News Nosh 1.10.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday January 10, 2019

You Must Be Kidding: 
“(The highway) is an example of the ability to create a shared life between Israelis and Palestinians while addressing security concerns.”
—Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ‘apartheid road,’ a new West Bank road that separates between Palestinians and Israelis, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan forgets what the word ‘shared’ means.**
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i24 Spin Room (01/09/19): Shushan on Senate's "Combating BDS Act"

Debra Shushan, APN's Director of Policy and Government Relations, appears twice in the following Israel i24 News report from Dan Raviv about U.S. Senate Bill 1, which includes the so-called "Combating BDS Act" that APN opposes.

(UPDATE since the report below: Due to Democrat opposition, the Senate Bill 1 package that includes this act has been stalled both on Tuesday, January 8 by a vote of 56-44, and Thursday, January 10, by a vote of 53-43, neither enough to clear the 60-vote hurdle needed to advance.)

News Nosh 1.9.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday January 9, 2019
Quote of the day:
"Why is the alarm sounded when Jews are interrogated by dark police methods, but no one says a word when Arabs are interrogated with the same methods? Is a stone thrown by a Jewish murderer more sacred than one thrown by an Arab murderer?"
--Haaretz+ journalist Zvi Bar'el slams the criticism of the Shin Bet interrogations of the five Jewish terror suspects, saying a moral country cannot abide a double standard.*
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News Nosh 1.8.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday January 8, 2019
Quote of the day:
“The Netanyahu government is carrying out a dangerous and underhanded step in order to avoid public criticism in Israel and worldwide – it is no coincidence that this was done immediately after the announcement of the election, when public attention in Israel is directed at political developments and during the Christmas holiday, when the entire Christian world is on vacation."
--Peace Now's Settlement Watch team leader, Shabtay Bendet, said in reaction to the Israeli government's allocation of 300 acres of West Bank land for a new neighborhood that would expand Efrat settlement toward Bethlehem and surround the Palestinian city with settlements.*
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Americans for Peace Now Urges Senate to Reject the Combating BDS Act of 2019

(UPDATE: As of January 15, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has tried to advance S.1, the bill that includes the so-called "Combating BDS Act," three times. Each time, McConnell's motions have failed to clear the 60-vote hurdle to advance, thanks to the vast majority of the Democratic caucus voting against cloture. And each time, immediately after his cloture motions have failed, McConnell has filed for a subsequent vote, in the apparent belief that putting Democratic senators on record voting against advancing S.1 will enable Republicans to paint the Democratic party as insufficiently "pro-Israel."

The vote tallies are as follows. On January 8, S.1 failed to advance by a vote of 56-44. On January 10, the tally was 53-43. And on January 14, the vote was 50-43. During the first two votes, four Democrats joined with Republicans in voting to advance S.1: Senators Manchin, Menendez, Sinema, and Jones. In the third vote, Senator Menendez, dropped his support because “I don’t like the Majority Leader using the US-Israel relationship as a political pawn.” McConnell has entered a motion for a fourth vote to advance S.1, but as of this writing that vote has not yet been scheduled.)

Americans for Peace Now (APN) opposes any bill that encourages state and local governments to adopt legislation which penalizes citizens who boycott Israel and/or Israeli settlements.

The Senate’s first piece of legislation in the 116th session, dubbed S.1, does just that. Referred to as the “Middle East Security Bill” by its sponsor, Senator Marco Rubio, S.1 incorporates the Combating BDS Act of 2019 into a larger bill that would appropriate security funds for Israel and reauthorize defense cooperation between the US and Jordan.

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PeaceCast: Rashida Tlaib and Palestinian-Americans

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress.

Public attention focused on a profanity that Tlaib used in reference to President Trump shortly after being sworn in to the 116th Congress. This episode, instead, focuses on the significance of Tlaib’s coming to Washington for the Palestinian-American community, a community that has never enjoyed much political clout in the U.S.

Hanna Hanania, a prominent leader of the community, talks about what it means for Palestinian-American to have a progressive young woman in Congress who proudly asserts her Palestinian identity.

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News Nosh 1.7.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday January 7, 2019

Quote of the day:
"I cannot recall any time in my entire career that such statements against law enforcement authorities [were made] by anyone other than heads of crime organizations."
Retired High Court justice, Eliyahu Matza, told Israel Radio after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu posted a video clip in which he compared the Attorney General’s plan to announce before elections whether to indict him to the hand amputation of a man who was wrongly convicted.*
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The state announced this week to court that the Lahav 433 police anti-fraud organization, as well as the State Prosecutor's Office, will be “examining” Peace Now’s complaints of two cases of illegal construction in the Binyamin Region Council area of the West Bank. The announcement came following two petitions that Peace Now filed to the High Court demanding that the Police and the State Prosecutor open investigations against the heads of the Binyamin Regional Council, the Amana settlement movement and other bodies that were involved in big projects of illegal construction in settlement outposts. One petition was about the establishment of the illegal outpost of Kerem Reim (west of Ramallah), and the other petition was against the construction of 21 housing units in the illegal outpost of Hayovel (south of Nablus).
The hearing of the petition concerning Hayovel will take place this Monday (7/1/19).
Peace Now: For 50 years now, a handful of settlers have been using public funds through the settlement councils and Amana to put facts on the ground that affect the future of all of us in violation of the law and of the government's decisions. The hesitation of the State Prosecutor's Office and the police to investigate the organized crime of illegal construction in the settlements is tantamount to granting immunity to the offenders and shows a lack of respect for the rule of law. The message the government is sending to the settlers is that they are above the law.

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (January 9, 2018) - Israeli Elections on April 9th


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 1.6.19

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday January 6, 2019

Number of the day:
--The number of Jewish terror attacks - nationalistically motivated crimes - against Palestinians in 2018 - triple of what it was the year before.*

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