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Legacy Giving at Americans for Peace Now

It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. —Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Since 1981, Americans for Peace Now has been at the forefront of US organizations forging a path to peace for Israelis and Palestinians. In partnership with our sister organization in Israel, Peace Now, APN has been working with US policy and communal leaders who influence the issues affecting the region to ensure to ensure Israeli-Palestinian peace remains high on the agenda for the Jewish community and the country. 

For 40 years our supporters have been the backbone of this work. Many have chosen to name APN as a beneficiary of their estate – creating a legacy of peace that lasts long into the future. 

We hope that you will think of APN as you consider your own legacy. 

The funds allocated to APN in your will or other planned gift will help ensure that the question of peace will always be a priority for our community, and that someday, with your support, we will reach a day when Israelis and Palestinians will be living together in peaceful cooperation.

This year, APN is launching its Legacy Society – a group of dedicated supporters who believe that the future of peace lies in our ability to continue to be strong and committed advocates.

We hope you will join the APN Legacy Society by sharing your legacy-building plans with us and letting us know that you have included APN in your will or other planned estate gifts. As a way of honoring your commitment we will list you on our website and in other communications. 

To notify us of your legacy intention or existing plan, please contact us or simply complete our online Legacy Society Notification Form (LINK) and email it to kpaul@peacenow.org There is no membership fee or minimum gift. Every legacy gift is important to us and makes an impact.

If you have not yet included us in your estate or financial plans and would like to learn more, please fill out our information form (LINK).

  • In celebration of your commitment, we will recognize your gift here on our website and in other publications (unless anonymity is preferred.)
  • You will be invited to contribute a message and photo to our testimonial section — a wonderful way to share with loved ones and the next generation about the values that brought you to the APN family and your vision for a peaceful future

 

Sample Language for a Bequest to APN

I give and devise to Americans for Peace Now (Federal Tax ID# 13-3509867) located in Washington, DC the sum of $________ [or describe property] to be used for its general purposes.

 

What Can Be Donated Through Planned Giving?

Our donors’ gifts are as varied as the individuals who choose to give them. 

 

Types of gifts include:

  • Cash
  • Appreciated securities/stock
  • Life Insurance policy
  • IRA, 401K or other qualified Retirement Plan
  • Partnership Interests
  • Personal Property
  • Real Estate, including Retained Life Estate​
  • Art, Jewelry and Collectibles

 

The type of gift and whether the gift is during your lifetime or as part of your estate dictate the steps you need to take. To make the soundest decisions possible for you, your family and APN, we recommend speaking with a certified financial planner or estate planning specialist. If you or your financial advisor would like to discuss planned giving with us, please contact Karen Paul at kpaul@peacenow.org or 202-408-9898.

Legislative Round-Up: May 20, 2022

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Members Weigh in on Nakba Resolution
3. Hearings
4. On the Record

New from FMEP:

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers - Naftali Bennett: Terrorist? Traitor? (May 23, 2022)

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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Webinar: Palestinian Journalists under Occupation

Featuring Daoud Kuttab and Mohammed Daraghmeh

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Carson-Correa Letter on the killing of Shireen Abu-Akleh

Dear Mr. Secretary and Director Wray

We are writing you regarding the recent death of Shireen Abu Akleh, a 51 year-old Palestinian American. Ms. Abu Akleh, a journalist for Al Jazeera, was fatally shot in the West Bank city of Jenin on May 11, 2022. We request the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launch an investigation into the death of Ms. Abu Akleh.


AP News reported that Ms. Abu Akleh was fatally shot in the head on the outskirts of the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. Her producer, Palestinian journalist Ali Samoudi, was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the back. It was also reported that Palestinian journalists who were with Ms. Abu Akleh and Mr. Samoundi at the time said that they made their presence known to Israeli soldiers, and they did not see militants in the area. The Israeli military claimed that the victims were caught between gunfire between Palestinian militants and Israeli Defense Forces.  However, media and eyewitnesses had conflicting reports. Shaza Hanaysheh, another Palestinian journalist among the reporters, also said that there were no clashes or shooting in the immediate area. News reports from the Washington PostNew York TimesCNN, and Aljazeera also highlight these conflicting reports.

As Members of Congress, we are deeply concerned by the death of Ms. Abu Akleh. Journalists worldwide must be protected at all costs. The U.S. State Department called Ms. Abu Akleh’s death “an affront to media freedom.” We welcome the actions and statements taken so far by the U.S. Department of State supporting a thorough investigation by the Israeli government. However, given the tenuous situation in the region and the conflicting reports surrounding the death of Ms. Abu Akleh, we request the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launch an investigation into Ms. Abu Akleh’s death. We also request the U.S. Department of State determines whether any U.S. laws protecting Ms. Abu Akleh, an American citizen, were violated.

As an American, Ms. Abu Akleh was entitled to the full protections afforded to U.S. citizens living abroad. We, the undersigned Members of Congress, urge you to uphold the values that our nation was founded on, including human rights, equality for all, and freedom of speech. We have a duty to protect Americans reporting abroad.  We look forward to your timely response.

Past Action: Urge your Member of Congress to push for a US-led investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

For those of us who care about peace between Israel and Palestine, last week was incredibly hard. We are outraged – first by the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu-Akleh during an IDF incursion in the West Bank town of Jenin, then by the violent attack by Israeli police on her funeral on Friday.

Freedom of the press is of paramount importance, particularly when conflicting narratives and biases often obscure the truth, as is the case in Israel-Palestine. The State Department has called Ms. Abu Akleh’s death “an affront to media freedom.” And while the State Department has made statements supporting a thorough investigation by the Israeli government, this is not enough. Americans for Peace Now has called for a swift and independent investigation of the circumstances that caused her death and now members of Congress, led by Representatives Andre’ Carson and Lou Correa, are requesting the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) launch an investigation into Ms. Abu Akleh’s death as well.

It is important that the United States protect Americans reporting abroad and that includes conducting independent investigations when a journalist is harmed.

Read the full text of the letter here.

Legislative Round-Up: May 13, 2022

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived.

1. Bills, Resolutions, Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

New from FMEP:

  • FMEP webinar 5/12/22: The Weaponization of Israel/Palestine in US Elections Campaigns, ft. Rania Batrice (Organizer, communications and legislative strategist, mediator, and advisor to elected officials, candidates, and non-profits both domestic and around the globe) & Peter Beinart (Newmark J-School and CUNY Graduate Center; editor-at-large for Jewish Currents, MSNBC political commentator, and fellow at the FMEP) in conversation with Lara Friedman (FMEP).
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Hard Questions, Tough Answers - It's the Occupation (May 16, 2022)

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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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Israel Film Center Festival

Americans for Peace Now is proud to be a sponsor of the 2022 Israel Film Center Festival, taking place from June 1 to June 8.

The five films will be screened at the Marlene Meyerson JCC in Manhattan and will also be available for streaming online throughout the week. There will also be live Q+As with the filmmakers, taking place throughout the week over Zoom!

You can learn more and buy tickets below, and don’t forget to use the code “american22” to save 20%! 

Webinar: West Bank Settlements – Homesh as an Example and a Symbol

Featuring Dr. Dana Mills

Our partners at Shalom Achshav are leading a coalition of peace and human rights organizations on a campaign to highlight the breach of Israeli and international law, and of the violations of Palestinian human rights associated with the illegal settlement of Homesh in the northern West Bank.

On this May 19th webinar, at 12:00 PM EST, acting Executive Director of Shalom Achshav, Dr. Dana Mills, will provide background and analysis on the illegality and significance of Homesh. She will also discuss broader developments related to West Bank settlements, shortly before President Biden’s visit to Israel.
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