APN/Peace Now in the News - June 7-14, 2019

Forward: "David Friedman Is A Joke. He Should Be Fired." by APN's Ori Nir (June 12, 2019)

Last week, an Israeli armed with nothing but an avocado robbed two banks in the southern city of Beer Sheva. He told the terrified tellers he was holding a hand grenade...

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JTA: "David Friedman gave Netanyahu half a nod for West Bank annexation. What happens next?" (June 11, 2019)

APN's Debra Shushan: "U.S. Ambassador Friedman's green-lighting of annexation, which Prime Minister Netanyahu will find difficult to resist, will be the ruin of the Zionist dream of Israel as a democratic national home for the Jewish people."

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The Jerusalem Post (JTA): "AIPAC, J Street Support Restoring Israel-Palestine Peace Dialogue Funding (June 7, 2019)

The bill announced Wednesday has drawn support from groups that are often at odds over peace policy, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which generally aligns with the Israeli government on security issues, and J Street and Americans for Peace Now, which have frequently criticized the Netanyahu government's and Trump administration's approaches to the conflict.

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News Nosh 6.12.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday June 12, 2019
Quote of the day:
“It doesn’t need to matter to anyone what my ethnicity is and what my name is.”
--Newly acquired soccer player of Beitar Jerusalem soccer team, Ali Mohammed, responded to the team's anti-Arab fan club, which opposes the use of his name at the stadium and only agrees to him playing because he is Christian, not Muslim.*
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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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News Nosh 6.11.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday June 11, 2019

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Our problem is with his name only and not with the player himself. So we will change his name so that the name Mohammad will not be heard at Teddy Stadium."
—After discovering that the new acquisition to the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team was not a Muslim, the racist anti-Arab 'La Familia' fan club released a statement explaining it did not oppose the acquisition of the Nigerian - but they did have a problem with his name: Ali Mohammed. The post was later deleted.**
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PeaceCast: Rabbinic Prism, in partnership with T'ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

This special episode of PeaceCast is produced in partnership with T’ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.

It features six stories told by rabbinical students at a recent story telling evening in Israel, at the end of their one-year T’ruah program there.

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Legislative Round-up: June 7, 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 - Israel/Palestine
  2. Bills & Resolutions - Iran
  3. Bills & Resolutions - Approps/Auth bills
  4. Bills & Resolutions - Syria
  5. Bills & Resolutions - Arms Sales to KSA & UAE
  6. Bills & Resolutions - MISC
  7. Letters
  8. Hearings
  9. On the Record
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Shavuot - "Choosing Hope" from Jim Klutznick, APN Chair

As we approach the holiday of Shavuot we are faced with a choice: Do we choose hope, or do we choose fear?

Choosing fear removes "us" from the equation and makes us live in a way where there is no choice but endless war and occupation, and continual settlement building where this all becomes a fait accompli. Hope, on the other hand, puts "us" back into the equation, believing that Israelis can build a secure home for themselves, living in peace with their neighbors.

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APN/Peace Now In the News - May 24-June 7

Ha'aretz: "Democrats With Eye on White House Increasingly Willing to Bash Bibi While Supporting Israel" (June 7, 2019)

Debra Shushan, director of policy at American for Peace Now, told Haaretz that "Democratic presidential candidates are getting the memo: While likely voters in the Democratic presidential primaries continue to support Israel, they disapprove of Prime Minister Netanyahu and his anti-peace, pro-occupation policies..."

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Canadian Jewish News: "Shaqued Morag: You can love Israel and criticize it" (June 3, 2019)

Shaqued Morag is the executive director of Peace Now...The CJN spoke with her on May 17 in Toronto.

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Al Monitor: "Contradictory moves to rescue Palestinian economy" (May 24, 2019)

Ori Nir, spokesman of Americans for Peace Now, told Al-Monitor that the Trump administration's approach brings the conflict back to the 1970s and 1980s...

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News Nosh 6.6.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday June 6, 2019

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Super Trump, Jerusalem's prince. Super Trump, to the skies he will reach."
--Chorus of song by Jerusalem's Boys Choir, hailing US President Donald Trump as a savior.**
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Americans for Peace Now, J Street, T’ruah, Ameinu, New Israel Fund, Jewish Labor Committee, Partners for Progressive Israel, Hashomer Hatzair, and National Council of Jewish Women welcome the reintroduction of legislation to establish a Partnership Fund for Peace. The Fund will support people-to-people peacebuilding programs, which play an important role in building connections, understanding, and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. It will also finance joint ventures between Palestinian companies and businesses in the United States and Israel.

While we welcome the legislation, we are concerned about the political moment in which this legislation is being introduced. It is increasingly clear that the Trump administration’s “peace” approach entails forcing the Palestinians to give up on statehood in exchange for promises of economic development. Some may therefore read this bill as endorsement of an “economic peace” approach.

We strongly emphasize that our endorsement of the Partnership Fund for Peace should not be read that way. As the legislation states, a strengthened Palestinian economy and improved people-to-people ties are central to prospects for a two-state solution. The converse is also true: a diplomatic solution and an end to occupation are essential both to the growth of the Palestinian economy and to Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Economic development is no substitute for a political agreement that will resolve the core issues driving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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