PeaceCast #52: Remembering Uri Avnery

Israeli journalist and activist Anat Saragusti helps us remember and pay tribute to Uri Avnery, an icon of Israeli public life and of Israel’s peace movement.

Saragusti is a leading Israeli journalist and publicist. She was the CEO of Agenda, the Israeli Center for Strategic Communications. She was a news editor, reporter and photo journalist for several Israeli news outlets, as well as a peace activist, an active feminist, and a human rights advocate. She is a founding member of Ta Ha'Itonayot (a group of leading Israeli women in the media) and of Merkaz Media Nashim (the Gender Media Center).

Saragusti was a protege and long-time friend of Avnery.

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PeaceCast #52: Remembering Uri Avneri: A conversation with Anat Saragusti

Israeli journalist and activist Anat Saragusti helps us remember and pay tribute to Uri Avnery, an icon of Israeli public life and of Israel’s peace movement.

Saragusti is a leading Israeli journalist and publicist. She was the CEO of Agenda, the Israeli Center for Strategic Communications. She was a news editor, reporter and photo journalist for several Israeli news outlets, as well as a peace activist, an active feminist, and a human rights advocate. She is a founding member of Ta Ha'Itonayot (a group of leading Israeli women in the media) and of Merkaz Media Nashim (the Gender Media Center).

Saragusti was a protege and long-time friend of Avnery.

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News Nosh: 8.20.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 20, 2018

Quote of the day:
"The difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist depends on your perspective."
--Veteran peace activist and journalist, Uri Avnery, died today at age 94.

You Must Be Kidding: 
“Don’t come. I’m asking you – don’t show up. We’ve been doing great without you. We don’t need you here. If you come, I’m going to get up and leave...There’s no chance I’d ever interview them. I wouldn’t give them the honor. I’d go."
--Eyal Berkovic, a legendary Israeli soccer player and present-day TV host, declared on his show that Arab members of Knesset are spies and terrorists.**


Breaking News:
*Uri Avnery, Veteran Peace Activist and Among First Israelis to Meet Arafat, Dies at 94
The Gush Shalom founder was one of the first Israelis to actively seek a Palestinian state as a peaceful solution to the conflict: ‘The difference between a freedom fighter and a terrorist depends on your perspective.’ (Haaretz and Ynet)
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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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Video clips of APN's Debra Shushan on Israel i24 News "The Spin Room"

Watch clips of APN Policy and Government Relations Director Debra Shushan from Israel i24 News "The Spin Room" from August 15, 2018. The discussion topic was the recent questioning and detaining of prominent Americans at Israeli ports of entry on political grounds.

"Alarm Bells"

"Gut-Wrenching"

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News Nosh: 8.17.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, August 17, 2018

Quote of the day:
“In the summer of 2018, the lives of dozens of soldiers and civilians were spared. Their time may come in another year, two years or three. But today and tomorrow they’re here. Their families weren’t shattered, graves weren’t dug, eulogies were not delivered. What’s been said of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu many times in the past remains true today: He doesn’t rush to send soldiers into war, certainly a war that’s unnecessary and pointless and after which we will only return to square one. He has also succeeded in recruiting to this judicious and mature policy of containment a defense minister (Avigdor Lieberman), who took over that portfolio two years ago in the guise of James Bond, Rambo and Conan the Barbarian. The size and bitterness of the pill that Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman had to swallow for negotiating with Hamas, with vigorous Egyptian mediation, on the terms of an agreement or 'arrangement,' are beyond measure.”
—Haaretz+ political analyst, Yossi Verter, looks at the decision-making behind the one-year ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel.

You Must Be Kidding: 
“However, as a gesture, and in a step that went beyond the letter of the law, COGAT, with the assistance of the Ministry of Communications and the Customs Authority, allowed a one-time transfer of approximately ten and a half tons of mail that had been held in Jordan."
--Israel says that it did the Palestinians a favor when it allowed to be transferred to the West Bank this week over ten tons of Palestinian mail that it prevented delivery since 2010 because it was not properly addressed to Israel.
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News Nosh: 8.16.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Quote of the day:
"If the weapons were hurting the Jews, they would do everything to find the murderers."
--An Arab resident of Nazareth reacted to the special report by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira, which found that the State had failed to do its job to decrease violence in the Arab communities of Israel.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
According to three different inquiry teams led by brigadier generals, which examined the events of 'Rafah's Black Friday' over the past four years, at least 72 innocent Palestinian civilians were killed that day, including women and children. Nevertheless, Chief Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Sharon Afek found no one in the military guilty of criminal wrongdoing and ruled that there was no justification in taking any steps against any of the officers who led the fighting in the Rafah area that day—such as reprimanding or not promoting them.**
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Elul, the Jewish month leading up to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, is a time of reflection, soul-searching, and repentance. Even before we reach the holy days designated for new beginnings and atonement, Jews prepare to undertake tshuva, asking forgiveness both from our peers and from God. Each day in Elul, except for shabbat, we blow the shofar to awaken our slumbering consciences and reach out to God, who is held to be remarkably close and receptive to prayers during these weeks of spiritual preparation.

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News Nosh: 8.15.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Quote of the day:
"The Shin Bet lady, who already knew everything about me and my family’s journey around the world, began with 'You think because you’re a public person I can’t do whatever I want with you?' I was floored. This is how interrogations begin in police states…In the end, after hours of this, she warned, 'I may let you into Israel but, who knows, I may not let you out. I will keep you here and kick out your family. It depends on you. You would miss your kids, yes?'"
--Following the detention of Jewish-American journalist Peter Beinart and questioning about his political views by the Shin Bet at Ben-Gurion Airport, Iranian-American author and TV host, Reza Aslan, revealed on social media his recent ordeal when entering Israel.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
"Instead of correcting this serious error after being notified, StandWithUs is now ignoring the truth and is doubling down and is repeating this erroneous claim in a new StandWithUs website post that Israeli policy supports a Palestinian state."
--One right-wing pro-Israel organization accused another right-wing pro-Israel organization of endangering Israel for 'falsely' accusing it of supporting the two-state solution.**
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News Nosh: 8.14.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Quote of the Day #1:
"Benjamin Netanyahu has half-apologized for my detention yesterday at Ben Gurion airport. I'll accept when he apologizes to all the Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who every day endure far worse."
Prominent Jewish-American journalist, Peter Beinart, posted on Twitter after Israel's Shin Bet detained him at Ben-Gurion Airport and questioned him over his political views.*
 
Quote of the Day #2:
"From the (Shin Bet's apology) statement it can be concluded that in Israel a black list was compiled, not of terrorist operatives or people suspected of such activity, but of people based on their political views."
--Maariv's Intel commentator writes how the Shin Bet has begun serving the right-wing ideological agenda of the government by detaining and interrogating Israelis and Jewish-Americans over to their left-wing views.**
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