News Nosh: 8.3.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday, August 3, 2018

Quotes of the day:
Haaretz journalist Nir Gontarz (Jewish-Israeli) does a phone call interview with MK Ahmed Tibi (Arab-Israeli). Excerpts:
...Gontarz: Sir, allow me to keep bragging, please. You were born in this country, right?
Tibi: 
Absolutely, in Taibeh.
Gontarz: Fine, great. But the law states that the Land of Israel is my homeland, and mine alone. I am the master of the land now, Ahmad.
Tibi: And what about me?
Gontarz: Honorable Member of Knesset, get used to it. This is my homeland only, that’s the law and that’s it.
Tibi: The truth is that no law in the world, Nir, changes historical facts or can shatter beliefs. I believe in equality. I believe that Nir and Ahmad, who are both citizens of the same country, are meant to be equal. But we are not equal. The [nation-state] law comes to enshrine in a Basic Law the fact that you have priority over me. The truth is that since 1985 there’s been a Basic Law on a Jewish and Democratic State, which I take issue with because of the conflict between “Jewish” and “democratic.” When the state defines itself as Jewish, it says that Nir has priority over Ahmad.
Gontarz: I tried to make a bit of fun of the law here, but the truth is that it’s very sad. According to this law, not only do I have privileges that you don’t have, but even a newborn Jewish infant has more rights than you have.
Tibi: It’s truly a twisted situation, and I don’t want to remind the Jews of their history and where laws were promulgated democratically and gave rise to an inferno and hatred. But you should know that the most moving phone calls I’ve had lately are from Jews like you who are angry and hurt, and feel that they have lost something in the face of a wave of racism that denies my existence. A Holocaust survivor told me that she is ashamed and that she feels closer to me than to the sponsors of the law, and she reminded me of my Holocaust speech in the Knesset. No law in the world, even if they demolish my home and even if people are killed, will change the fact that I was born here and my ancestors were born here.
Gontarz: Thank you, Ahmad, and sorry.
Tibi: Thanks, Nir.
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News Nosh: 8.2.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Just as France belongs to the French and Germany to the Germans, Israel belongs to all Israelis, and only to them. It does not belong to the Jewish people. There is no regime, government or state that belongs to distant interested parties who are not citizens. Judaism, on the other hand — however one defines it — does belong solely to the Jews. One can be Israeli without being Jewish, and one can be Jewish without being Israeli, but one cannot be Israeli without being a citizen of the state. The state’s pretension to represent the entire Jewish people is problematic. If Israel is the state of the Jewish people, then all its conflicts, domestic and foreign, automatically apply to all of the world’s Jews."
--Former member of Knesset and head of the Jewish Agency, Avraham Burg, writestoday in Haaretz.

You Must Be Kidding: 
Israel has refused to allow passage to seven seriously ill Gazan women to travel to a hospital in the West Bank for life-saving treatment - because they are related to people in Hamas.**


Breaking News:
Israel killed seven armed ISIS militants approaching Israel-Syria border.
(Haaretz, Ynet and Israel Hayom)

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APN's Debra Shushan on Israel's i24 News "The Spin Room" (8/1/18)

Topics for debate: Amb. David Friedman's settlement condolence call, continued uproar over Israel's Nation-State Law particularly from the Druze community, poet Dareen Tartour and (in)equality of Israel's treatment of incitement, and President Trump's offer to meet Iranian leaders without preconditions.

Guests appearing with Debra Shushan (APN Director of Policy and Government Relations): Vivian Bercovici (former Canadian ambassador to Israel) and Aaron Klein (Breitbart).

Peace Now: "I'm ashamed of Israel's Nation-State law" video

"I'm ashamed of Israel's Nation-State law" video from Peace Now going viral

In response to Israel's new anti-democratic, anti-peace Nation-State law, which includes downgrading the Arabic language from "official" to "special status", Peace Now has started a campaign encouraging Israelis to make a video saying in Arabic "I am ashamed of the Nation-State law."

News Nosh: 8.1.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Quote of the day:
“After the passage of the nation-state law I couldn’t restrain myself and keep quiet any longer. There isn’t a single word about equality in the law. The right to equality is one of the most important basic rights in every country in the democratic world, and that should have been the case in our country too – but to my regret that didn’t happen.” 
--Former deputy president of Israel's High Court, Salim Joubran, himself an Arab citizen, called the new nation-state law racist and warned it will strengthen existing discrimination against Arab society.*
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APN's Debra Shushan on i24 The Spin Room

The Spin Room, a news debate program on Israel's i24 News, is a smart, fast-paced current events show hosted by veteran journalist Ami Kaufman. Debra Shushan, APN's Director of Policy and Government Relations is a frequent guest on the show. View her appearances (often including Dr. Shushan's legendary facial expressions) here.

News Nosh: 7.31.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Quote of the day:
“This morning when I awoke to drive to the base I asked myself why. Why should I serve the State of Israel, the state that I and my two brothers and my father served with devotion, a sense of mission and with love of our homeland when in the end, what do we get? To be class B citizens?"
--Capt. Amir Jmall, a member of Israel's Druze community, posted an open letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on his Facebook page Sunday, stating that he will stop serving in the military in protest of the controversial Jewish Nation-State law.*
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Legislative Round-up: July 27, 2018

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

1. Bills, Resolution, & Letters
2. FY19 NDAA - FINAL
3. Hearings & Markups
4. On the Hill this Week
5. On the Record

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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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News Nosh: 7.30.18

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday, July 30, 2018

Quote of the day:
"Although Professor Harari is proud of his Israeliness, he is not interested in cooperating with the (Israeli) Consulate...We prefer not to represent the government as long as it persists with this policy."
-- Karin Eliahu-Perry, the personal manager of Professor Yuval Noah Harari, explained to the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles that Israel's passing of the Nation-State Law and the Surrogacy Law were the reasons Harari refused to attend a Consulate reception in his honor. (Haaretz and Yedioth, p. 20)*
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