Action Alert: Urge your representatives to oppose the "Anti-Israel Boycott Act."

BDS

The House of Representatives and the Senate are considering the “Anti-Israel Boycott Act,” measures that would criminalize boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel and its occupation of the West Bank.

Americans for Peace Now (APN) opposes BDS targeting Israel.

This legislation, however, intentionally blurs the distinction between Israel and the occupation. It clearly states that under this bill, measures targeting West Bank settlements and the occupation would be regarded as targeting Israel. APN opposes the occupation and supports boycotting West Bank settlements, the most visible physical manifestation of the occupation.

While opposing BDS, APN believes that boycotts are a legitimate non-violent expression of protest, which should not be criminalized.

These measures do just that: they criminalize free speech, as pointed out by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

For the Senate version of the bill see here. For the House version see here.

S.720 and H.1697, if passed, will set a terrible precedent. They must be opposed.

Click here to send your Representative and your Senator a letter urging them to oppose these bills.

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Latest PeaceCast: #20: Zooming in on the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif

 

 

 

Ofer Zalzberg, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group is a leading expert on the Holy Esplanade, the site in Jerusalem that Jews refer to as the Temple Mount and Muslims call the Haram al-Sharif. Ofer analyzes the current crisis and discusses ways in which similar crises may be avoided in the future. 

 

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"Price Tag" Escalation Timeline: Jan 1, 2011 - present

The following is a timeline of major "Price Tag" attacks (as reported by Israeli sources).  It documents a clear escalation in attacks, and the increasing spread of attacks inside the Green Line.  Italics indicate so-called "triggers" - events or developments that appear to be linked to subsequent attacks - although as has been noted in the Israeli press, "According to the Shin Bet, the right-wing extremists no longer appear to need a 'trigger' to take action, while the targets of the violence are also widening..." We will update this regularly.

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July 24, 2017 - Temple Mount crisis escalates

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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 Temple Mount crisis; where we start analyzing this; the Israeli mistakes; the Arab response; where Washington is in all this; and how the Temple Mount crisis might end.

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Listen: Briefing call with Debbie Gild-Hayo of ACRI on anti-democratic legislation in Israel

On July 20th, APN hosted Debbie Gild-Hayo, the Policy Advocacy Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), for a briefing call to discuss current anti-democratic legislation in Israel.

 

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Press Release: APN to Trump Administration: Help Prevent Further Escalation in Jerusalem

Alarmed at the flare-up of violence on and around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif, and extremely concerned about a further deterioration, Americans for Peace Now (APN) is calling on the Trump administration to offer its services to help establish security arrangements in this sensitive spot, which would be accepted and respected by all.

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Briefing call on anti-democratic legislation in Israel with ACRI's Debbie Gild-Hayo

Join us for a timely briefing call tomorrow, Thursday, July 20th, at 11:00 AM, with Debbie Gild-Hayo of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) to discuss current anti-democratic legislation in Israel.

Attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo is the Policy Advocacy Director of ACRI, overseeing the organization’s policy advocacy work in Knesset committees and before leading decision makers and government officials in Israel.

ACRI publishes a Legislative Roundup reviewing controversial Knesset legislation and occasional reports on anti-democratic initiatives in the Knesset. See here.

To join the call, dial 1-951-797-1058 and enter the conference code: 147414. A recording will be available shortly after we conclude the call.

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Sign our Petition: Don't Ban Americans Who Peacefully Oppose Israeli Policies

Outraged and heartbroken – that sums up the feelings of many who could be barred from Israel for the "crime" of peacefully opposing its government's policies.

The Knesset, Israel's legislative body, recently passed a new law, dubbed the "Entry Law." If enacted, the law would deny entry into the State of Israel to any non-Israeli individual or individuals affiliated with non-Israeli organizations, who have publicly called for boycotting either Israel, Israeli state institutions, or West Bank settlements.

While Americans for Peace Now (APN) – the American sister organization of Shalom Achshav, Israel's preeminent peace movement – staunchly opposes boycotting Israel or Israeli institutions, we do call for boycotting West Bank settlements. We see this as a legitimate way to express our opposition to the settlements and to the occupation of the West Bank.

The "Entry Law" is a stain on Israeli democracy and betrays the democratic principles upon which Israel was established.

 

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July 17, 2017 - Netanyahu: threatened on four fronts and coddled on a fifth

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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 domestic and regional threats Netanyahu is facing; why Gabai, as an untested and inexperienced politician elected to lead Labor by a constituency in rebellion against the party establishment, is a threat; whether there was strategic significance to the recent Temple Mount attack; the Syria ceasefire; and Netanyahu's need to be coddled.

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PeaceCast: #18: The Last Palestinian - Biography of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank, where he focuses on Palestinian politics. Amir Tibon is the newly-appointed bureau chief of Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Together, they authored a new biography of Mahmoud Abbas, (Abu Mazen) the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Chairman of the PLO.

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