Legislative Round-Up - September 11, 2020

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

Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now, where the Legislative Round-Up was conceived. 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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APN's Yitzhak Rabin 25-Year Memorial Event - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Americans for Peace Now will hold a live streamed memorial event on Tuesday October 20, 2020, marking the 25-year anniversary of the assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

We will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin with those who knew him, worked with him for peace, and were and remain inspired by him.

The event will be hosted by actor, social activist, and APN Board Member Mandy Patinkin. He will be joined by special guest speakers and musical performers from the US and Israel (already confirmed are Israeli musicians David Broza and Achinoam Nini (“Noa”), videos, and an interactive memorial candle-lighting for those in (virtual) attendance to participate in.

Yitzhak Rabin was a pioneer and fighter in forging the nation-state of Israel. His public life was in service to his country - as a soldier, a diplomat, and a politician – including as Israel’s Prime Minister, first from 1973 to 1977, and again from 1992 until his assassination in 1995. His lasting legacy is of a courageous champion of peace. Rabin led Israel in the historic signing of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinian Liberation Organization - securing mutual recognition and a diplomatic path towards a two-state solution, and in achieving an important peace agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Tragically, at a Shalom Achshav (Peace Now) organized rally in Tel Aviv, Yitzhak Rabin’s life was violently taken by an Israeli zealot, who intended to kill Rabin’s vision of peace by murdering the Prime Minister.

Americans for Peace Now and our Israeli partners Shalom Achshav are proud to have worked with Yitzhak Rabin in life, and to continue advancing his quest for a secure, democratic, Jewish state of Israel through a negotiated two-state resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians, and peace agreements with Israel’s neighboring states.


Go HERE to see an invitation video from event host Mandy Patinkin, and to register to attend!


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News Nosh 9.10.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Thursday September 10, 2020

Quote of the day:
"We were trying to save the two-state solution..If we kept going with the status quo… ultimately, Israel would have eaten up all the land in the West Bank."
--In a phone call with the press, senior advisor and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, admits that the Trump Administration recognizes Israel's wrongdoing in creating settlements and declares that it accepts that and so must the Palestinians.*

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News Nosh 9.9.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Wednesday September 9, 2020
 
Quote of the day:

“In a country that claims to be one of the glorious democracies, in a country that prides itself on its freedom of speech, how can people be afraid to speak as if the thought police are following them, or the KGB was ambushing them?”
—Miki Levine, Maariv's celebrity gossip columnist, writes about the surprise at the courage of two popular Mizrachi singers to release a protest song.*

You Must Be Kidding: 
Some 70 evangelical Americans received Israeli government permission to visit Israel to volunteer harvesting grapes at settlements, despite ban on entry of foreigners, even Jewish ones.*

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News Nosh 9.8.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday September 7, 2020

Quote of the day:

"When the borders in the north and around Gaza are burning, when corona is raging and the epidemic is taking off, when our money is wildly distributed to bribe sectors of society close to those in rule [the ultra-Orthodox], when [anti-Netanyahu] demonstrations are gaining momentum, when [Netanyahu's] bribery trial is imminent and prison is a reasonable option, when the number of unemployed is close to a million - what do you do? That’s right. You flee. The country of escape this week is Abu Dhabi."
--Maariv commentator Ran Edelist on why Israel and the UAE normalized relations now.*

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News Nosh 9.7.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Monday September 7, 2020

Quote of the day:

"When the borders in the north and around Gaza are burning, when corona is raging and the epidemic is taking off, when our money is wildly distributed to bribe sectors of society close to those in rule [the ultra-Orthodox], when [anti-Netanyahu] demonstrations are gaining momentum, when [Netanyahu's] bribery trial is imminent and prison is a reasonable option, when the number of unemployed is close to a million - what do you do? That’s right. You flee. The country of escape this week is Abu Dhabi."
--Maariv commentator Ran Edelist on why Israel and the UAE normalized relations now.*

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APN High Holiday Letter from President & CEO Hadar Susskind

September 2020

Dear Friend,


Twenty-five years ago this November 4th, thousands of Israelis gathered at a Peace Now rally in what was then known as Kings of Israel Square. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had the courage to shake his enemy’s hand on the White House lawn just two months earlier, stood in front of the audience of hopeful faces and announced “the path of peace is preferable to the path of war.” Sadly, we all know what happened next. Minutes later, he was gunned down by a radical national-religious Israeli, assassinated for his willingness to embrace change, to grow beyond a military commander and become a champion for peace and a better future for Israel and its Palestinian neighbors.

Perhaps you were there, holding a candle and singing with thousands of Israelis and Aviv Geffen as he almost predicted the outcome of the evening with his somber lyrics, “to cry for you.” Yitzhak Rabin risked and lost his life for a chance to make peace. He did not succeed. But we shall continue until his dream is realized. Yitzhak Rabin is my hero. And I hope you will join me this fall as we commemorate his life and his legacy.

There will be more information coming soon regarding APN’s October 20th celebration of Yitzhak Rabin, which will be hosted by actor, social activist, and APN board member Mandy Patinkin. But in the meantime, I hope you will consider making a gift to APN as we gather for the High Holidays and continue to work towards the peace that Rabin championed—and all of us—believe in so passionately.

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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 9.6.20

APN's daily news review from Israel - Sunday September 6, 2020

Quote of the day:

"A young officer in the Israeli army, the age of my daughter, threw 60-year-old (Khairi) Hanoun to the ground. His kaffiyeh fell off from the force of the fall. The officer sat on Hanoun. He held him down on the ground, pushing Hanoun’s face in the sand. And he put his knee on his head. That’s how a soldier doing 'meaningful service' in the Israel Defense Forces looks today. And this is exactly how George Floyd was killed by a policeman in Minneapolis, in an incident that led to a worldwide protest against police brutality in the United States against Black people...It never occurred to him that his knee was crushing the neck of the Palestinian George Floyd."
--Haaretz+ commentator Rogel Alpher writes about the meaning of the soldier filmed attacking an unarmed Palestinian man who protested the confiscation of his village lands.*

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Legislative Round-Up - September 3, 2020

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

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