Gaza Escalation

Palestinians announced their intention to hold peaceful demonstrations from Land Day (March 30) through Nakba Day (May 15), with Gaza as the focal point. APN and Shalom Achshav respect the right of Palestinians to protest nonviolently, and call on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise restraint and act responsibly to avoid further bloodshed. We call on Prime Minister Netanyahu to pursue a political solution.

Briefing Call Tuesday April 10th, 1pm with Israeli political columnist Akiva Eldar.

 

APN and Shalom Achshav Publications

3.30.2018 Press Release: APN Alarmed at Gaza Death Toll; Calls for Responsible Action to Prevent Further Deterioration
3.31.2018 Shalom Achshav: Netanyahu – Stop the Escalation Now!
4.2.2018 Video from Shalom Achshav protest at Likud HQ in Tel Aviv

3.19.2018 APN’s Debra Shushan in Haaretz: Trump’s Inept and Cruel Gaza Policies
PeaceCast epidode #23: Gaza Misery with Abby Smardon of UNRWA
PeaceCast episode #14: Gaza Unplugged
PeaceCast episode #13: Gaza Crisis and Qatar’s Role

They Say, We Say: What About Hamas and Gaza?

Recommended Reading

4.9.2018 Amos Yadlin for the Institute for National Security Studies: A Sense of Victory on Both Sides: A Recipe for Escalation in Gaza?
4.2.2018 The New York Times (editorial): Israel Courts Catastrophe in Gaza Protests
4.2.2018 International Crisis Group backgrounder: Gaza Protests Mark Shift in Palestinian National Consciousness
11.11.2017 B'tselem backgrounder on Gaza

Friedman Watch

President Trump's controversial US Ambassador to Israel has demonstrated that APN was right to oppose his confirmation - and then some. To see why Friedman must go, check out our resources on Ambassador Friedman. These include Friedman Watch, our ongoing APN feature documenting the damage the settlements enthusiast-cum-ambassador is doing in his post.

Join our call and send your own message to the White House asking Trump to tell Friedman what he loves telling others: “You’re fired!”

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Trump nominates Iran-hawk Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

President Trump today fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to succeed him in heading the State Department.

What do you need to know? Here are key takeaways from the shakeup at State, including links to recommended readings.

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Jerusalem: Trump's Move

The world holds its breath as President Trump prepares to unveil his administration's new policy on Jerusalem. Will he move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Will the US recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital? What are the implications for Israelis and Palestinians and the prospects for peace?

Check out our Jerusalem resource page for essential information and analysis, including:

APN's Debra Shushan in Haaretz: As Trump and Netanyahu Meet, Our Plea as Interfaith Leaders: Stop Boosting the Proponents of a Religious War
7 Things You Should Know: Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem
Yossi Alpher Analysis
US Public Opinion on Embassy Move: Polling Graphic
They Say/We Say on Jerusalem
A Capital Offense by Jake Walles
and more!

 

Jerusalem: Trump's Move

The world holds its breath as President Trump prepares to unveil his administration's new policy on Jerusalem. Will he move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem? Will the US recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital? What are the implications for Israelis and Palestinians and the prospects for peace?

 

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Iran Nuclear Deal under Threat by Trump

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Say "Two States"

No Entry - Resources on the "Entry Law"

Entry_Law_Locked_Gate400The “Entry Law,” adopted by the Israeli Knesset on March 6, 2017, bans entry to Israel of foreign national who support or publicly engage in boycotts of either Israel or West Bank settlements, whether they do it individually or are affiliated with organizations that endorse such practices. This law uniquely affects APN, a Zionist, pro-Israel organization that advocates for boycotts of the settlements and the occupation while strongly rejecting boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) targeting Israel.

APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee said: “This new draconian law is a severe blow to Israeli democracy. It is aimed at a basic civil liberty, the freedom of expression, and will severely harm Israel by keeping out some of its greatest supporters, including Americans for Peace Now…We are a Zionist, pro-Israel organization, which cares about Israel's future as a democracy and a Jewish state. As such, we oppose the occupation and the settlements and call on our supporters to express this view by boycotting settlements. It would be absurd for the government of Israel to block us from visiting the country we love and care so much about because we chose to express a legitimate view in a legitimate way.”

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Israel’s “Entry Law”: What It Is and What It Means

***UPDATE: The final language of the bill has been significantly broadened, and now applies to “Any person who is not a citizen of Israel or holds a certification for permanent residency in the state of Israel shall not be given a residing certification or permit of any kind, if he, or the organization or agency for the sake of which he acts (she-hu po’el avuram), has knowingly published a public call to boycott the State of Israel, as defined in the Law to Prevent Harming the State of Israel through Boycott of 2011, or if he has committed to take part in such a boycott, as stated.”*** 

***UPDATE: The Knesset passed the "Entry Bill" into law on March 6, 2017***

APN's statement condemning passage of the law is here.

What is the “Entry Law”?

The so-called “Entry Law” currently under consideration is an amendment to Israel’s 1952 “Entry Law,” which determines who is allowed to enter into Israel and under what conditions.

The amendment stipulates that any person who is not an Israeli citizen will be denied entry into Israel if:

“if the person, or the organization or agency for the sake of which he acts, has knowingly publicized a call to boycott the state of Israel, as defined in the 2011 Law to Prevent Harming the State of Israel through Boycott, or (if that person) has pledged to participate in such a boycott.”[while granting Israel’s Interior Minister the prerogative to issue exceptional entry permits to boycotters “for special reasons.”]

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Media coverage (news and analysis) on Decision at 50

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