they
preserve, Ms. Rosner’s respect for and tireless curiosity about the customs preserved in Israel’s Upper Galilee is
both astounding and inspiring.
Hagit discussed the latest developments in regard to Israeli settler extremists, settlements in the West Bank and
Israeli government settlement construction policy, as well as Peace Now’s recent rally against Jewish terrorism and
incitement, other recent successful Peace Now activities.