"8 Days..." - Luis Lainer, former APN Chair

On January 29, Americans for Peace Now will be holding its Vision of Peace Celebration event, and I invite you to take part, even without being present.

We all know "8 days" is central to the holiday of Hanukah. It is also significant to this upcoming special event. David Broza, the Israeli music superstar and dedicated peace activist -- and one of the event honorees -- spearheaded a project that also lasted 8 days (and nights), the outcome of which was the music album East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem. While not a Hanukah-level miracle, it is a unique and powerful statement about Israeli-Palestinian collaboration and coexistence, all of which was captured in a documentary film. Given the recent, misguided steps taken by President Trump regarding Jerusalem, the music and film that resulted from David Broza’s vision are all the more significant.

You need not be in Los Angeles on January 29 to join in the Vision of Peace Celebration and the honoring of David Broza and Rob Eshman, former esteemed publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal.

With a donation to APN, your personal message to congratulate the honorees and/or in support of peace will be shared that night along with the other tribute messages. As a thank you, APN will send you an East Jerusalem-West Jerusalem album CD/movie DVD set.

Thank you for joining in APN's Vision of Peace Celebration,

Luis Lainer, Former Chair
Americans for Peace Now

Briefing call with Dr. Khalil Shikaki on trends in Palestinian public opinion

On Thursday January 11, 2018, APN hosted leading Palestinian political scholar and pollster Khalil Shikaki for a briefing call on current challenges facing the Palestinians and on trends in Palestinian public opinion.

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Briefing call with Dr. Khalil Shikaki on state of Palestinian affairs: Thursday, 11am EST

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah and a professor of political science, discussed the state of Palestinian affairs following President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem.

Dr. Shikaki has also been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University since 2005. His research focuses on the peace process, Palestinian state building, public opinion, transition to democracy, and the impact of domestic Palestinian politics on the peace process.

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Vision of Peace Celebration in Los Angeles honoring David Broza and Rob Eshman

(You can also donate online and indicate "Vision of Peace" in the comments box)

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On Monday, November 13th in Washington, DC, please join Americans for Peace Now, the Foundation for Middle East Peace, the Arab American Institute for "Trump, Netanyahu, & the Declining Prospects for Peace in Jerusalem." 

While the world awaits the grand unveiling of the the Trump administration's plan to broker the ultimate deal, Netanyahu has alarmingly ramped up Israeli settlement activity and the displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. Join us for a discussion on the Netanyahu-Trump era's impact on the future of Jerusalem and its residents, featuring Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann and discussants Ori Nir (Americans for Peace Now) and Dr. James Zogby (Arab American Institute), moderated by Lara Friedman (Foundation for Middle East Peace).

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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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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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RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

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Listen: Briefing call with Robert Malley on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Robert Malley

On October 10, 2017, APN hosted a briefing call with Middle East conflict resolution expert Robert Malley on the Iran nuclear deal, days before President Donald Trump is expected to de-certify Iranian compliance with the deal the US, Great Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany reached with Tehran which constrains Iran’s ability to build nuclear weapons.

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Listen here for APN's briefing call with Amb. Daniel Shapiro.

Like APN, Ambassador Daniel Shapiro has supported the two-state solution since the late 1980s, long before it became a tenet of America’s Middle East policy. As President Obama’s ambassador to Israel, Shapiro was a key member of the past administration’s team working to advance the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Now, with the Trump administration refusing to commit itself to this basic US policy position and with the situation on the ground turning increasingly less hospitable to this solution, Shapiro is examining other scenarios and trying to assess their likelihood and their potential implications. Read Shapiro’s recent Tablet article on this topic.

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