APN/Peace Now in the News: January 23 - 31, 2014

The Forward - January 28, 2014
APN's Debra DeLee: Love Israel. Oppose BDS. Reject SodaStream.

Cleveland Jewish News - January 23, 2014
APN Board Member Mark Silverberg op-ed: Proposed new Iran sanctions all wrong

Haaretz - January 23, 2014
US Students on Project Extend meet with Peace Now in Israel

Arutz 7 - January 28, 2014
Peace Now organizes "Price Tag" tours

JTA - January 28, 2014
APN part of a loose coalition supporting the Obama administration on Iran

LA Jewish Journal (JTA story) - January 29, 2014
APN among loose coalition working to support Obama administration on Iran

Maariv (English translation, no link) - January 28, 2014
Peace Now Offering West Bank Tour in the Footsteps of "Price Tag"

Price Tag Tourism: Peace Now Offering Tour in the Footsteps of the Extreme Right Wing
Ma’ariv (back page) by Itamar Fleishman -- There is now another kind of tour to Judea and Samaria in addition to the popular tours to the sites where historic events took place, and visits to settlements and wineries. These news tours are being sponsored by people who oppose all settlement beyond the Green Line, and they will take visitors to places where price tag operations were committed.

These tours are being organized by Peace Now and they will go to Arab villages in the territories where participants can see the places where graffiti was spray-painted on walls and where acts of arson and attempted arson was committed, targeting houses mosques and cars. Peace Now has already prepared ads, but has not made public the date of the next tour because it fears members of the extreme right wing will sabotage it. Peace Now says that there is great demand. “There is a great thirst, mainly from students and other young people to see reality with their own eyes,” says Yariv Oppenheimer. “The goal is to present a geopolitical picture and to show that expanding the settlements hurts the chances of peace, and to show the effect of the settlements and the outposts on life in the area and to reveal to the public the attacks [on Palestinians].”

Oppenheimer promises that the tour will also visit places that have become “hostile for IDF soldiers.” He is most likely referring to outposts that are considered more militant but refuses to give details due to “concern that settlers will decide to block the roads and only let in tours of people of their own mindset,” as he puts it.

The tours are meant to counter the successful tours given by the settlers in which thousands of Israelis, among them VIPs, visit the territories, are given a subsidized tour and learn about the settlers’ view of events. One agency that gives such tours is the Settlers Council.

Settlers Council Deputy Director General Yigal Dilmoni said last night: “There’s no question that seeing and tours are important. Our tours show the reality of Judea and Samaria, without filters.”

News Nosh 01.31.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday January 31, 2014

Word of the day:
--The Israel Defense Forces describes the effect of conducting military exercises inside Palestinian villages - and sometimes in their homes without their knowledge - and decides to continue, although it is also illegal according to international law.**

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News Nosh 01.30.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
January 30, 2014

CORRECTION: Former Haaretz editor-in-chief, David Landau, was the author of yesterday's Quote of the Day and not as printed.

Quotes of the day:
“A strong country signs an agreement" and "Bibi, only you can"
--Slogans on posters around country paid for by top Israel businesspeople who are pushing for peace.**

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Press Release: SOTU Underscores Obama's Commitment to Middle East Peace, Security


In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama addressed in detail the issues that are at the heart of APN's mission and activities.

APN's President and CEO Debra DeLee offered the following comments on the address:

"In his State of the Union -- his annual address to Congress and the American people highlighting the most important issues and priorities on the nation's agenda -- the President rightly singled out for special mention his Administration's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 'As we speak,' he said, 'American diplomacy is supporting Israelis and Palestinians as they engage in difficult but necessary talks to end the conflict there; to achieve dignity and an independent state for Palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the State of Israel.'

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APN CEO Debra DeLee in The Forward: Love Israel. Oppose BDS. Reject SodaStream.

As counterintuitive as it may be, when you see Scarlett Johansson’s Super Bowl ad on Sunday, promoting a product that lets you make carbonated drinks at home, try to see through bubbles and think about the future of the Middle East.

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News Nosh 01.29.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday January 29, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Yitzhak Rabin once purportedly spoke of needing a passport to enter Gush Etzion. That seems unimaginable today. But such diplomatic formalities, in an on-the-ground atmosphere of cooperation, could provide the pragmatic flexibility needed in a partition agreement. "
--Haaretz commentator David Landau on the need to give up land for peace.**

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Event 2/9: Danny Seidemann - Jerusalem and the Two-State Solution: Breakdown or Breakthrough


Jerusalem and the Two-State Solution: Breakdown or Breakthrough
Premier Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann will discuss current developments in and around Jerusalem, and how they impact the viability of both Secretary Kerry’s ongoing peace efforts, and of the two-state solution itself.

No RSVP necessary

Sunday, February 9th
10:15-11:30 am
Temple Micah,
2829 Wisconsin Avenue NW (corner of Garfield)
in the Sanctuary

Daniel “Danny” Seidemann is the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem (TJ), an Israeli non‐governmental organization that promotes an Israeli‐Palestinian permanent status peace agreement by working to ensure that an agreement is possible on the issue of Jerusalem. By providing decision‐makers and opinion‐shapers with relevant data, analyses and maps, TJ strives to engage them in preventing developments that are detrimental to (a) the two‐state solution, (b) the stability of Jerusalem, and (c) the humanitarian situation.

In addition, you can read his most recent article on Jerusalem here.

New America Foundation Panel with APN's Lara Friedman: 1/31: Peace for Israel and Palestine?

New America Foundation


Peace for Israel and Palestine?
Public Opinion 20 Years after Oslo

In collaboration with

The Arab American Institute.

As Secretary of State John Kerry's April deadline for a peace agreement approaches, a key concern is whether the Israeli and Palestinian publics are ready to support an agreement. Where do Israelis and Palestinians stand on key issues, and what kind of peace agreement do they want?

Twenty years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, Zogby Research Services examined these questions in its latest public opinion poll on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes toward the peace process. Please join the Arab American Institute and the New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force for the survey's public release and a discussion of its findings. The poll, conducted for the Sir Bani Yas Forum in the UAE, provides critical insights for today's peace negotiators as they seek a viable agreement that both the Israeli and Palestinian publics can support.

James Zogby
President, Arab American Institute and Zogby Research Services

Khaled Elgindy
Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Lara Friedman
Director, Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now

Leila Hilal
Director, Middle East Task Force, New American Foundation

Friday, January 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Join the conversation online using #20AfterOslo and following @NewAmerica and aaiusa.

If you are unable to join us in person, please tune in to our live webcast of the event. No signup is required to view the streaming video.


To RSVP for the event, click on the red button or go to the event page:

For questions, contact Liana Simonds at New America at (202) 735-2829 or simonds@newamerica.org.

News Nosh 01.28.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 28, 2014

Quote of the day:
“It’s unfortunate and worrying to receive yet another signal of the ongoing increase in extremism in the Orthodox education system that is funded by the state, which acts like an ignorant soccer team that is not prepared to accept even one Arab player. "
--Oren Yehi-Shalom, director of the NGO Israeli Education on the refusal of the Education Ministry to employ Arab teachers in religious Jewish schools.**

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News Nosh 01.27.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday January 27, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Those who see anti-Semitism in the criticism being leveled on Israel because of its settlement policy undermine the battle against anti-Semitism."
--Justice Minister and chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni slams the Israeli government and the Canadian Prime Minister's stance on anti-Semitism and settlers.**

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