News Nosh 11.29.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday November 29, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"...Controversy is always good for PR. So far ticket sales are weak, but a protest could help."
--Cinemateque director
Alon Garbuz on the storm sparked by a Naqba Film Festival being held this weekend in Tel-Aviv.**


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Step by Step toward Shalom with Iran

Rabbi Arthur Waskow has authored a call to the Jewish community to support peace with Iran, stating in part:

"We welcome warmly the greatly increased possibility of a peaceful resolution of the conflicts among the US, Iran, Israel, and other nations.
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Why stuff yourself when you can have just a nosh?

News Nosh

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for you, our supporters. We are thankful for President Obama and Secretary Kerry in their efforts to broker peace for Israel. And we are thankful to be able to continue the critical work we do.

This Thanksgiving however, we could use a little less stuffing. Instead of being overwhelmed by the enormous amount of news that we are all bombarded with, let us send you a quick Nosh that gives you all you need to know about what is going on in the Middle East. That's right, a News Nosh.

You want to find out what is happening with the peace negotiations; you want straight talk on Iran; you want the breaking news on the unconscionable expansion of settlements. You can surf the web for Israeli news sites, struggle with Hebrew and pop-up ads, or you can let APN do the work for you. Every day. For free. Sign up here.

News Nosh arrives "on your doorstep" (in your inbox) first thing in the morning for you to nibble on with your morning coffee. If you want to keep up with what's happening in Israel, there's no better way to do it than with APN's News Nosh. APN offers you the top Israeli news aggregator, for free. All you need to do is sign up.

We wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving, and to our Jewish supporters, a happy Chanukah!


Thank you,
Debra DeLee
CEO, Americans for Peace Now

P.S. If you don't already get it, take a look at today's News Nosh and see what you're missing.

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News Nosh 11.28.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Thursday November 28, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

Sitting facing the paper, seeing you fall / Looking at the paper and cannot make a sound. / Oh my country my homeland, you're going kaput / You broke my heart into little pieces / We had a dream and now it's gone.
--Haaretz's Ari Shavit quotes from apocalyptic song by iconic musical artist Arik Einstein, who died Tuesday, and says Arik was wrong.**


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News Nosh 11.27.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday November 27, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"You and I can change the world."
--Title of iconic song of Israeli singer Arik Einstein, who passed away suddenly last night, leaving a country in sorrow. **


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Following the second Palestinian prisoner release Settlement Watch revealed the plans for and the promotion of housing units in the West Bank settlements.

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News Nosh 11.26.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Tuesday November 26, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"The government does not like Israel, but the people don't care. They just want to live well."
--S., a religious Jewish Iranian young woman who recently immigrated to Israel and joined the Israeli army.**


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This week, Alpher discusses whether the Geneva agreement between the P5 + 1 and Iran is a "bad deal" and a "historic mistake" as Netanyahu argues, what about it should realistically worry Israel, what we have learned over the weekend regarding Israel's relationship with the Obama administration, whether Netanyahu's strategy regarding Iran and the international community has failed, what all this may say about the election in recent days of Yitzhak "Boozhi" Herzog to head the Labor party, and whether Netanyahu's invitation to Palestinian President Abbas to speak to Israel's parliament his inviting himself to a reciprocal appearance in the Palestinian parliament is a serious initiative.

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On Chanukah, increase the light

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A Message from Lois and Dick Gunther

Winter approaches, and the days grow shorter. The world becomes darker and feels colder.

This year, Chanukah comes at a time when we can still see some daylight when we light the candles, underscoring the gift of light, the miracle of Chanukah.
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On Chanukah, increase the light

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A Message from Lois and Dick Gunther

Winter approaches, and the days grow shorter. The world becomes darker and feels colder.

Donate This year, Chanukah comes at a time when we can still see some daylight when we light the candles, underscoring the gift of light, the miracle of Chanukah.

The story goes that when the Temple was re-dedicated, the Maccabees discovered that most of the olive oil needed to light the Temple's Menorah had been desecrated; what remained was only enough to keep the Menorah burning for one night. However, once re-lit, the Menorah burned bright not for one day, but for eight days - giving the Jews time to find and prepare a fresh supply of oil.

In the course of debating how to commemorate this miracle, two Rabbis argued about the proper order in which to light the flames. Rabbi Shammai suggested that eight candles should be lit on the first night, with one fewer each night, while Rabbi Hillel countered with the view that one candle should be lit on the first night, and an additional candle each of the following nights, until all eight candles stand together, burning, on the final night. Why? Because Rabbi Hillel believed such an order would symbolize the importance of increasing, not decreasing, light and goodness in the world.

We love this idea. We have always applied this philosophy in working for Israeli-Palestinian peace, and in advancing other Israeli progressive causes. Earlier this month, we fulfilled a promise to ourselves to again visit Israel and participate in the Americans for Peace Now Study Tour. We witnessed up close how APN and Israel's Peace Now movement work to increase light even at times of darkness, when the hope for peace shimmers but violence and belligerent policies threaten to blow it out.

DonateHad you asked us fifty years ago if we would still need to be working for peace, well into our eighties, we would have surely said no.

But we have not given up. Nor shall we.

We are inspired by the tenacity of our fellow Peace Now and APN activists who persist in keeping hope alive and making peace happen, such as the young activists and leaders that we met in the Peace Now office in Tel Aviv.

But just like the Maccabees, who took it upon themselves to seek oil to keep the flame burning after those eight miraculous days, we, too, cannot rely on miracles to keep the hope and possibility of peace burning bright.

We can't do it alone. As the forces of darkness, the enemies of peace, redouble their efforts to deny Israelis and Palestinians the peace that they want and deserve, we too must step up our efforts and increase the light.

Please increase your giving this year. Help us support President Obama and Secretary Kerry in their effort to broker peace for Israel. Please help us enhance hope. Help us increase the light!

Thank you,

Lois and Dick Gunther

P.S. Two young American videographers, interning for APN in Israel, accompanied us on APN's Study Tour this year. They have produced this short video with highlights from the tour. Our favorite moments are the ones featuring Peace Now's young activists, conveying the vibrancy and the dedication of these wonderful people. They reassure us that our efforts of more than five decades are extended and enhanced by Israel's best.

Your tax deductible contribution to Americans for Peace Now helps support Peace Now's essential programs.

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