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News Nosh 12.29.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday December 29, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
“The ‘temporary’ situation has dragged on for 50 years, and we will not go on lending a hand.”
—From a letter written by a group of 63 Jewish Israeli 12th-graders, who publicly declared they will refuse to be drafted into the Israel army.

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli public grants were funneled to an organization that builds illegal West Bank outposts, Haaretz+ reported.
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News Nosh 12.26.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Years of uninterrupted right-wing rule have emblazoned on many Israelis’ minds the slogan of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and undivided capital, such that they accept it reflexively as truth. Many Israelis are happy to pocket Trump’s gift of recognition without giving anything in return. American Jews are in a position to remind Jewish Israelis of the damage caused by eschewing compromise over Jerusalem."
--Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now, Debra Shushan, calls on Jewish Americans not to pander to so-called left-wing Israelis who have moved right.*

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News Nosh 12.22.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, December 22, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Hundreds of thousands of civilians will take to the streets to physically block it from happening, and the free media will consider it a disgrace and never allow it pass."
--Former prime minister Ehud Barak said that the 'backward' nationalist Netanyahu government is passing laws that will bring about a binational state.*
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News Nosh 12.21.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday December 21, 2017

You Must Be Kidding: 
--Verbal violence against the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, has grown 220% within two years.
A new report found that in the last year, over 5 million racist expressions, curses, calls for violence and offensive words were written in social media in Israel - a rate of one every 6 seconds.**
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News Nosh 12.20.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"We're operating in a space filled with people, and we need to differentiate between incidents in which a soldier acts in violation of orders or against IDF values, and incidents in which a soldier acts in accordance with IDF values and uses judgment, even if his decision is not perfect in the end."
--An unnamed senior IDF officer defended the two soldiers who did not use force against the Palestinian girls who hit them.*
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News Nosh 12.19.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"So much restraint, the world needs to learn from our soldiers. The proof of the humanity of the Jewish people."
--A social media post by an Israeli, quoted in Maariv, reacting to the video clip of the incident Friday where Palestinian girls cursed and hit Israeli soldiers, who were in front of a village home in Nebi Saleh, and the soldiers did not respond with physical force.*

You Must Be Kidding:
A settler teen who attacked a human rights activist rabbi at knife in the West Bank point got sentenced to community service. A Palestinian who threw stones at a group of settler hikers near his West Bank village, according to him, after one of the settlers shot dead a village farmer, was charged with attempted murder. The IDF closed the case against the settler who killed the farmer. **
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News Nosh 12.18.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, December 18, 2017
 
Quote of the day:
"Allow us to question, allow us to doubt and allow us to hear others, even if we disagree...We are opinionated and concerned youth who want to dream of peace. Please don’t take away our dream. Do not underestimate the value of knowing the other, do not harm democracy."
--Students at a Nesher high school wrote to the Ministry of Education to protest the Ministry's cancellation of a meeting for bereaved parents—both Jewish and Palestinian - at the school.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
11,000 Arab teachers are waiting for placements by the Education Ministry, which has a shortage of teachers. Many educated Arab teachers wait over a decade for a job, Haaretz+ reports.**
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News Nosh 12.17.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday December 17, 2017
 
Quote of the Day:
"He stood out among the crowd of demonstrators, for sure: A double amputee, he was advancing in his wheelchair, getting off it and moving quickly with the aid of his arms, going eastward across a sandy mound. Did his courage and fearlessness unsettle a soldier on the Israeli side of the fence?"
--Haaretz reporter Amira Hass looks at the shooting of a legless man, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, killed by a bullet to the head Friday and asks what danger did he pose.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Shocked parents discovered: Israeli 4th-graders' book for Torah studies included an explanation of the term 'whore': "A woman who has sex with men in exchange for payment."**
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News Nosh 12.15.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, December 15, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"Why? Why are you beating him on the head? Do you want me to beat you on the head?"
--Palestinian woman yells in Hebrew to Israeli soldier in Hebron after he struck a 15-year-old youth on the head with his weapon, as seen in a chilling video clip filmed by B'tselem that went viral.

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News Nosh 12.14.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday December 14, 2017  

Quote of the day:
"What we should fear, as an aftershock of his reckless overturning of standing U.S. policy on Jerusalem, is a further tightening of the chokehold on the Palestinian population through midnight raids, demolitions and child arrests; the Israeli government support of radical settlers evicting Palestinians from their homes; continued settlement building; and the fast tracking of plans to simply dispose of one third of the city’s Palestinians in one legislative stroke."
--Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations & Advocacy at Ir Amim, writes in an Op-Ed in Haaretz+.

You Must Be Kidding: 
The head of media for Israel's 'Burning Man Festival' is a member of the far-right and racist organization Lehava, which encourages hatred of Arabs and xenophobia.
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