News Nosh 12.11.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday December 11, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
“Show me where in West Jerusalem or in Tel Aviv a man would put cameras on his drug den? He knows they won’t do anything to him. If anyone touches him he would come with his weapon and shoot. The police know, everyone knows and no one does anything. Nobody dares touch him.”
—Khaled Zeir, a resident of Silwan neighborhood in E. Jerusalem, was one of many Palestinian Jerusalemites that Haaretz’s Nir Hasson interviewed who described how Israeli police were not only not stopping the plague of drug dealers filling the E. Jerusalem streets, but preventing residents from organizing to stop them.*

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News Nosh 12.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 10, 2019

 
Quote of the day:
"When there's a vacuum, ignorance and lies take place.”
--Dr. Liat Ben David, director of the Davidson Institute of Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, said after a religious Jewish speaker who claimed that the Earth was flat gave a lecture to ninth graders at the request of the American Jewish religious organization, which operates that school and over 100 others.*

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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 12.9.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday November 26, 2019
 
Number of the day:
2,306,000.
--Number of people living in poverty in Israel, according to a report by Latet, an Israeli food bank NGO. Half of the elderly in need cannot heat their homes in winter or adapt them to medical needs and more than half of children receiving aid do not have enough to eat.*

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APN's Ori Nir OpEd in Ha'aretz: "Israel’s Campaign to Destabilize Jordan"

After 25 years of peace, humiliation and disappointment, Jordan fears Israel's next moves will constitute an existential threat to the kingdom

by Ori Nir 

Dec 08, 2019

Crossing the Allenby Bridge back into Israel, after visiting Jordan just after the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, an occasion that was not celebrated either in Israel or in Jordan, I felt despondent. Jordan’s monarch recently depicted his country's relationship with Israel as being "at an all-time low."

Senior Jordanian officials haven't yet entirely given up hoping Israel will wake up to the need to preserve relations with Jordan, rather than undermining them. But they also know that widely-flagged future moves by a right-wing Israeli government - not least, West Bank annexation – could be critically destabilizing for Jordan, and a lethal blow for bilateral relations.

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News Nosh 12.8.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday December 8, 2019

 Quotes of the day:
"This is a period of uncertainty and such periods are fertile ground for incitement and hateful voices, fertile ground for discourse that seeks to turn the tables, to make the guards out as rioters, the protectors as attackers, turn falsehoods into truth. They will lie, and we will tell the truth. This is a period that an unprecedented delegitimization campaign is being made against the law enforcement system in Israel. It is a successful campaign in which hatred and incitement are the currency. This is no longer coming from the lunatic fringes of society."
--Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber said in a speech at the annual conference of the Israel Association for Public Law.*

"Dina's speech was rightly applauded here, but in groups where we have a serious problem of trust it did not achieve its goal - and perhaps the opposite.”
--Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazri said at the annual conference of the Israel Association for Public Law.*
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The Story of Chanukah: "It's About the Light"

When Jews recall the Chanukah story of the day’s worth of oil that lasted for eight, we often forget that the miracle was not the extra mileage the Maccabees got from a few ounces of fuel.

The miracle was that the leaders of the newly independent Israel were willing to light the oil to rededicate the Temple—even though there was no guarantee they would realize that goal.

The story of Chanukah is not about the oil; it’s about the light. Had the Maccabees not taken those first uncertain steps, the light of their faith would not still be visible, more than 2000 years later.

Today, in the first era of Jewish independence since the time of the Maccabees, Shalom Achshav, Israel’s indefatigable peace movement, has not stopped, for one moment, advocating for the steps that will lead to an end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians—a goal of two states at peace, and a secure, Jewish and democratic Israel.

(Peace Now's protest in Hebron from Friday. Sign says: "Opposing the Settlement in Hebron".)

Prime Minister Netanyahu is not focused on the light. Settlements continue to proliferate - just last week, alone, the Israeli government approved doubling the size of the settlement at Hebron, further placing the future of two states for two peoples in jeopardy. The government sits gridlocked, facing the prospect of a third, exhausting round of elections while the sitting prime minister faces criminal proceedings.

And yet, the light of Chanukah is no ordinary light. The light is to inspire us to never give in to darkness and to never give up hope. Shalom Achshav is the embodiment of this – they inspire us to never give up, to not wallow in despair.

Through your support, you can educate decision-makers and mobilize grassroots support for a two-state solution. Because it isn’t about the oil.

It’s about the light.

Statement from the Progressive Israel Network:

As leading progressive pro-Israel organizations in the American Jewish community, we commend the House of Representatives for passing House Resolution 326. This landmark resolution, which reaffirms support for a two-state solution, marks the first time the House has formally opposed unilateral Israeli annexation of the West Bank and asserted longstanding US opposition to settlements.

The passage of this legislation comes at a critical moment. The resolution sends an urgent message to the region just days after President Trump reportedly spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the latter’s plan to annex the Jordan Valley. It is a repudiation of the Trump administration’s attempts last month to legitimize Israeli settlements on occupied territory by declaring that the US no longer views them as a violation of international law, a reversal of decades of bipartisan foreign policy. 

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Legislative Round-up: December 6, 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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Shaqued Morag, Shalom Achshav Executive Director: "Good News from Israel"

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