I KNOW where you live: A Purim message from Sara Ehrman, APN Board member

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I know where you live: A Purim message from Sara Ehrman, APN Board member

 

Our Jewish tradition assigns meaning to many milestones in life. At 12 or 13 we have a bat/bar mitzvah. At 15, it’s time to start studying Talmud. Forty is when you can study kabbalah.

But when you turn 95? Bupkas. Judaism has nothing to say.

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March 12, 2014: Ori Nir and Ghaith al-Omari at Brown University - Hosted by J Street U

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APN Condemns Rocket Barrage on Israel

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In response to today's rocket barrage into Israel from Gaza, APN President and CEO Debra DeLee stated:

"We unequivocally condemn the heinous attacks carried out today against Israel, apparently by Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. This firing of rockets into Israel, threatening Israeli civilians, is terrorism, pure and simple. We support Israel's right to defend itself and its duty to defend its citizens in the face of such attacks. In exercising this sovereign right of self defense, we urge Israel to pay attention to past experience, seeking both to avoid harming Palestinian civilians and to avert a potentially disastrous cycle of escalation. Our thoughts are with Israel's citizens living in the shadow of these rockets, as well as with Gaza's civilians, whose welfare, too, is being treated with callous disregard by violent Palestinian extremists."

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News Nosh 03.12.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday March 12, 2014

Quote of the day:
"All Arabs are criminal"
--Graffiti spray-painted on a wall in the Arab-Israeli town of Jaljulya.**

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News Nosh 03.11.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday March 11, 2014

Quote of the day:
"How fortunate we are, because we have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose exciting tango on the AIPAC dance floor has no need for two. It’s enough to have one dancer, who is also an actor and a liar, who was never really serious about “two states.”
--Former minister and Meretz MK Yossi Sarid writes that Israel has become a country of interests and not principles.**

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Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher: March 10, 2014

This week, Alpher discusses how serious Netanyahu's reported sponsoring of a study of the existence of Belgian and Dutch sovereign enclaves in each other's territory with a view to proposing a similar model for Israeli settlements that remain inside Palestinian territory under a two-state solution; the similarities and differences of Israeli operations: the Israel Air Force reportedly destroying Syrian-supplied strategic weaponry at a Hezbollah base and the Israel Navy captured a ship in the Red Sea carrying Syrian rockets sent by Iran to Islamists in Sinai or Gaza; was there anything unique about the circumstances of the alleged IAF attack against a Hezbollah base; why all the publicity on the Red Sea operation.

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News Nosh 03.10.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Monday March 10, 2014

Note: Maariv's publisher is trying to sell the paper and as a result it did not go to print Sunday. Today, I saw that the print version of Sunday's paper went online at NRG Hebrew and I have posted yesterday's headlines and the key articles below. Today, no print version was posted online, however the reporters continue to post articles to the NRG website and News Nosh will continue to include the relevant ones. 

Quote of the day:
“It happened with no warning. And it is not as if we were hiding that we were Israelis until that point. We are proud Israelis, we never hid it from anyone.”
--Yaacov Zacharia of Tel Aviv, on being barred from disembarking from a Norwegian cruise ship in Tunis, because he was Israeli.**

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News Nosh 03.09.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday March 09, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The Palestinians in the occupied territories live under the Israeli government's rule, even though they did not choose this government and they cannot influence its decision-making in any legal way. This situation is unequal and unjust."
--From a letter written by Israeli Jewish teenagers to the Israeli Prime Minister declaring they refuse to be drafted into the Israeli army.**

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APN/Peace Now in the News: February 28 - March 7, 2014

New York Times - March 2, 2014
APN's Lara Friedman debates Daniel Gordis on settlements boycott (Room for Debate)
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/02/is-a-settlement-boycott-best-for-israel

Haaretz - March 7, 2014
APN's Ori Nir op-ed: Time for US Jewish establishment to open the conversation on peace for Israel
http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.578456

Business Insider (Global Post item) - March 4, 2014
Yossi Alpher's Q&A liberally quoted on impact of Ukraine crisis on the Middle East
http://www.businessinsider.com/noga-tarnopolsky-ukraine-complicating-middle-east-issues-2014-3

Arutz 7 - March 3, 2014
Peace Now dismayed at 2013 settlement construction surge
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178067#.UxVLKhRdWN0

Salem News.com - March 3, 2014
APN press release on 2013 settlement construction data reprinted
http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march032014/apn-neti.php

 

The New York Times: Israel’s Choice

In Washington this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel sounded two different notes about peace negotiations with the Palestinians, which are nearing a critical juncture. In a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby, he enthusiastically advocated a peace agreement as a means to improve Israel’s ties with its Arab neighbors and “catapult the region forward” on issues like health, energy and education.

But at other moments, a more familiar skepticism was apparent. He demanded that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state with “no excuses, no delays.” In response, a senior Palestinian official, Nabil Shaath, accused Mr. Netanyahu of putting an end to peace talks because Palestinians have already rejected that designation. (Palestinians recognize Israel as a state, but not as a Jewish state because they believe that that would undercut the rights of Palestinian refugees.) And, on Monday, at the White House, Mr. Netanyahu asserted that while Israel has worked hard to advance peace, the Palestinians have not.

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