Khelil Helwa (Hebron is beautiful)

Yuval Orr / Il Servizio Civile Internazionale (2014)
On a hilltop in the city of Hebron, where the banality of everyday life clashes with the absurdity of occupation, fifteen-year-old Awni Abu Shamsiya attempts to maintain a sense of normalcy as he goes about his daily routine. (9:46) Watch >

The Peace Movement


The Israeli peace movement began during the 1978 Israeli-Egyptian peace talks with the establishment of Peace Now (Shalom Achshav). The movement became prominent during the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, when 400,000 Israelis (10% of Israel’s population at the time) attended a Peace Now rally. The movement has suffered a decline in the wake of the Second Intifada (2000-2005) but continues to influence the public discourse in Israel.

Peace Partners: Ori Nir and Ghaith al-Omari at Johns Hopkins University

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In an event sponsored by J Street U, Ori Nir (Director of Communications and Public Engagement, APN) and Ghaith al-Omari (Executive Director, American Task Force on Palestine) spoke at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD on Friday, November 7, 2014. See below for more pictures and quotes from the event.

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On Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA, APN will sponsor the 4th Annual event to honor the leadership of Jerry Bubis. "Getting Real About Jerusalem" will feature Danny Seidemann, Israeli attorney and foremost expert on geopolitical Jerusalem.

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Wed, 9/10: "Peace Partners" Lara Friedman and Ghaith al-Omari at Georgetown University


On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, J Street U at Georgetown will host Lara Friedman (Director of Policy and Government Relations, APN) and Ghaith al-Omari (Executive Director, ATFP) for a talk on the recent war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the current status of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prospects for peace.

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The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process and Its Vicissitudes: Insights From Attitude Theory

Herbert C. Kelman | American Psychologist (May - June 2007)
Analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process since 1967 using attitudes and other related concepts. Also seeks to demonstrate that concepts drawn from attitude theory can be useful tools in this analysis. PDF >

APN-OC: Op-eds - The Peace Process

Abbas' Generous Offer to Israel
Noam Sheizaf | +972 Magazine
May 7, 2014

"A new theory is taking shape in Israel these days: according to some heavyweight analysts and politicians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indeed went through a “personal transformation” . . ." Read More >


Peace Now, or Never
Ehud Olmert | The New York Times
September 21, 2011

"As the United Nations General Assembly opens this year, I feel uneasy. An unnecessary diplomatic clash between Israel and the Palestinians is taking shape in New York, and it will be harmful to Israel and to the future of the Middle East. I know that things could and should have been different . . ." Read More >


There is a Partner, Just Read the Papers
J.J. Goldberg | The Jewish Daily Forward
January 27, 2011

"Well, well, well, isn't this awkward? After all that talk about Israel having "no partner" for peace, it turns out the Palestinians were ready to make a deal after all, on terms that weren't far from Israel's bottom line . . ." Read More >


A Lesson From the Rabin Assassination
Ori Nir | APN Blog
October 29, 2009

"American baby-boomers will always remember where they were when President Kennedy was assassinated. Israelis, who today are marking the 14th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, will always remember where they were when Rabin was murdered by an Israeli religious-nationalist Jew . . ." Read More >

Bridging the Unbridgeable: The Holocaust And Al-Nakba
Dan Bar-On and Saliba Sarsar | Palestine-Israel Journal
Spring 2004

"Palestinians and Israeli Jews are deeply committed to the same tiny piece of land, from which both generate their identities and histories. The conflict has resulted in a total separation between them, and this is expressed through their respective narratives, rituals and myths . . ." Read More >


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APN-OC: Op-eds - Arab-Israeli Peace

Mental illness soars in Gaza
Rasha Abou Jalal / Foreign Policy
May 7, 2014

"Abu Ashraf, a 47-year-old Gazan, spends the majority of his time in his small room with no means of entertainment and only leaves to use the restroom. He sits on his bed for long hours, smoking, with no desire to see or talk to anyone . . ." Read More >


Palestinians and Israelis can coexist if occupation ends
Hussein Ibish / The National
January 18, 2013

"The unstable and unhealthy relationship of dominance and subordination, of discipline and control through violence, built into Israel’s occupation was graphically illustrated this week in two separate, tragic and bloody incidents . . ." Read More >


Racism in Israel: A Predictable Byproduct of Occupation
Lara Friedman / APN Blog
July 26, 2012

"Two generations of Israelis have now been born and raised in an Israel that must constantly find ways to justify the occupation, including justifying both the denial of rights and freedoms to Palestinians and the ever-growing settlement enterprise . . ." Read More >


Go to Hebron
Ori Nir / APN Blog
May 5, 2009

"Go to Hebron. Observe how several hundreds of ultra-national Israeli settlers, a minority in a Palestinian town of 160,000 - have turned the lives of its Palestinians residents into a living hell. . . ." Read More >


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APN-OC: Op-eds - Final Status Issues


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Bad Borders, Good Neighbors
Ephraim Sneh | The New York Times
July 10, 2011

"Today, as American, European, Russian and United Nations officials meet in Washington to discuss the future of the Middle East peace process, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, remains adamant that a peace deal premised on returning to Israel’s pre-1967 borders poses an unacceptable risk to its security.. . ." Read More >


As Congress And Netanyahu Line Up Against 1967 Borders, Most Israelis And Palestinians Support Them
Zaid Jilani | ThinkProgress
May 23, 2011

"Last week, in a speech on the Middle East, President Obama reiterated long-standing US policy that there should be a final settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is based roughly on the pre-1967 borders and mutually agreed land swaps. Despite the fact that Obama’s declaration was nothing new . . ." Read More >


Israel Doesn't Need the West Bank To Be Secure
Martin Van Creveld | The Jewish Daily Forward
December 15, 2010

"When everything is said and done, how important is the West Bank to Israel’s defense? To answer the question, our best starting point is the situation before the 1967 war. At that time, the Arab armed forces surrounding Israel outnumbered the Jewish state’s army by a ratio of 3-to-1. Not only was the high ground in Judea and Samaria in Jordanian hands . . ." Read More >


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Bar-Lev Line in the Jordan Valley
Dov Weisglass | Yedioth Ahronoth
January 2, 2014

"The Israeli demand for a military presence in the Jordan Valley, irrespective of its complete rejection by the Palestinians, requires in-depth examination. Is it really necessary as a security need? Is an IDF force deployed along the seam between Jordan and the Palestinian state the proper security response . . ." Read More >


Who's Afraid of Palestine?
Akiva Eldar | Al-Monitor
May 7, 2014

"A series of studies claims that the establishment of a Palestinian state would benefit regional stability and boost economic growth in tourism, communications and agriculture . . ." Read More >