News Nosh 03.02.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 02, 2014

Quote of the day:
It’s hard to believe we still are waging a quixotic war about the fact that we are Jews and our state is Jewish. 
--Yoel Marcus writes in Haaretz+ that Israelis must focus on how to live in peace with the Palestinians and divide what was once Palestine.**
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Is a Settlement Boycott Best for Israel? APN's Lara Friedman in the New York Times

A powerful debate between APN's Lara Friedman and Rabbi Daniel Gordis in the New York Times.


Israel’s expansion of settlements in the occupied territories has been an obstacle to the two-state solution, considered the most likely hope for peace with the Palestinians.

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APN/Peace Now in the News: February 21 - February 28, 2014

LA Jewish Journal - February 26, 2014
APN Board Member Sandy Weiner and Steve Kaplan: Boycotting Settlements is the way to fight BDS

Oberlin Review (campus newspaper) - February 24, 2014
Interview with APN's Lara Friedman

Arutz 7 - February 25, 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer warns: There are more potential Baruch Goldsteins in the settlements

Arutz 7 - February 25, 2014
Peace Now opposes taxpayer funding for extreme right non-profits

PAST ACTION: Tell President Obama to stand firm with Netanyahu


Update: this action, now closed, ran in March 2014. 

When President Obama meets Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House on Monday, their conversation will no doubt focus on two issues that are central to the Obama Administration’s foreign policy agenda: Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Tell President Obama that you are a part of his constituency for peace. Make sure he knows that Americans who care about Israel have his back.

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The Forward: "Business Coalition Pushes Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu To Forge Peace Deal"

Uncertainty Dampens Growth on Both Sides of Green Line

By Nathan Jeffay

The latest coalition of Israelis and Palestinians hoping to affect the settlement of the conflict is not your usual bunch of peace activists. They are wealthy businesspeople who work in a broad range of sectors, from construction to high-tech. They don’t need to struggle to be heard in the halls of power — they already have the ears of everyone from Israel’s prime minister to the leaders of Hamas.

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News Nosh 02.28.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday February 28, 2014

Number of the day:
--Percentage of Hebrew-speaking Israelis likely to support a regional peace agreement.

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News Nosh 02.27.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 27, 2014

Quote of the day:
“They touched me all over my body. They even asked me about my bones. They asked me to take off my slacks, my bra."
-- Ezies Elias Shehadeh, an Israeli-Arab tourism teacher at a Jewish high school, on being separated from her students and strip-searched at Eilat airport on the way back from a school trip.*

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Steven Kaplan and Sanford Weiner in the Jewish Journal: A victory against anti-Israel BDS


Israelis and supporters of Israel are increasingly concerned about international pressure — and with good reason. There was last year’s directive from the European Union, which threatened important Israel-EU cooperation; the recent uproar about SodaStream, which brought Israel unflattering media attention; and the almost daily news of some European country singling out an Israeli company for negative treatment.

Are these victories for the global BDS movement — the movement calling on people and nations to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel? Absolutely not. 

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News Nosh 02.26.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 26, 2014

Quote of the day:
"What's your deal with the Temple Mount, Moshe? Does it really stress you? Take two rounds on your BMX. There is no Tel-Aviv without the Temple Mount? Nu, really."
--Meretz MK Ilan Gilon responds to Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who said without Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount, there is no purpose to our existence in this whole country.**

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Book Review: What do you Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife?

This is the eleventh in a series of reviews of books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, to review David Harris-Gershon's  new book.What-Do-You-Buy-For-the-Children-195x293

David Harris-Gershon, What do you Buy the Children of the Terrorist who Tried to Kill Your Wife? (London: One World, 2013). 325 pages. $13.70.

David Harris-Gershon has written a brave memoir that charts the traumatic and long-range impact of his wife Jamie’s near-death from a terrorist bombing at Hebrew University in 2002, and his route to healing by trying to understand the motives of the terrorist, Mohammad Odeh. 

There are several points of entry into Harris-Gershon’s story:  the opening section in which he recounts the bombing and actions of the bomber, his recollections of the aftermath interwoven with the history of his relationship with Jaime, and the summary of the historical context in which the attack took place.

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