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As many question not only the viability but also the desirability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one of the world’s leading experts on the conflict and on efforts to resolve it discussed the state of the two-state solution.

Dan Kurtzer, is the former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and currently the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

We suggest reading Ambassador Kurtzer’s recent Brookings essay on the two-state solution.

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I Shall Not Hate 
follows the story of the Gaza fertility doctor (nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize) who refuses to relinquish his commitment to coexistence, even after tragedy befalls his family during ISRAEL’S 2008-2009 WAR WITH HAMAS (Operation Cast Lead). The production, performed in Hebrew and Arabic by one of Israel's leading Palestinian actors, Gassan Abbas, brings humanity and heroism to the role of Abuelaish, in a script adapted and staged by one of  MOSAIC theatre's Festival's featured young artists, the Israeli director, Shay Pitovsky. 

On Sunday, February 7, following the 7:30PM performance, a post-show discussion and talkback involving Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, was moderated by Americans For Peace Now's Ori Nir and APN board member Mary Ann Stein.

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APN's Lara Friedman on panel discussing Wrestling Jerusalem, January 14, 2016

Lara1-250x250On Thursday, January 14, APN's Lara Friedman joined Zeina Azzam, the Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund for a panel moderated by John Feffer, the Director for Epicenter at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC for a panel discussing the performance Wrestling Jerusalem. More information can be found here.
Wrestling Jerusalemwritten by and starring Aaron Davidman, is about one man’s journey to comprehend the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it courses through his divided psyche and argumentative community. Originally commissioned by Theater J in 2007, Davidman’s evolving excavation into the contours of conflict now illuminates a personal story that grapples with the complexities of identity, history and social justice. Wrestling Jerusalem gives voice to a dozen characters, animating their struggles, soul searchings and defensive barriers that give way to a spiritual oneness that offers a promise of peace in the midst of bloodshed. Part of the Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.
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The Knesset is now considering legislation 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 few weeks.

 

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Secular Revolutions and Religious Counter-Revolutions:  
 The Case of Zionism
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
A program of the Foundation for Jewish Studies
Kol Shalom, Co-Sponsor 
walzer-headshot100x100APN Board Member Professor Michael Walzer will speak about the years after WWII as three secular, leftist national liberation movements in Israel, India and Algeria succeeded in winning independence and establishing states.
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APN briefing call  with Israeli democracy expert

Mordechai (Motta) Kremnitzer 

Wednesday, January 6th Time: 1:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Professor Kremnitzer discussed the recent draft legislation aimed at silencing Israeli progressive organizations such as Peace Now, as well as other anti-democratic measures initiated by the Israeli government and the Knesset. He assessed the overall state of Israeli democracy as it faces a governmental assault on civil society, extreme right wing violence and intimidation, as well as a surge in hate speech. 

The recorded call is available here.

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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.

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Peace Now Rally Against Incitement

taped-mouth-closeup175x174Thousands of Israelis, Jews and Arabs, participated in a Peace Now-sponsored march Saturday night, December 19. Starting at the Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv and ending in a rally at the Yitzhak Rabin memorial, marchers demonstrated against the bigotry, intolerance and incitement of Israel’s right wing, targeting progressive organizations and activists. Participants accused Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of setting a belligerent public tone, which inspires and encourages right-wing organizations and pundits to further escalate the discourse.

flag-and-sign320x265Peace Now activists carried signs saying “The Right will not Silence Me,” and “Drive away the Darkness; Stop the Fascism” as well as stickers saying: “I too am Breaking the Silence,” reference to the anti-occupation soldiers’ organization that is currently the target of right-wing attacks.

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APN's Lara Friedman at HaaretzQ

Lara-at_HaaretzQ319x355At a TED-styleStyle session, APN"s Lara Friedman spoke on the question  “What do WE (Israelis) need from the relationship with YOU (American Jews)”?

 

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Tuesday, December 1st
5:30pm to 7pm
Room 407 of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street NW)

Join us for an event on Yitzhak Rabin's legacy, which will include a brief overview of Rabin's life and his assassination, followed by  Ori Nir speaking about his experience as a journalist on the ground during the Rabin era, the importance of the Rabin legacy, and getting to two states.

Click here for the Facebook invitation

 

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APN's Ori Nir and Ghaith al-Omari in conversation at J Street U American, Monday, November 16th

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