March 26, 2014: Ori Nir and Ghaith al-Omari at American University

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News Nosh 03.26.14

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

Quote of the day:
"Around halfway in, what was meant to be a fair but pointed indictment of J Street becomes instead a remarkable expose of the odd-man-out bitterness and the burning, bully pulpit venom of marquee personalities in the American Jewish right."
--Haaretz's Bradley Burston writes about the irony of the right-wing funded film meant to convince Jewish Americans to be right-wing.**

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March 25, 2014: Lara Friedman and Hussein Ibish at GWU

Americans for Peace Now, The American Task Force on Palestine and J Street U GWU present Lara Friedman (Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now) and Hussein Ibish (Senior Fellow, The American Task Force on Palestine) were hosted by J Street U at George Washington University for a talk on the current status of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

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See below for photos and tweets from the event:

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News Nosh 03.25.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 25, 2014

Quote of the day:
“A body that lives off of public funds, without reporting what it does with the money, doesn’t deserve a shekel of our tax money.” 
-- Said Labor MK Stav Shaffir, who leads the fight against transfers tax money to the World Zionist Organization's settlement arm and forced a postponement of the vote.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: March 14-March 21, 2014

Jerusalem Post - March 15, 2014
Peace Now mocks Right in new video
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/WATCH-Peace-Now-mocks-Right-in-new-video-345457

JPUpdates - March 16, 2014
Peace Now Launches Counterpunch Satirical Video Poking Fun At Right-Wing
http://jpupdates.com/2014/03/16/video-peace-now-launches-counterpunch-satirical-video-poking-fun-right-wing/

Waging Non-violence (blog) - March 17, 2014
APN and Peace Now mapping featured in story about the role of mapping in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/west-bank-map-making-form-struggle/

The Forward - March 17, 2014
Critical article re: Peace Now's Purim video
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/194702/peace-now-video-advances-mockery-not-peace/

Haaretz - March 19, 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer op-ed: Why Israel's peace camp is acting up
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.580715

AP - March 19, 2014
Peace Now says new settlement construction in East Jerusalem is imminent 
http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/474346/Palestinians-threaten-to-resume-UN-campaign.html?isap=1&nav=5022

AFP - March 20, 2014
Israeli government confirms Peace Now data regarding plans for more than 2,000 new homes in WB settlements
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hCaRsqY4bex3qQR1ZYxg__2e3-hg?docId=4c722cd3-f5fd-4c2d-b632-37c8f297c0ba

New York Times - March 20, 2014
Peace Now: Israeli government approves more than 2,000 new housing units in WB settlements
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/21/world/middleeast/israel-settlement-plans-renew-palestinian-outrage.html?_r=0&gwh=F4612724EF046E9B91451F8D35817356&gwt=regi#story-continues-1

Chicago Tribune (Reuters story) - March 21, 2014
Peace Now: Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in WB settlements
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-palestinians-israel-settlements-20140321,0,3373487.story

APN's Ori Nir in Haaretz: Two-staters, unite behind Kerry

kerry_briefing_2014-320x265You don’t have to love everything that the U.S. Secretary of State will present in his 'framework’ paper - but there is too much at stake not to support a chance for peace.

There’s a kind of hush in the peace camp as Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to issue the “framework” for continued Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. And unlike Karen Carpenter's saccharine song, this hush is not intended to make room for the sound of lovers in love. It’s a hush of inhibition, the silence of the skeptics who have known too many past disappointments.

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News Nosh 03.24.14

APN's daily news review from Israel

Monday March 24, 2014
 

Quote of the day:

"The right wing says you can't talk to [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas. Maybe without the ruckus of the tractors building settlements you could hear him better?"

--Merav Galili, host of 'State of the Nation' Israeli comedy talk show, interviews Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.**


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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: March 24, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses why Israel is hesitating to release another group of Palestinian prisoners this week; the Hamas connection; if the US-sponsored two-state talks will be extended; the upset in Israel-US relations by Israeli statements and actions, mainly regarding Iran; and whether there is an Iranian parallel to Yaalon's challenge to the current international effort to reach a nuclear agreement with the Rowhani government.

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News Nosh 03.23.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 23, 2014

Quote of the day:
"But it isn’t about us. It is about creating an honest conversation regarding some of the most contentious issues facing both Israelis and Palestinians today."
--Zaki Djemal and Yoav Schaefer and four other Israel undergraduates at Harvard write about why they took participants of a tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories to visit Yasser Arafat's grave.**

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Press Release: APN Lambasts New Planned Settlement Construction

As the Obama administration prepares to kick its efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations into higher gear, the government of Israel is advancing plans to build 2,372 new housing units in West Bank settlements.

News of this new round of settlement construction plans was publicized yesterday by Americans for Peace Now's Israeli sister-organization, Shalom Achshav (Peace Now).

Americans for Peace Now joins Shalom Achshav in condemning the new plans for construction in settlements, many of which are east of the "Separation Barrier," in areas that are almost certain to come under Palestinian sovereignty when a two-state peace agreement is achieved.

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