News Nosh 2.24.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday February 24, 2021

NOTE: News Nosh will be off on Thursday, February 25th, for Purim holiday, and return on Sunday, February 28th. 

Quote of the day:

"Any delay lowers his chances of recovery and may result in irreversible damage."
--Dr. David Schul wrote in his medical opinion, calling for Israeli medical respiratory and physical rehabilitation of Harun Abu Aram, who was completely paralyzed when an Israeli soldier 'misfired' into his neck on January 1st. Israel's Physicians for Human Rights Israel has called on the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide Abu Aram with the treatment. The ministry has yet to provide any care for Abu Aram.*

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News Nosh 2.23.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Tuesday February 23, 2021


Quote of the day:

“The possibility that Israel gathers shepherds into its knapsack as though they were assets in a virtual reality game, is horrifying. The arrest of people for bargaining purposes is an act that suits criminal gangs, which treat people like tradable property. It strips the kidnapped people of their humanity and turns the kidnappers into human traffickers. If the defense establishment – which has already committed such abductions in the past, as in the famous affair of the bargaining chips from Lebanon (which ended in the High Court of Justice decision to release them) – has not uprooted this practice, it is embroiling itself in a grave criminal act that cannot be ignored. Objectifying human beings is a clear act of dehumanzation, whether it is sexual objectification or security objectification."
—Human rights attorney Michael Sfard raises the chilling questions over the imprisonment of two Syrian shepherds, who were released in exchange for the Israeli woman, who crossed the border into Syria on her own accord.*

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers: Netanyahu in a Nutshell (February 22, 2021)


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 2.22.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday February 22, 2021

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israeli forces detained Aws Ghazi Najeeb, 8, and his brother Mohammed, 6, while they were near their home in the town of Hizma.**

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News Nosh 2.21.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday February 21, 2021


Quote of the day:

"The proposal talks about 'redeeming the land,' as if we were living under the Ottoman Empire...This is a decision aimed solely at harming a future Israeli-Palestinians settlement. If there were a responsible adult in the region, they would have prevented it. But right now, no such person can be found."*
--In an Op-Ed in 'Israel Hayom,' Yossi Beilin slams the Jewish National Fund (JNF/KKL) plan to invest $11.6 million toward the purchase of lands in the West Bank. The JNF stipulates that only Jews can buy, mortgage or lease JNF-owned land.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
In a survey of 1,100 teens aged 16-18 who constitute a representative sample of Israel’s different “tribes” – secular, religious Zionist, ultra-Orthodox and Arab, Arabs are the group most feared and hated by Jews of all kinds. This view was expressed by 24%, 42% and 66%, respectively of secular, religious Zionist and ultra-Orthodox teens. Fully 49% of religious Zionists and 23% of secular Jews favored stripping Arabs of the right to vote.**

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APN Webinar (Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021) - with MK Meirav Michaeli

Please Join Americans for Peace Now for this timely webinar.

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00 pm (ET)

MK Merav Michaeli

Knesset Member

Israeli citizens will go to the polls in a month to elect a new Knesset. It’s the fourth round in two years, but it’s not déjà vu. There are several new developments. One of them is Merav Michaeli’s fresh leadership at the Labor Party. As the newly elected chair of a party, Michaeli is working to revive it and remake it as a relevant, powerful force in Israeli politics.

What do these elections mean for Israel’s left? What alliances is Israel’s Zionist left willing to create to deny Benjamin Netanyahu another term in office? Can Israeli-Palestinian peace be on the electoral agenda when the elections are first and foremost a referendum on Netanyahu? What are the prospects of a stronger alliance between Israel’s Zionist left and the Arab minority?

Knesset Member Michaeli will address these and other questions on our briefing call, in conversation with APN Board member Jo Ann Mort and APN President and CEO Hadar Susskind. The webinar, another in a series on the coming elections will take place on Thursday, February 25th, at 12:00 noon (EST)

In her nine years in Israeli politics, following a successful career in television and print journalism, MK Michaeli has established herself as a clear, courageous progressive voice, focusing on peace, social justice, women’s rights, and LGBT rights. One of Israel’s leading feminists, Michaeli has been socially active since the late 1990s, when she established a lobbying organization to assist and promote sexual violence victim centers across Israel. As a Knesset member, she consistently speaks out against the occupation and against the Israeli government’s inaction in pursuit of an end to the occupation.


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Legislative Round-up: February 19, 2021

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. Hearings & Markups
3. On the Record

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived. 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 2.18.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday February 18, 2021


You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel gives Palestinians permits to work in Israel, but won't give them vaccines.**

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APN Webinar (Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021) - Michael Sfard: Prosecuting the Occupation?

Please Join Americans for Peace Now for this timely webinar.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 11:00 am (ET)

Michael Sfard

International Human Rights Activist, Lawyer

The international Criminal Court (ICC) recently ruled that it has jurisdiction over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip — territories under Israeli occupation since 1967. This opens the path for the ICC to launch formal investigations against war crimes suspects, whether Israelis or Palestinians.

What does the ICC’s decision mean for Israel? How is it going to conduct investigations? Are charges against the Israeli individual Israelis imminent? What is the nature of the judicial procedure? Is the threat of ICC proceedings likely to influencing the conduct of the IDF in the occupied territories, or the Israeli government’s West Bank settlement policy? Is it likely to encourage Israel to engage diplomatically with the Palestinians?

Israeli human rights lawyer Michael Sfard will address these and other questions in this webinar on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 11:00 am EST.

Michael Sfard is an Israeli attorney who represents various Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace organizations, movements, and activists, including Israel’s Peace Now movement. He is an expert in international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He was educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at University College in London.


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News Nosh 2.17.21

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday February 17, 2021


Word of the day:

--Now erased from the entry regarding the Palesitnian Territories by Hebrew Wikipedia community of volunteer editors on Hebrew Wikipedia, who replaced it with Israel’s “rule” or “control."** 

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