APN strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s decision to subsume diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians into the US embassy to Israel. We call upon fellow American Jewish organizations to join our demand that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reverse this disastrous decision.

Turning the US consulate to Jerusalem, which until now has served as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians, into a “new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside US Embassy Jerusalem” (to use the language of today’s State Department press release) is a severe blow to efforts to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Legislative Round-up: October 12, 2018

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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Briefing Call (3pm EST): Lara Alqasem and Israel's Entry Law

Join us and our fellow organizations TODAY for a briefing call in advance of the Israeli Supreme Court’s consideration of the case of Lara Alqasem. We are calling on the Israeli government to admit Alqasem into Israel to pursue her studies at Hebrew University.

Alqasem has become the latest symbol of the fight for an open Israeli society. She is fighting the government’s decision to expel her for her past political affiliation with a student organization that supports boycotts against Israel.

For more background on Lara’s case, click here to read APN’s press release calling on the Israeli government to let her stay.

Click here to join the briefing call on Facebook Live TODAY at 3pm. Speakers will be Leora Bechor, Alqasem's attorney, and MK Tamar Zandberg, leader of the Meretz party.

Thanks for your support,
Americans for Peace Now

This briefing call is co-sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, J Street, Ameinu, National Council of Jewish Women, New Israel Fund, Partners for a Progressive Israel, Reconstructing Judaism, and T’ruah.

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News Nosh: 10.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 16, 2018

 
Quote of the Day #1:
“However, bringing a resident of Gaza to trial in Israel for complaining about the conditions that he and other residents of the Gaza Strip are in, seems to me to be a blatantly inappropriate step, both judicially and morally.”
—Israeli District Court Judge Eliahu Bitan rejected Israel’s claims against two young Gazan fisherman and ordered their release.*

Quote of the Day #2:
“It’s a greater threat than nuclear bombs or terrorism greater than the enemies who seek our destruction. The threat of internal division will always be the greatest threat of all.”
--President Reuven Rivlin warned at the opening of the Knesset's winter session yesterday.**
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News Nosh: 10.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday October 15, 2018  
Quote of the day:
“We do not want revenge, only to catch and punish those who murdered her."
--Yakoub al-Rawbi, the widower of Aisha, the Palestinian woman who was killed Friday by a rock thrown at the windshield of her vehicle, as the couple drove home in the West Bank.*
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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (October 17, 2018) - Who’s afraid of criticism?

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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ACTION ALERT: Act to Prevent Trump from Launching a War of Choice Against Iran

A new bill introduced in the Senate would block President Trump from launching an unnecessary war against Iran. Introduced by Senator Tom Udall and enjoying bipartisan support, the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2018 draws on Congressional power of the purse and power to declare war in to constrain the Trump administration. The legislation mandates that no funds may be used for military operations against Iran absent Congressional authorization for such operations or an imminent threat to the United States.

Thank your Senators for signing the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act, and encourage them to do so if they have not.

The possibility that the Trump administration may launch an ill-advised American strike against Iran, reminiscent of the 2003 Iraq war, is real and dangerous. Trump has surrounded himself with Iran war hawks like National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. At their counsel, the United States is now violating the Iran nuclear deal, which increases the likelihood of an unnecessary war. And Trump’s Twitter threats against Iran — for example, warning that Iran will “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” — increase the risk of miscalculation by both sides.

Take action to thank you Senators if they have co-sponsored this bill. If they haven’t yet signed on, ask them to do so now.

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News Nosh: 10.11.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday October 11, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"Needless to say that in light of the calls to 'kill every terrorist,' the happy trigger finger, and the sentiments against Arab members of Knesset in general and myself in particular, (Defense) Minister (Avigdor) Lieberman has exposed me to real danger with his words.”
Arab MK Hanin Zoabi filed a complaint to the Knesset Ethics Committee against Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman for posting on Facebook that she is "a terrorist."
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News Nosh: 10.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday October 10, 2018

 
Quote of the day:
"How did a movement that represents the marginal fringe of the fringe turn into an existential threat? The answer is not found in the field of strategy, but rather in the field of psychology."
--Yedioth commentator, Aviad Kleinberg, writes that Israel is hysterical when it comes to BDS.*
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News Nosh: 10.9.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday October 9, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
“I’ve worked with Arabs for many years, and I'm not afraid … they are very respectful people, and many Palestinians I work with told me that they are saddened by what happened to me, and to two other victims,” she reiterated.
—Sarah Vettori was shot and injured Sunday at the Barkan industrial zone by a Palestinian, a former employee who shot and killed two other Jewish employees. She was then saved by a Palestinian employee, who ran to help her.
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