Peace Now's 'Price Tag' Tour

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Israel’s Peace Now movement took more than 150 Israelis to the West Bank Friday on a first-of-its-kind tour to learn about the extremist settlers’ violent campaign known as “Price Tag.”

Participants viewed Israeli military installations and Palestinian villages that are routinely vandalized by extremist settlers. Tour participants paid a solidarity visit to one of the Palestinian villages that has been a target of choice for the violent settlers, the village of Kusra near Nablus, where residents received them with flowers.

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Peace Now has been taking Israelis to the West Bank for years to show them up close what the occupation is doing to Palestinians and to their own society. Recently, because of the uptick in settler violence and because of the re-energized peace talks, Peace Now decided to boost this program by adding topical tours. Last week it was a tour to explore the “Price Tag” phenomenon. In the coming weeks Peace Now is planning tours to other trouble spots, featuring other maladies of the occupation.

These tours are expensive, but critically important.

Please support this program. You can help Peace Now expose the occupation to Israelis.

A contribution of $50 will sponsor two seats on the bus. For $100 you can send four Israelis for a day in the West Bank, and open their eyes to what their government does there in their name, and to what the settlers are doing to the Palestinians and to the future of the state of Israel. Join us now.

B'Shalom,

Debra DeLee
President and CEO, Americans for Peace Now

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News Nosh 02.05.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 05, 2014

Number of the day:
49.
--Number of times Israeli forces shut down Muslim call to prayer in Hebron because it 'annoyed' Jewish settlers when they prayed nearby.**

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News Nosh 02.04.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 04, 2014

Quote of the day:
"When he warns Israel against a South African-style international boycott, he knows what he's talking about it."
--Senior Yedioth political commentator Nahum Barnea tells Israelis to listen to US Secretary of State John Kerry.**

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News Nosh 02.03.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 03, 2014

Quote of the day:
"They make it so that I need to be hassled, pay for representation, find proof and declarations, and then, even when I win, they don’t lose."
--Peace Now Secretary General Yariv Oppenheimer on West Bank settlers who filed libel lawsuits against him and lost.**

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This week, Alpher discusses the flood of policy statements from the most senior spokespersons on every side; whether Abbas is making concessions; Kerry's remarks about the consequences for Israel of not reaching an agreement; Indyk's statement in a phone briefing to American Jewish leaders that the upcoming framework agreement would address the right of Jews who fled Arab countries; and the issue of public attitudes toward the peace process in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority and whether they are changing.

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News Nosh 02.03.14

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

Quote of the day:
"You could say that the sovereignty belongs to God, for example."
--Former US envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross suggests a solution for joint Israeli and Palestinian control of Jerusalem.**

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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.
http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/191768/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
http://m.clevelandjewishnews.com/mobile/opinion/op-eds/article_ffa5f870-82c0-11e3-83fe-0019bb2963f4.html

Haaretz - January 23, 2014
US Students on Project Extend meet with Peace Now in Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/twilight-zone/.premium-1.570193#.UuPcNFGbFRw.facebook

Arutz 7 - January 28, 2014
Peace Now organizes "Price Tag" tours
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/176810#.UughPbso5Mw

JTA - January 28, 2014
APN part of a loose coalition supporting the Obama administration on Iran
http://www.stljewishlight.com/news/world/article_53961a8f-d185-565e-a636-957989e830eb.html

LA Jewish Journal (JTA story) - January 29, 2014
APN among loose coalition working to support Obama administration on Iran
http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/groups_join_to_oppose_sanctions

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:
"Inconvenience."
--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

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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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