News Nosh 02.20.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 20, 2014

Quote of the day:
“I told them that I have small children and that I wanted to dress them first, but they said no, dress them outside."
--Israeli Jewish woman tells Israeli policemen who came to her door and told her to leave her house, which she shares with her Arab husband and five children, because they intended to demolish it.**

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Event 2/19 with APN's Lara Friedman: Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Prospects and Obstacles

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News Nosh 02.19.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
"If the state violated the law knowingly, what position does the government then have to come to a law-breaking citizen and punish him? I hope very much that this was a mistake that will be stopped immediately."
--Labor MK Merav Michaeli calls on the government to stop funding a military prep progam located in an settler outpost for 16 years.**

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News Nosh 02.18.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"This is not a marriage that we seek with the Palestinians. This is a divorce."
--Finance Minister and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid in a passionate plea at the opening of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: February 7 - February 14, 2014

Saudi Gazette - February 7, 2014
Editorial cites Peace Now data
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140208195034

Arutz 7 - February 12, 2014
Peace Now opposes plan to build large Yeshiva in Sheikh Jarrah
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177406#.UvwhHDZdWN0

Boston.com (AP story) - February 12, 2014
Peace Now data cited in story on boycotting settlement products
http://www.boston.com/news/world/middle-east/2014/02/12/israeli-settlements-also-face-pressure-from-within/LUN3fSo0PA2jlXkXydSdIM/story.html

San Diego Jewish World - February 12, 2014
APN press release reprinted in its entirety
http://www.sdjewishworld.com/2014/02/12/apn-lauds-104-house-letter-signers-iran-sanctions/

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: February 17, 2014

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This week, Alpher discusses the Obama administration examining alternative options to the failed Geneva talks on the Syria conflict and whether there are any military or non-military US options; what are Israel's priorities regarding its approach to the fighting, even though they're not involved in efforts to end the conflict in Syria; if the Syria conflict ended tomorrow, how soon would the region revert to something approaching normalcy.

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News Nosh 02.17.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
"Freedom of expression is the most precious thing in a democracy; but in Israel, it is not absolute."
--Knesset legal advisor Gur Bligh fights in High Court to punish any Israeli who calls for a boycott of Israel or settler products.**

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News Nosh 02.16.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday February 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
"...instead of calling a spade a spade and declaring ‘price tags’ as a terror organization, allows the thugs from the hilltop youth to evade criminal prosecution through the use of administrative orders." 
--Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On blasts Attorney General for copping out.** 

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For Trustees, Advisors, and Attorneys

If you are a trustee, financial advisor or attorney preparing a will or helping an individual prepare a will and need legal information about Americans for Peace Now, please refer to the following.

  • Americans for Peace Now Tax ID Number: 13-3509867

If you are administering an estate that names Americans for Peace Now as a beneficiary, please provide your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email). We will be in touch with you to express our appreciation for the gift and inquire how and to whom we might acknowledge it.

Please direct all estate gift correspondence to the national office of Americans for Peace Now at this address:

Americans for Peace Now
1320 19th ST NWSTE 400
Washington, DC 20036-1635

If you have any questions about any part of the process of making a gift please feel free to contact Rob McCulloch at (617) 686-2265.

Planning Checklist

1. Last will and testament

A will includes your instructions for how your property is distributed after your death. If you die without a valid will, your property will be divided based on the laws of the state in which you live. If you have been saving a precious heirloom to pass on to a favorite relative, that won’t happen unless your will specifies it. If a legacy gift to Americans for Peace Now is in your plans, that won’t happen either unless it is designated in your will.

But a will can do so much more than provide directions for the distribution of your assets. With a valid will, you can decide:

  • Who should serve as your executor, trustee, or personal representative, as well as an alternate, should the person you name be unable to serve in this capacity
  • If there are specific pieces of property you would like to give to certain people, such as your car, antique furniture, or jewelry
  • What arrangements to make for and who will be guardians of minor children or family members with special needs
  • Whether to divide your assets equally among loved ones or give according to circumstances
  • Whether those you are considering leaving assets to can handle an inheritance in a lump sum or whether they should receive the gift over a period of years

A will is a living document. Be sure to review it periodically when life events such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child or grandchild may affect your giving wishes.

2. A living will

Also called an advanced directive for health care, it instructs your physician on what types of life-sustaining treatment or procedures you do or do not want if you cannot articulate your wishes at the time.

3. A health care power of attorney

Appoints someone to make medical decisions for you that may not be included in your living will. Name a trusted family member or friend who lives in your area and who understands your opinions and values about medical decisions.

4. A durable power of attorney for property,

Also known as your agent or attorney-in-fact who has the legal authority to coordinate your affairs and manage your assets if you can no longer do so.

5. A letter of instruction

Communicates your wishes to your family about matters such as funeral plans and obituary information that are not usually included in other documents. Keep your letter of instruction at home where it can be easily found. If the only copy of your letter of instruction is in a safe-deposit box or at your attorney’s office, your wishes may not be known or followed.

6. A list of important documents

To help your loved ones find and access your assets, list all of your financial accounts. Also provide names and contact information for important individuals such as lawyers, accountants, and others with whom you conduct financial business. Other useful documents to keep in a safe place along with estate planning documents include

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Adoption papers
  • Divorce agreements
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Insurance policies
  • Loan documents
  • Real estate titles
  • Deeds
  • Powers of attorney
  • Social Security records
  • Partnership agreements

Once you’ve completed the various components of your estate plan, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you have a valid plan that addresses your needs and wishes and those of the family members and charities that are important to you.

Exceptions: What Can Override a Will

While a will is a critical legal document, other estate planning tools may supercede what’s written in a will. These include trusts, beneficiary forms, and will substitutes.

Trusts. Property held in a trust is distributed according to the terms of the trust—regardless of what the will says.

Beneficiary designations. Beneficiaries you designate for retirement accounts or insurance contracts can supersede the terms of a will. Beneficiaries are commonly named on IRAs and other retirement plans, insurance and annuity contracts, and individual investment accounts.

Will substitutes. A partnership or shareholders’ agreement may dictate how property is distributed. It’s also possible that state law can order how some property is distributed to make sure that a spouse and minor children receive part of the estate.

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