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News Nosh: 7.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Reuven had a pure heart. He loved everyone, I met him in the 1990s, when I used to import goods from China. He was a good man. What they did to him is horrific. If more people were like Reuven, peace would have been achieved a long ago." 
--A Palestinian man, who asked to remain anonymous, was one of a number of Palestinians who donated to a fund to establish a synagogue in honor of Reuven Schmerling, who was murdered by two Palestinian employees.*
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News Nosh: 7.17.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"Education is about thinking critically. It's about hearing people you don't agree with. And this is what we want to teach our children. In order for us to educate our young people to be democratic, to be liberal, they have to hear the other side."
--Amir Fuchs, who heads the Israel Democracy Institute's Defending Democratic Values Program, said the law passed banning some left-wing groups from speaking at schools was part of a wider phenomenon in Israel of trying to discredit left-wing groups.

Quote of the Day #2:
"What would we do with this money? Would we build a school there, agree to the occupation and our presence in the ghetto, or would we build tunnels and bombs to get out of the ghetto and free our brothers and sisters? This is a real dilemma."
--In a debate with a right-wing journalist in a radio interview, Israeli director Ran Kahlili said Israelis must not be afraid to put themselves in Hamas' shoes.**
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News Nosh: 7.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday July 16, 2018
Quote of the day:
“We tried to point during the tour to the fact that they won't speak to us about the occupation, but we got no answers. They gave us a map of Israel that doesn't have the West Bank borders depicted on it. It's really unfortunate because Birthright is often the only opportunity for young Americans to learn about what's going on."
—Becky Wasserman, 26, from Boston, one of eight Jewish-American youth who left a Birthright tour while in E. Jerusalem and contacted Peace Now to show them the occupation.*
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News Nosh: 7.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday July 15, 2018
Quote of the day:
"Were it not for the kites, the fires, the Qassam rockets, the Palestinians would have entirely exited the awareness of everyone in Israel"
--Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy commends Gazans for their almost four-month-long protest, which brought to the attention of Israelis and the world the plight of the Palestinians and their desire for an end to the Israeli siege and occupation, even at the cost of their lives.*

Front Page:
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News Nosh: 7.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, July 13, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“History has forced us not to remain silent in the face of injustice and to maintain a democracy that allows freedom of expression at all times, and we have learned in Majdanek (German concentration camp) not to remain silent in the face of injustice—any injustice.”
--Yesh Atid MK Yael German compared the Jewish Nation-State law to the silence of Polish citizens in the face of Holocaust atrocities during a debate on the bill in the Knesset.*
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News Nosh: 7.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"(President) Reuven Rivlin, it must be said, cried out with great vigor and courage against the clause allowing community-acceptance committees to screen residents and its implications for the regime, but most liberals were simply horrified to read the reality when it was worded as a law."
--Gideon Levy writes about the controversial Jewish Nation-State law that the government is trying to pass in the Knesset.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Arab sector receives only 2% of revenues of welfare associations in Israel, although they are 20% of the population and 75% of the associations’ funding is from public coffers.*
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News Nosh: 7.11.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
 
Number of the day:
8.
Israel's ranking in terms of powerful countries, according to an annual poll compiled by U.S. News and World Report.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Has the current coalition really reached such a low point that it has no way and no democratic right to enact an anti-democratic law?"
--On the subject of the controversial Jewish nation-state bill that the government is trying to pass, Maariv reporter Avishai Greenzweig writes in today's paper that it is wrong that a democratic country cannot enact an anti-democratic law.*
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News Nosh 7.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 9, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
Israeli Minister of Science blocked the appointment of a top brain researcher for her support for refusal to do Israeli military service in the occupied Palestinian territories.* “But this is not just another news item. Because it is so small, miserable and insulting, despicable and disgraceful, this news item turns into a black flag flying over our faces. It needs to be read again, and again, and again, and it will still be difficult to contain the shame.” -- Top Maariv political commentator, Ben Caspit.**

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Israel blocked access to Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzuq's Twitter account after he expressed support for a Palestinian state on the '67 borders, Palestinian political unity and an end to the siege on Gaza.
"Not, God forbid, because of any inflammatory words, since those come a dime a dozen here – one only needs to listen to an interview with MK Bezalel Smotrich – but because Israel is concerned about the changes taking place in Hamas’ positions, and that Israelis might discover that there is another truth." -- Haaretz commentator Odeh Bisharat.***
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News Nosh 7.5.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, July 5, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"We saw the stares we were getting, the fear of speaking to us and mostly the fear of playing soccer together. But as soon as they realized we speak Arabic, respect our Palestinian friends, and play and work together under the two flags—the Israeli flag and the Palestinian flag—the barriers dropped and we quickly became best friends with the Iraqi team. We even taught them a few words in Hebrew."
--Lior Shalom, who led a delegation of Arab and Jewish Israeli teenagers from the Peres Center for Peace, which traveled to Russia for the World Cup to hold workshops and soccer training for teens from all over the world, including from Muslim nations.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"You built a (settlement) house - it's as if you wiped out a hundred Arabs. You build a settlement - it's as if you killed ten thousand gentiles."
--Prominent settler land dealer and Jewish terrorist, Moshe Zar, received a roaring applause for his words at the Education Ministry's 'Education Leaders Conference,' where Zar received a Certificate of Appreciation.**
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News Nosh: 6.29.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, June 29, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“#Birthright wouldn’t show us the occupation so we are going to see it for ourselves.”
—Katie Anne, live-streamed on Facebook herself announcing the reason she and four others were walking off the bus of a Birthright trip to join a Breaking the Silence anti-occupation tour - while the Birthright tour guide slammed them for it. Anne later told Haaretz: "Birthright gave us a map of Israel that does not denote the West Bank [even though] the director of our Birthright organization admitted that the majority of maps in Israel do include [it]. They keep saying they're apolitical but this is clearly to the right."

You Must Be Kidding: 
An Israeli official declared a plot of land in the West Bank 'state land,' then turned it into a legal outpost with a farm and a guesthouse, whose profits go to a company established by the official, who has since left his government job.
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