APN/Peace Now in the News: April 2-April 11, 2014

Al-Monitor - April 2, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman comments on possible congressional repercussions of PLO's UN move
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/palestine-un-aid-cuts-peace-talks-abbas.html#

APN/Peace Now in the News: March 28 – April 4, 2014

Haaretz, 30 March, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman op-ed: What Israeli-Palestinian mutual recognition really means
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.582833

AFP, 1 April 2014
Peace Now: Israeli government reissues tenders for East Jerusalem settler homes
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140401/israel-reissues-tenders-e-jerusalem-settler-homes

Time.com (AP story), 2 April, 2014
Peace Now: Israel to build more in East Jerusalem
http://time.com/46548/watchdog-israel-moving-forward-with-east-jerusalem-construction/

Associated Press, 2 April 2014
Peace Now: Israeli commitment to "restrain" settlement planning would be meaningless because so much construction is under way
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/world/article/Palestinians-We-don-t-want-Kerry-mission-to-fail-5369204.php

Voice of Russia (AFP story), 1 April, 2014
Israel reissues tenders for East Jerusalem settler homes
http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_01/Israel-reissues-tenders-for-E-Jerusalem-settler-homes-NGO-3385/

Huffington Post, 31 March, 2014
ATFP Youth Outreach Coordinator writes about her organization's partnership with APN
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tala-haikal/youth-factor-the-missing-_b_5064632.html

Jerusalem Post, 31 March 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer: Livni and Lapid parties will have to leave coalition if negotiations fail

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Left-vows-Well-pressure-Livni-to-quit-if-talks-fail-346982

APN/Peace Now in the News: March 21 - March 27, 2014

Haaretz - March 24, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Two-staters, unite behind Kerry
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.581723

APN/Peace Now in the News: March 14-March 21, 2014

Jerusalem Post - March 15, 2014
Peace Now mocks Right in new video
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/WATCH-Peace-Now-mocks-Right-in-new-video-345457

JPUpdates - March 16, 2014
Peace Now Launches Counterpunch Satirical Video Poking Fun At Right-Wing
http://jpupdates.com/2014/03/16/video-peace-now-launches-counterpunch-satirical-video-poking-fun-right-wing/

Waging Non-violence (blog) - March 17, 2014
APN and Peace Now mapping featured in story about the role of mapping in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/west-bank-map-making-form-struggle/

The Forward - March 17, 2014
Critical article re: Peace Now's Purim video
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/194702/peace-now-video-advances-mockery-not-peace/

Haaretz - March 19, 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer op-ed: Why Israel's peace camp is acting up
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.580715

AP - March 19, 2014
Peace Now says new settlement construction in East Jerusalem is imminent 
http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/474346/Palestinians-threaten-to-resume-UN-campaign.html?isap=1&nav=5022

AFP - March 20, 2014
Israeli government confirms Peace Now data regarding plans for more than 2,000 new homes in WB settlements
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hCaRsqY4bex3qQR1ZYxg__2e3-hg?docId=4c722cd3-f5fd-4c2d-b632-37c8f297c0ba

New York Times - March 20, 2014
Peace Now: Israeli government approves more than 2,000 new housing units in WB settlements
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/world/middleeast/israel-settlement-plans-renew-palestinian-outrage.html?_r=0&gwh=F4612724EF046E9B91451F8D35817356&gwt=regi#story-continues-1

Chicago Tribune (Reuters story) - March 21, 2014
Peace Now: Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in WB settlements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-palestinians-israel-settlements-20140321,0,3373487.story

APN/Peace Now in the News: March 7-March 14, 2014

San Diego Jewish World - March 11, 2014
APN urges Israeli government to stop Hebron settlement (reprint of APN press release)
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/03/11/peace-group-urges-israel-stop-hebron-settlement/

JTA - March 11, 2014
APN mourns the death of Samuel Lewis
http://www.jta.org/2014/03/11/news-opinion/united-states/samuel-lewis-camp-david-era-u-s-ambassador-dies#ixzz2vktVn6t6

Haaretz - March 12, 2014
Peace Now criticizes right wing pre-army program that excludes progressive Israeli perspective
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.579269

Haaretz (JTA story) - March 12, 2014
APN mourns the death of Samuel Lewis
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.579311

APN/Peace Now in the News: February 28 - March 7, 2014

New York Times - March 2, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman debates Daniel Gordis on settlements boycott (Room for Debate)
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/02/is-a-settlement-boycott-best-for-israel

Haaretz - March 7, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Time for US Jewish establishment to open the conversation on peace for Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.578456

Business Insider (Global Post item) - March 4, 2014
Yossi Alpher's Q&A liberally quoted on impact of Ukraine crisis on the Middle East
http://www.businessinsider.com/noga-tarnopolsky-ukraine-complicating-middle-east-issues-2014-3

Arutz 7 - March 3, 2014
Peace Now dismayed at 2013 settlement construction surge
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178067#.UxVLKhRdWN0

Salem News.com - March 3, 2014
APN press release on 2013 settlement construction data reprinted
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march032014/apn-neti.php

 

APN/Peace Now in the News: February 21 - February 28, 2014

LA Jewish Journal - February 26, 2014
APN Board Member Sandy Weiner and Steve Kaplan: Boycotting Settlements is the way to fight BDS
http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/a_victory_against_anti_israel_bds

Oberlin Review (campus newspaper) - February 24, 2014
Interview with APN's Lara Friedman
http://oberlinreview.org/4947/news/off-the-cuff-lara-friedman-former-foreign-service-officer-and-director-of-policy-and-government-relations-with-americans-for-peace-now/

Arutz 7 - February 25, 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer warns: There are more potential Baruch Goldsteins in the settlements
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/287956#.UwzaWPldW5I

Arutz 7 - February 25, 2014
Peace Now opposes taxpayer funding for extreme right non-profits
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177851#.UwzbKPldW5I

APN/Peace Now in the News: February 7 - February 14, 2014

Saudi Gazette - February 7, 2014
Editorial cites Peace Now data
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140208195034

Arutz 7 - February 12, 2014
Peace Now opposes plan to build large Yeshiva in Sheikh Jarrah
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177406#.UvwhHDZdWN0

Boston.com (AP story) - February 12, 2014
Peace Now data cited in story on boycotting settlement products
http://www.boston.com/news/world/middle-east/2014/02/12/israeli-settlements-also-face-pressure-from-within/LUN3fSo0PA2jlXkXydSdIM/story.html

San Diego Jewish World - February 12, 2014
APN press release reprinted in its entirety
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/02/12/apn-lauds-104-house-letter-signers-iran-sanctions/

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APN/Peace Now in the News: January 31 - February 7, 2014

Huffington Post - February 4, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman: No such thing as "benevolent occupation"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lara-friedman/sodastream-scarjo-and-the_b_4719194.html

Washington Post (AP story) - February 5, 2014
Peace Now condemns new permits for construction in East Jerusalem
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-negotiator-blasts-ministers-on-kerry-rebuke/2014/02/05/2df10c08-8e5e-11e3-878e-d76656564a01_story.html

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APN/Peace Now in the News: January 23 - 31, 2014

The Forward - January 28, 2014
APN's Debra DeLee: Love Israel. Oppose BDS. Reject SodaStream.
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/191768/love-israel-oppose-bds-reject-sodastream/

Cleveland Jewish News - January 23, 2014
APN Board Member Mark Silverberg op-ed: Proposed new Iran sanctions all wrong
http://m.clevelandjewishnews.com/mobile/opinion/op-eds/article_ffa5f870-82c0-11e3-83fe-0019bb2963f4.html

Haaretz - January 23, 2014
US Students on Project Extend meet with Peace Now in Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/twilight-zone/.premium-1.570193#.UuPcNFGbFRw.facebook

Arutz 7 - January 28, 2014
Peace Now organizes "Price Tag" tours
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176810#.UughPbso5Mw

JTA - January 28, 2014
APN part of a loose coalition supporting the Obama administration on Iran
http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/world/article_53961a8f-d185-565e-a636-957989e830eb.html

LA Jewish Journal (JTA story) - January 29, 2014
APN among loose coalition working to support Obama administration on Iran
http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/groups_join_to_oppose_sanctions

Maariv (English translation, no link) - January 28, 2014
Peace Now Offering West Bank Tour in the Footsteps of "Price Tag"

Price Tag Tourism: Peace Now Offering Tour in the Footsteps of the Extreme Right Wing
Ma’ariv (back page) by Itamar Fleishman -- There is now another kind of tour to Judea and Samaria in addition to the popular tours to the sites where historic events took place, and visits to settlements and wineries. These news tours are being sponsored by people who oppose all settlement beyond the Green Line, and they will take visitors to places where price tag operations were committed.

These tours are being organized by Peace Now and they will go to Arab villages in the territories where participants can see the places where graffiti was spray-painted on walls and where acts of arson and attempted arson was committed, targeting houses mosques and cars. Peace Now has already prepared ads, but has not made public the date of the next tour because it fears members of the extreme right wing will sabotage it. Peace Now says that there is great demand. “There is a great thirst, mainly from students and other young people to see reality with their own eyes,” says Yariv Oppenheimer. “The goal is to present a geopolitical picture and to show that expanding the settlements hurts the chances of peace, and to show the effect of the settlements and the outposts on life in the area and to reveal to the public the attacks [on Palestinians].”

Oppenheimer promises that the tour will also visit places that have become “hostile for IDF soldiers.” He is most likely referring to outposts that are considered more militant but refuses to give details due to “concern that settlers will decide to block the roads and only let in tours of people of their own mindset,” as he puts it.

The tours are meant to counter the successful tours given by the settlers in which thousands of Israelis, among them VIPs, visit the territories, are given a subsidized tour and learn about the settlers’ view of events. One agency that gives such tours is the Settlers Council.

Settlers Council Deputy Director General Yigal Dilmoni said last night: “There’s no question that seeing and tours are important. Our tours show the reality of Judea and Samaria, without filters.”

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