PeaceCast: Reading the Cards from Europe (with John Lyndon of ALLMEP)

John Lyndon is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), an umbrella that brings together over 100 organizations in Israel and the West Bank to assist them with funding, capacity building, visibility, and impact.

John talked about issues directly related to ALLMEP and its activity, and explored the ways in which the Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays out in Europe, particularly in the wake of President Trump's vision for Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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News Nosh 2.13.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday February 13, 2020

 
Quote of the day:
“When Hamas, or any other organization, harms the military, soldiers, commanders, it's not terror, it's war. Painful, dirty, disgusting, but legitimate.”
TV host Dan Shilon differentiated between civilian and military targets on Twitter - upsetting many Israelis.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Hebrew University will give two academic credits to students who volunteer for the right-wing political group Im Tirtzu, which targets left-leaning politicians, public figures and academics as subversives.**


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NEW ENTRY - The Friedman File: APN Watch on US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

President Trump's controversial US Ambassador to Israel has demonstrated that APN was right to oppose his confirmation and subsequently call for his firing.

Based on his actions, statements, and our off-the-record conversations with informed insiders, it is clear that David Friedman is the chief architect behind the Trump administration's thinly concealed push to kill the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Friedman File is APN's comprehensive record documenting the deeds of the settlements enthusiast-cum-ambassador since he assumed his post.

Friedman File [last updated February 9, 2020]

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PeaceCast: Is Trump's Plan Reversible?

During his term as US ambassador to Israel between 2001 and 2005, Daniel (Dan) Kurtzer spent time trying (and failing) to devise ground rules for limiting West Bank settlement construction. His efforts, at the time, were to minimize Israeli facts on the ground of the West Bank in order to maximize prospects for a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Donald Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in contrast, will represent the United States on a joint US-Israeli committee that will  help the Israeli government create the most consequential facts on the ground of the West Bank since Israel captured it in 1967: defining the areas in the West Bank that will be annexed by Israel.

Ambassador Kurtzer, who today is a professor at Princeton University is the guest of this episode.

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News Nosh 2.12.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday February 12, 2020
 
Quote of the day:
"It is easiest to set dialogue on fire. It is very difficult to cool it. For months, there has been a racist discourse held against Israeli Arabs. The prime minister and right-wing politicians did not shy away from calling them "Arab parties" in a negative and bitter context. And what are the Arab parties if not hundreds of thousands of Arab citizens voting for them?
Yedioth political reporter, Yuval Karni, wrote in an Op-Ed following the latest statements against Israeli Arabs and the ‘Joint List.’*


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Trump's "Peace" Plan Resource Page - APN Items, Recommended Reading, and More

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News Nosh 2.11.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday February 11, 2020

 
Quote of the day:
“This is a conflict zone under military rule which doesn’t permit and won’t permit residents from the area to attend. This isn’t an event organized from the outset with the cooperation of the Palestinians and I think that there's something really insensitive here.”
--Korhaa Yuval Itah, 39, a Midburn community member from Jaffa, explains why she opposes holding a 'Burning Man-style' festival in Area C of the Palestinian Territories.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
“In my worldview, I don't see a world with borders, with lines between people...(and all the discussion about territories) from my standpoint are political issues that I don’t want to deal with.”
--Yaron Ben-Shoshan, one of the organizers of the Israeli 'Burning Man-style' festival in Area C of the Palestinian Territories, justified his plan.*


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On Tu B'Shavat (New Year of the Trees) - from APN Activist Barbara Green

Last year I wrote a Peace Parsha for Tu B'Shevat in which I asked: When did we go from being a people who plant trees to a people who cut them down?

I didn't mean ordinary every-day Jews who go about their business without thinking much about trees. Or ordinary Jewish Israelis who have a long tradition of planting and caring for trees. The Torah commands us to refrain from picking fruit from trees until they are three years old. When we go to war against another people, we are commanded to leave fruit-bearing trees intact to ensure a source of food.

No, I'm talking about Israeli Jewish settlers in the West Bank -- the occupied territories -- who have weaponized Palestinian trees. Ironically, the trees they burn and cut down are olive trees -- the very symbol of peace. But these Jews aren't making peace. They're waging an undeclared war against the Palestinians by destroying their livelihood, their labor, their identity, and their humanity. It's the purposeful destruction of their hopes, and the message is clear: "Palestinians not wanted here."

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Peace Now Settlement and Interactive Maps

Go HERE to view and download Peace Now's map of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Go HERE for an interactive map of the settlements

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News Nosh 2.10.20

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday February 10, 2020
 

 You Must Be Kidding: 

66.
--Percentage of land that Israel Lands Authority auctioned off in January was actually over the Green Line. ILA owns 90% of the land inside Israel.*

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