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News Nosh 3.22.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, March 22, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I started to teach American Jews what it means to love Israel. That you can be critical of the place you live in, out of love."
—Former Channel 10 News Palestinian affairs correspondent, Shlomi Eldar, in an interview with Haaretz after the release of his new film, 'Foreign Land.'*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel sentenced 17-year-old Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, to eight months in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier who was on her property, and sentenced an unnamed 20-year-old Jewish man to 400 hours of community service for attacking with stones and injuring a 45-year-old Palestinian farmer who was on his way home from work on a donkey.**
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News Nosh 3.21.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Leaders can deceive, steal, destroy countries and abuse citizens, but only on the condition that their most horrendous acts are carried out politely, in clean language, when they are dressed in suits and ties, and delicately holding the stem of a tall glass of wine with a napkin under it. Abbas can’t be a member of that club, which is reserved only for real leaders who rule real countries. Again and again he tries to muscle his way in, and each time the bouncers kick him out."
--Haaretz journalist Zvi Bar'el accuses world leaders of being hypocrites.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Thirty-four seconds. That’s how much time passed between the start of the stabbing attack in which Adiel Coleman was murdered Sunday and the moment the police arrived and killed the assailant, Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel."
--Haaretz+'s Jerusalem Affairs reporter, Nir Hasson, writes that the police detention of 8 Palestinian passersby and shopkeepers for not stopping or intervening in the murder of Coleman, which would put them at risk for being mistaken for the terrorist, is a cruel demand and a a test case for raising the legal threshold for preventing a crime.**
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News Nosh 3.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"I am conservative and a Republican, and I have supported the Likud party since the 1980s. But the reality is that 13 million people live between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. And almost half of them are Palestinian."
--President of the World Jewish Congress, Ron Lauder, wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times, quoted in the Hebrew newspapers, that the only path forward for Israel is the two-state solution.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“We don’t say a blessing for every negro … He needs to be a negro whose father and mother are white … if you know, they had a monkey for a son..."
--Israel's Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef calls black people ‘monkeys.**
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News Nosh 3.19.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 19, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Can I help?"
--A Palestinian man, who arrived at the scene of an attack moments after another Palestinian drove into Israeli soldiers killing two, was filmed offering to help the soldier who was kneeling over his wounded comrade-in-arms.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"The High Court reduces the IDF's deterrence powers and it needs to know its place."
--MK Moti Regev (Habayit Hayehudi) said Israel's High Court of Justice was to blame for the deaths of Israeli soldiers and civilians by not immediately permitting the demolition of the homes of Palestinian assailants.**
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News Nosh 3.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, March 16, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
After 3,000 years in which the Ein Hanya spring was open to and frequented by local Jews, Christians and Muslims, the Jerusalem Municipality is planning to set up a roadblock nearby which will prevent thousands of residents from the adjacent Palestinian villages of al-Walaja and Battir and environs from reaching the site, writes Naama Riba in Haaretz+.
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News Nosh 3.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday March 15, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Now maybe all the 'intelligent' people will get it. All of those (in Kfar Vradim) who didn't want (religious) Jews because of 'racism,' will now have a mosque instead of a mikveh (ritual bath), Nakba Day instead of Independence Day, Martyrs Day instead of Remembrance Day, Expulsion Day instead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Palestinian flag instead of an Israeli flag."
One resident of Kfar Vradim wrote in a Facebook post following the news that half of the 120 plots of land in a new neighborhood were bought by Arab citizens.**
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News Nosh 3.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 14, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding: 
Because it was allegedly not possible to determine which of the bullets shot by the two soldiers was the fatal one that killed the Palestinian schoolboy who crossed the fence, the prosecution decided not to indict them both on manslaughter charges, but to reach a plea bargain and indict them on the lesser charges of recklessness and negligence.**
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News Nosh 3.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 13, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"We must not allow the criminal test to be the only test. We need to demand more from ourselves. Our test is a test of values. And when we don't preserve our values - we quickly reach a slippery slope."
--Former Israel Air Force commander, Amir Eshel, in a speech he gave yesterday.*


Breaking News:
Palestinian Prime Minister survives assassination attempt in Gaza; Abbas blames Hamas (further escalating tensions between the rival factions), Hamas blames Israel
Rami Hamdallah, who was traveling with Palestinian intelligence chief on a rare visit to Gaza to dedicate a long-awaited sewage plant, was unhurt and vowed to continue reconciliation efforts. Several people lightly wounded and several suspects arrested. Manhunt underway. (Haaretz, Ynet, Israel Hayom, Maariv)
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News Nosh 3.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, March 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"The OECD presents Israel as a bi-polar society: an economy of flourishing high tech and finance, versus an economy of low productivity in the rest of industry; an economy of Tel Aviv versus an economy of the periphery; an economy of the secular and modern orthodox versus an economy of ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs; a positive and hopeful short term versus a long term that arouses pessimism and concern. But there are also unifying factors: we all suffer from high housing costs and intolerable road congestion. That's a comfort of sorts."
-Globes commentator, Amiram Barkat, on the 2018 OECD report that both praised Israel's strong economy and warned of the sharp gaps within society.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
An Israeli policeman named Yehuda Gigi hit Mohammed Shakir, 17, to force a confession. The Palestinian youth made the confession and served 10 months in prison for stone-throwing, despite security cameras showing he didn’t throw rocks at cars. And even when was the forced confession was revealed accidentally, the policeman kept his job.**
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News Nosh 3.11.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 11, 2018
 
You Must Be Kidding #1: 
"Israel is intellectually alive and interesting, but has very narrow possibilities."
--Albert Einstein wrote to his Jewish-American physicist friend David Joseph Bohm, advising him not to move to the country. (Bohm, who took part in the Manhattan Project to develop the first atom bomb, did end up moving to Israel in 1955.)*

You Must Be Kidding #2: 
Mamoun Farhat, a young Palestinian man from E. Jerusalem, reportedly did not even manage to leave Israeli prison grounds on the day of his release from five years in prison for throwing a Molotov cocktail, before being detained again and sent to interrogation.**
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