News Nosh 6.19.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 19, 2019
Quote of the day:
"If we do not safeguard the fabric that binds us, we’ll fall into the abyss of hate that has destroyed our national home more than once.”
--Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that the internal rift in Israeli society is its biggest threat.*
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News Nosh 6.17.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday June 17, 2019

Quote of the day:
"Most people in Gaza are thirsty for water - but no less - they are thirsty for a normal life and a better future for their children. They are our neighbors, despite everything, and you cannot ignore what is happening there."
--One of the Israeli workers at the site near the Gaza Strip where Yedioth revealed Israel is laying down a new upgraded water pipe to connect to the Palestinian water system.*
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Legislative Round-up: May 10, 2019

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived

  1. Bills, Resolutions, & Letters
  2. Hearings
  3. On the Record
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News Nosh 4.29.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday April 29, 2019
Quote of the day:
"But even when we have a state we have to remember that we are first of all human beings. At first you do this [racist acts - OH] to certain people, then towards people you just don’t like or you think you're better than they are."
--Israel's President Reuven Rivlin sent a subtle message to Israelis at a Holocaust remembrance event he hosted.*
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News Nosh 2.21.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 21, 2019

Quote of the day:
"The feeling is excellent. We established a ruling party today."
Yair Lapid told journalists as he left his house, hours after it was announced that he and Benny Gantz joined forces to form a new party to replace long-ruling Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.*
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News Nosh 1.17.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday January 17, 2019
Quote of the Day #1:
"In Kafr Qassem, they respect me and make sure that we finish every game before Shabbat begins and that we finish every training or game at an hour so that I'll get home without being under pressure."
--Religious Jewish Israeli soccer player Ohad Edelstein talks about why he's playing with Kafr Qassem, a Muslim Arab Israeli soccer team, for the third season straight.*
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News Nosh 11.28.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday November 28, 2018

NOTE: News Nosh will be published in a truncated version from December 2nd-13th.

Quote of the day:
"Isolating the Palestinians and rendering them irrelevant is a central pillar of Netanyahu’s campaign to push them into a corner, crush their aspirations, smash their expectations and bring them back, with a thud, to a reality in which they must make do with the status quo for the time being and with an administrative autonomy, at best, as a permanent solution. In order to weaken the Palestinians further, Netanyahu is playing divide and rule between Gaza and the West Bank, even if this requires an accommodation with Hamas that disappoints his right-wing base."
--Haaretz's Chemi Shalev writes that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policies could explode in Israel's face.*
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My Jewish Journey, My APN Story

Stephanie Breitsman

As I get ready for Middlebury College’s summer Hebrew immersion course in preparation for beginning rabbinical school in fall 2019, I am reflecting on my APN story.

For pretty much everyone I grew up with, my Presbyterian parents in particular, my decision to become a rabbi comes as a surprise. A few years ago, before I came to work at APN, I wouldn’t have been able to imagine it myself.

I began attending Hillel events in college at the same time that I started studying Arabic and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Initially, I found it difficult to embrace conversion wholeheartedly because of the conflict between my spiritual and cultural attraction to Judaism and my strong criticism of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

While I was living in the West Bank in the summer of 2014, the IDF set off sound bombs and tear gas outside my window as it raided Ramallah at 3 am every night for a week. That first night, I was more afraid than I had ever been, but the next day at work I realized this was normal for my Palestinian colleagues. While strongly committed to Jewish values, I was deeply conflicted about embracing Judaism when I saw, up close, such abuses committed by the Jewish state. And as a person committed to ending the occupation, would I be accepted by the Jewish community?

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News Nosh: May 4, 2018

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday May 4, 2018

You Must Be Kidding: 
It took four days for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to delete his false Facebook post falsely claiming the fan's of Israel's only Arab soccer team booed during a moment of silence for Jewish teens killed in a flash flood.*
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Peace Now in the News: February 13-19, 2018

ABC News: February 19, 2018
"Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017," Brian Reeves, spokesman for Peace Now, an anti-settlement monitoring group, said it could not corroborate Katz's figures but that they are in the "ballpark" of its own estimates.

Haaretz: February 19, 2018
"Netanyahu eyes paying settlers millions for leaving illegal outpost built on private Palestinian land," the High Court ordered the structures in the outpost to be pulled down, following a petition from Peace Now and some Palestinian residents of the Palestinian town of al-Khader.

Times of Israel: February 19, 2018
"Government scrambles to ease pain of illegal outpost evacuation," Peace Now slammed news of a compensation plan for the residents, calling it “political bribery for building offenders.”

Times of Israel: February 13, 2018
"Israel okays temporary homes for residents of outpost slated to be razed," Peace Now slammed approvals, saying that the government had actually authorized the establishment of several new settlements, claiming that projects, such as the one for the Netiv Ha’avot residents are located well beyond the borders of the settlements they’re adjacent to.

Jerusalem Post: February 13, 2018
"New housing site approved for 15 Netiv Ha'avot families," Peace Now and Yesh Din have filed multiple cases on behalf of the Palestinian village of El-Khader, which claims the land falls under their jurisdiction.

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