APN's Ori Nir: "We know that relations between Jews and Arabs can be different"

OriNir_HSOne of the things I like the most about “The Moth,” the radio/podcast storytelling program, is how successful it is at cutting through the cynicism and snark that characterize our discourse, particularly here in DC, and touching one’s heart.

In pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace, too, we could use less scorn, less debate and vitriol, and more listening, more empathy, more heart-to-heart interaction.

This is the impetus behind "The Dove: Stories Amidst Conflict." Presented by Americans for Peace Now, The Dove is a storytelling event about Israeli-Palestinian peace, in which storytellers focus on hope and prospects for reconciliation. On Thursday, April 6th in Washington, DC, The Dove will feature myself and others, who as journalists have experienced and covered this relationship on the ground – both the good and the bad – and who will accentuate hope for peace through their stories.

We have no illusions. We know that stories told live in DC have little impact on actions taken – or not taken – on the eastern side of the Mediterranean. But we also know that relations between Jews and Arabs can be different, and that empathetic interaction between people can contribute to change.

I hope you will join us for an insightful, inspiring evening. And who knows, maybe sooner rather than later, a Middle Eastern dove may flap its wings in Jerusalem, where Israelis and Palestinians could sit down together to tell stories that bring them closer to mutual understanding, reconciliation, and peace.

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Americans for Peace Now presents The Dove

Americans for Peace Now
presents

The Dove
Stories of Hope Amidst Conflict

The Dove is an evening of live, personal stories – told by Israelis, Palestinians, and others who have experienced the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand – based on the popular storytelling show The Moth. Their stories describe real-life experiences in Israel and the occupied territories that inspire hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and that show how light can overcome darkness.

Thursday, April 6th| 8:30pm - 10pm | $5
Washington, DC | Busboys and Poets (5th and K location; 1025 5th Street NW)

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Join us: Israel Study tour June 3rd - June 8th

 

I’m old enough to remember the relief and joy and pride we felt on June 10, 1967, when Israel brought a victorious end to the Six Day War. The euphoria was palpable. IDF soldiers streamed through the Old City of Jerusalem, off-limits to Israelis since the end of the War of Independence in 1948. Ordinary citizens took to their cars for the short drive to Bethlehem, a city that only the day before had seemed so very far away. Suddenly the beautiful Golan Heights were part of Israel, and the Syrians routed in humiliation.

Was it all a miracle? Certainly it appeared so to religious Israelis – evidence of God’s hand in the world. To the rest of the Jewish world, it meant that Israelis could now breathe freely.

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Please join APN on Wednesday, February 22nd, 11am, for a briefing call with Peace Now's Anat Ben-Nun. She will be discussing "Current Challenges to the Israeli Peace Movement"

Anat Ben Nun is Peace Now's Director of Development and External relations. She is responsible for Peace Now's international advocacy efforts which focus on preventing settlement expansion. Prior to her work with Peace Now, Anat worked at the Palestinian Israeli Peace NGO Forum, a platform for cooperation and capacity building for 80 NGOs, and took part in a variety of initiatives promoting dialogue and understanding. Anat has a Master's degree in International Affairs from the American University in Washington and a Bachelor's degree from Brandeis University.

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Briefing call Thursday, February 9th, 12:00 PM Eastern, with Yossi Alpher

Yossi Alpher DC talk Please join APN for a briefing call with strategic affairs expert Yossi Alpher on US-Israel relations, days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first meeting in Washington with Donald Trump as President.

Yossi Alpher, an independent security analyst, is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with Israel’s Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. He is the author of Hard Questions Tough Answers, APN’s weekly analysis of Israeli and Middle Eastern strategic affairs.

The details of the call are as follows:

Date: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Dial-in Number: 951-797-1058
Participant Access Code: 147414

The call will be recorded. The audio recording will be posted on APN’s website.

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APN's Lara Friedman at the 6th Annual “Professor Gerald B. Bubis Lecture”

The Bubis Lecture was established by the Americans for Peace Now board of directors upon the retirement from the board of Gerald “Jerry” Bubis (z”l), who was a seminal leader from its founding, including as a national co-chair and other leadership roles in Southern California. The Valley Beth Shalom Congregation, spiritual home to the Bubis family for decades, is a co-sponsor and host of this event.

Lara Friedman, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations, was the guest speaker for this event.  She had recently provided the APN testimony at a United Nations Security Council special session on Israeli Settlements.

Time markers for the video:

 8:40 – Remarks from APN Chair Jim Klutznick

15:50 – Remarks from Lara Friedman, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations (done “in conversation” with Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom)

 

College of Jewish Studies: November 30, 2016 from Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue.

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Briefing call with Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar

Mitchell_Sachar_Book_Cover_w_Beige_BackgroundOn December 16 2016, APN held a briefing call with Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar.  Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar are the authors of the newly published book "A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East."

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APN Briefing Call (12.15.16) with Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar

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Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar, the authors of "A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East," will be the featured speakers for the APN Briefing Call on Thursday, December 15, 3:00 pm (Eastern).

To participate on the call,  phone 951-797-1058 and enter code 147414

(a recording of the call is posted here)

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APN's LAra Friedman speaks on Churches for Middle East Peace panel Prospects for Peace: Obama's Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration

APN's Lara Friedman spoke on November 23rd  on the Churches for Middle East Peace Panel: Prospects for Peace: Obama's Last Stand and Opportunities in the New Administration

The panel was moderated by CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, on the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace in President Obama's remaining months in office and the opportunities and challenges moving forward in the next administration. The panel will include Lara Friedman (Americans for Peace Now), Matthew Duss (Foundation for Middle East Peace) and Dr. James Zogby (Arab American Institute).

Lara_at_CMEP_Panel112016Watch the video here.

APN 2016 Israel Study Tour - Photo Highlights

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Peace Now's Hagit Ofran gives a briefing to the group on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Temple Mount / Noble Sancuary

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Waiting to enter the US Consulate in Jerusalem for meeting with Consul General Donald Blome.

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Two pictures above is the amphitheater, and directly above are the flags of Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned-city in the West Bank

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LEFT: Israeli Journalist Amir Tibbon talks about living at the border with Gaza. Tibbon covered the most recent Gaza War and one month later moved from Tel Aviv to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. RIGHT: Maj. General (ret.) Noam Tibbone (yes, he is Noam's father) spoke about security needs with Gaza directly behind him. 

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The only "bombproof playground" is in Sderet, Israel near Gaza. On the left is the outside of the play structure/shelter, and on the right is a view from the inside.

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