APN's Lara Friedman at Open Zion: Two Blockbuster New Reports on Settlements

che-lara-openzion186x140.jpgLast week, my colleagues in the Israeli Peace Now movement issued two blockbuster reports. These weren't the regular "more construction was announced" fare. These reports have huge implications, both negative and positive, for peace and the two-state solution.

The Bad News: Settlement Construction Surges, Even Without Tenders

Peace Now documented a 70 percent increase in new construction starts in settlements during the first six months of 2013, as compared to the same period in 2012. That's in addition to a huge number of units completed or on which work was ongoing during this period--altogether translating to 3,070 units which are or will soon be available to house new settlers. Assuming a family of five, this translates to around 15,000 new settlers.

Continue reading

karnit-flug320x265.jpg

This week, Alpher discusses the renewed mystery regarding the cause of Yasser Arafat's death in 2004, what does Saudi Arabia's election to the UN Security Council followed by its prompt resignation tell us about Saudi-American relations and the Saudi role in the Iran and Syria issues, and why did it take so long for PM Netanyahu and Finance Minister Lapid to appoint Karnit Flug (pictured) as new governor of the Bank of Israel?

Continue reading

News Nosh 10.21.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Monday October 21, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"The Likud's hilltop youth, headed by (MK) Yariv Levin, are leading Israel into the murky waters of a totalitarian state."
--MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) reacts like others from the right and the left to the attempt to
limit Israel's High Court's authority.**


Continue reading

News Nosh 10.20.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Sunday October 20, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"Cockadoodle-doo muezzin"
--Racist campaign ad for Jerusalem municipal elections by far right-wing candidate Arieh King.**

 


Continue reading

Someone Like Me

UNRWA (2011)
Documentary providing a glimpse of life inside Burj Barajneh refugee camp, and the experience of being a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon. Watch Part 1 > (7:17) | Part 2 > (7:56) | Part 3 > (9:17)

News Nosh 10.18.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Friday, October 18, 2013

 

Number of the day:

70.
--Percentage increase in new settlement construction starts in the first half of 2013 compared with the first half of last year, Peace Now reports. **


Continue reading

News Nosh 10.17.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Thursday October 17, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"When the Latrun monastery is spray-painted with graffiti, it troubles the entire Protestant world -  and we cry about anti-Semitism? Those who seek to destroy and devastate us come from us."

--Former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gilon says the roots for the next political murder are planted among "price tag" activists.**


Continue reading

News Nosh 10.16.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Wednesday October 16, 2013

 

Word of the day:

Hosseleh.
-- "That extra bit of patience nobody has. As in, 'I so don't have the hosseleh for this silly media war between Rohani and Netanyahu. Don't they know neither the Israelis nor the Iranians have any hosseleh left for another war?'" Ilene Prusher writes a Farsi phrasebook for the Israeli Prime Minister.**


Continue reading

News Nosh 10.15.13

APN's daily news review from Israel

Tuesday October 15, 2013

 

Quote of the day:

"Some of my comrades-in-arms got combat shock, not from the battle itself, but from the burial of the (Egyptian) soldiers."
--Major (res.) Mati Chai talks about his understandings about war and the enemy after he decides to return the dog tags he took from a dead Egyptian soldier 40 years ago.**


Continue reading

Jerusalem

The city of Jerusalem lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The old city of Jerusalem, which includes the Western Wall, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the Dome of the Rock, has often been a flashpoint for violence. East Jerusalem, which is majority Palestinian, was annexed by Israel in the wake of the 1967 war and officially united with (majority Jewish) West Jerusalem.

1 2 3 ...447 448 449 450451 452 ...481 482 483