Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies:
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News Nosh 12.18.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday December 18, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"People who, up until three years ago, were the biggest supporters of Israel now say to us they want to throw up, that all of their love and labor on behalf of Israel went down the drain.”
Eric Goldstein, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said relations between the two largest Jewish communities in the world is "at the lowest point since the state of Israel was established," mainly due to how the Israeli side deals with the Arab-Israeli conflict.*
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Two pieces of controversial legislation may be inserted into a must-pass omnibus spending bill, virtually guaranteeing that they would become law without debate. Please contact your members of Congress to let them know that you oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act and the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 and H.R.1697), under the guise of preventing companies from joining boycotts of Israel promoted by international non-governmental organizations, intentionally blurs the distinction between Israel and the occupation. Under this bill, measures targeting West Bank settlements and the occupation would be regarded as targeting Israel. APN opposes the occupation and supports boycotting West Bank settlements. While opposing boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel (BDS), APN believes that boycotts are a legitimate nonviolent expression of protest, which should not be criminalized.

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act (S.2940 and H.R.5924) would require the Department of Education to utilize a definition of anti-Semitism employed by the Department of State in assessing whether a school has violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by tolerating anti-Semitic harassment. That definition labels as anti-Semitism certain types of criticism of Israel and the occupation. The definition’s author opposes the ASAA, arguing that his definition was never intended for use on campuses as a means of censoring constitutionally protected free speech. Should it pass, the ASAA likely will have a chilling effect on speech related to Israel on college campuses.

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News Nosh 12.17.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday December 17, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"How exactly are we supposed to do this? Take families and throw them in the Hebron Hills? And then what? Watch them so that they don't move? Chase them each time they go back to their village and then throw them out again?"
--An unnamed senior Israeli security official said after ministers approved a bill to expel families of Palestinians who attacked or plan to attack Israelis.*
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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (December 17, 2018) - Middle East persons of the year 2018

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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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Legislative Round-up: December 14, 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. Middle East Elements in the Omnibus?
  3. Hearings
  4. On the Record
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News Nosh 12.13.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, December 13, 2018

*Please note that News Nosh will be truncated and limited to the English Israeli media through Thursday, December 13, while Orly Halpern is away.
 
Quote of the day:

"The absence of the horizon of peace is what led to this series of violence, which we condemn and reject, and for which both sides pay a price."

-- President Mahmoud Abbas in a statement condemning the recent West Bank attacks
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News Nosh 12.12.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
 
Quote of the day:
"It is strange to read in the Italian newspapers that some people are amazed that I call Islamist terrorists what they are, Islamist terrorists... Let us give the right weight to words. If we do not identify the adversary—I am not saying enemy but adversary—then the game will never be won."

-- Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, in response to criticism from his coalition allies for denouncing Hezbollah as terrorists
 
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News Nosh 12.10.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, December 10, 2018

*Please note that News Nosh will be truncated and limited to the English Israeli media through Thursday, December 13, while Orly Halpern is away.
 

FYI: 

Now is a great time to download APN's Facts on the Ground, a new, completely revamped and upgraded version of the groundbreaking settlements map app. It is available for free on iPhone and Android.

Go HERE for more and links to download the app on Apple or Android

Go HERE to get to the Apple link directly

Go HERE to get to the Android link directly
 

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (December 10, 2018) - Bibi, Lebanon, and IDF restraint

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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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