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News Nosh 3.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 17, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
“We’re used to the rightist worldview reflected in civics and history. … Now we have to agree to a blatantly political agenda so that the child can go to a science competition.”
“The messages say everyone hates us already from the era of the Bible, which is also the only legitimization for Israel mentioned in the course...The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is presented with no context – no explanation is given for the Arab hatred and there’s no distinction between Israel and the West Bank."

--Angry parents of students, who like all students participating in competitions abroad must now take a compulsory online right-wing indoctrination course beforehand. Arab students are also required to take the course.
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News Nosh 3.16.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 16, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“These are tears of pain and of hope, to say that we were able to give others life from their death. This tragedy was a cause of the ceasefire."
--Dr. Ezzeldin Abu al-Aish, the Palestinian doctor whose three daughters and niece were killed in an IDF tank shelling during Operation Cast Lead, said outside an Israeli courtroom where has filed a civil suit against the state.*
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News Nosh 3.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 15, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"We do not kill if we don't have to." 
--Prof. Asa Kasher, who wrote the IDF's ethics code told a special Knesset discussion on purity of arms that Sgt. Elor Azaria was wrong to kill Palestinian assailant Abdul Fattah Al-Sharif.**
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News Nosh 3.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 14, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
Police detained Jeff Halper, a prominent Jewish American-Israeli left-wing activist, for suspected incitement.**
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News Nosh 3.13.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 13, 2017
 
Quote of the day #1:
“It is all so counter to what I know of Jewish culture. Questioning authority makes you a kapo? To question authority makes you a traitor? If you question bad policies you are a self-hating Jew? That is insane. And, of course it’s the last resort of tyrants.”
--In an interview during his visit to Israel, actor Richard Gere slams the demonization of left-wing pro-peace organizations by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Trump administration’s new ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.*
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News Nosh 3.10.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday March 10, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“I can’t unsee what I’ve seen or ignore what I know. The violation of another people by the Jewish State in the name of the Jewish people has pricked my conscience and inspired my activism over these last four decades.”
--Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founder of Ms. Magazine and a past Chair of Americans for Peace Now, writes that she expects that under the new Israeli entry ban, she’ll end up on the government’s blacklist - but she won’t give up on Israel.
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News Nosh 3.09.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 9, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"The muezzin was part of this public sphere long before the racists got here and will remain here long after they are gone. It is part of the audible tapestry of our one-and-only homeland, and it will stay that way."
--Joint List Leader Ayman Odeh said before he was removed from the raucous Knesset debate over the bill to silence the Muslim call to prayer loudspeakers. *
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News Nosh 3.08.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 8, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“The debate exists by definition within the Israeli public, with all of its elements. We know these debates, and within these debates we need to build. Not to fan [the flames] but to come and find common ground."
--At an education conference, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin accused Israel's government leaders of incitement between the different sectors of Israeli society - Jewish-Arab, Ashkenazi-Mizrachi, religious-secular - in order to gain political power. Rivlin spoke about the need for unity amongst the various sectors of Israeli society. He encouraged Jews and Arabs, religious and secular to meet and discover each other and find a common ground.*
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News Nosh 3.07.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 7, 2017
 
Quote of the Day #1:
"We must remember that there is no physical shield available which can totally defend citizens against a determined enemy. To all types of physical defense we must add an investment in the area of social strength development, so that Israel’s citizens will know how to recover and return to full systemic functioning after sustaining possible damage."
--Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Meir Elran argues that the 'tunnel threat' is neither 'existential' or 'strategic' and is one that Israel can live with.*
 
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News Nosh 3.06.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, March 6, 2017
 
You Must Be Kidding:
"I was very hurt; they asked me if I had ties to ISIS. I am a married man and I want to live and support my family with dignity."
--Majdi Othman of Abu Ghosh town was shocked to learn that the Shin Bet denied him permission for a technical job in an external company working at Ben-Gurion Airport. The Shin Bet said his "security status was found unsuitable.” Othman, an Arab-Israeli, served in the IDF as a combat medic and driver and fought in the Second Lebanon War.**
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