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News Nosh 02.14.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 14, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
“The government’s message to the settlers is that in practice, there is no need for planning and advance approval of plans, as ultimately the construction will be approved after the fact.”
--Peace Now said after it released its 2015 report on settlements that revealed that since Binyamin Netanyahu came to power in 2009, 61% of all building in settlements was in isolated ones.
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News Nosh 02.12.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 12, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
“I didn’t compare for a moment between IDF soldiers that were killed and between Palestinians. I think that between the feeling of a bereaved Israeli and a bereaved Palestinian mother – there is no difference. If the words hurt, it was an unsuccessful remark.”
--Army Radio journalist Razi Barkai was quoted saying on air after bereaved parents of fallen Israeli soldiers expressed outrage at his comparison this week. Yesterday, Army Radio director Yaron London apologized to the Israeli parents, Israel Hayom reported today. The parents have demanded Barkai's removal and Army Radio has announced it has shortened his show and added a show by far right-wing journalist, Aral Segal.

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News Nosh 02.11.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 11, 2016
 
Debate of the day:
Knesset Law and Justice Committee Chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Habayit Hayehudi): "I wanted to hold a principled discussion."
MK Miki Rosenthal (Zionist Camp): “What principle do you want us to discuss? This law includes two words: ‘Arabs, Out.’”
MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint Arab List) to Slomiansky: “Perhaps you will propose we resign and that’s it?” 
MK Oren Hazan to MK Jabareen: “I’m prepared to drive you home.” 
--The 'circus' of a debate held in the Knesset Law and Justice Committee to discuss a bill that states that aims to be able to dismiss Arab MKs with a vote.*
You Must Be Kidding: 
1.) “First, Israel builds a military base in a Palestinian neighborhood, then, impertinently, it infringes on the neighborhood’s children’s basic right to education.”
--Ir Amim NGO said in response to Israel's objection to opening a school in East Jerusalem, claiming it would endanger a nearby Border Police base.**

2.) "I want to go back to history, what is our place here, about Jerusalem, about Palestine, when like we said, Arabic doesn't even have 'P,' so this loan-word also merits scrutiny." 
--Likud MK Anat Berko, a criminologist who  expert on Islamic terror, tells the Knesset plenum that the Palestinian nation doesn’t exist, because Arabic doesn't have a 'P.' (The Arabic word is Falasteen, not Palestine.)***
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News Nosh 02.10.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 10, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
"It’s not only a soldier’s right to disobey an order that is patently illegal, it’s his obligation. That is my demand as chief of staff." 
--IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot discusses the issue of testimonies soldiers gave to Breaking the Silence, to which Yedioth and Haaretz arrived at very different conclusions.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Dozens of ultra-Orthodox men attack military police officers in Ashdod, throw stones at them, and overturn their car. 
-No arrests were made.
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News Nosh 02.09.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 9, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
"As far as comparing the feelings of Palestinian and Israeli mothers -- there's no difference."
--Veteran journalist Razi Barkai explains the comparison he made between bereaved parents of killers and of killed to an angry Jewish bereaved parent.*
You Must Be Kidding: 
"This is an absurd situation. Of all people the Palestinian peace activists who work on activities that bring closeness and reconciliation are prevented from entering Israel. And that's a result of guidelines that have nothing to do with security considerations." 
--Yuval Rachamim, chairman of the Israeli peace organizations forum, after the IDF changed the guidelines making it much harder for peace activists to enter Israel.**
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News Nosh 02.08.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 8, 2016

 
Quote of the day:
"All of a sudden people came and danced the debka [a traditional Arab men’s line dance] and then they spoke German. It was different from anything we’d known until then in Tel Aviv. There were both Jews and Arabs and it was clear to us that this had to happen once a week."
--Ilana Bronstein, one of the two owners of the unique bar Anna Loulou.**
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News Nosh 02.07.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 7, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
“What hurts the IDF and Israel is what we did, not what is written about what we did.”
--Said Dov Yirmiya in 1983 when he was dismissed from the army after breaking his silence and publishing a scathing account of what he saw in the first Lebanon war. After the war he continued to help Palestinian refugees in south Lebanon privately. He died this week at age 101.**
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News Nosh 02.05.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 5, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
"He butchered my son and he'll be released in ten years."
--Suha Abu Khdeir, mother of 16-year-old Mohammed, shouted out in the Jerusalem District Courtroom when the judges announced that one of the three who murdered her son did not get a life sentence.**

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News Nosh 02.04.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 4, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
"I told him I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and he said ‘Yes, this is the situation today.’"
--Art curator Nira Itzhaki, who represents Israeli photographer Miki Kratsman, retells how conversation she had with Israeli art collector Doron Sabag, who told her that the joint exhibit of Kratsman and the Chinese artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei, about refugees and Palestinians at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art will likely be nixed due to the 'political situation.' It was. 

You Must Be Kidding: 
“All Bedouin need to be shot as soon as they are identified.”
-One of the answers to the question, ‘What will you do if you identify a Bedouin near an embankment stealing military equipment’ that was on an IDF questionnaire distributed among IDF reserve soldiers – and which sparked outrage.

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News Nosh 02.03.16

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 3, 2016
 
Quote of the day:
“Welcome. We have hosted many Jews in our home. We await you.”
--Natalie from Bethlehem responded to the Airbnb request of an Israeli journalist who got mixed responses in her probe about whether Palestinians would rent their homes out to Israelis.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“If we don’t translate Hebrew books, how will we know what’s being written about us? This book in particular was written about our society. How long will we hide our heads in the sand?”
--Amr Zakaria, the Egyptian translator of the book by Israeli journalist Jacky Hugi, slammed the Egyptian parliamentarian who demanded a government probe into how an Israeli book was allowed into the Cairo International Book Fair.**
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