"...the law's purpose is to encourage popular hostility against
Israeli advocates of human and minority rights. "
Yossi Alpher, in his discussion about Israel's newly enacted "NGO
Law" in Hard Questions, Tough Answers (see below).
Yossi Alpher is an independent Israeli security analyst. Views
and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily
represent APN's views and policy positions.
July 18, 2016 - Deterring human rights advocacy in Israel; terror
in Nice; coup in Turkey
Q. On July 11, the Knesset passed a bill that stigmatizes human rights
NGOs (non-governmental organizations, or non-profits) in Israel by obliging them to
constantly and blatantly publicize funding they receive from foreign governments.
What’s wrong with this measure?
A. ...A multitude of important matters of principle and of ethics
that bear directly upon the dangerous course the mainstream right has set for the
state of Israel...
Q. The truck attack in Nice on Bastille Day, July 14 no longer appears
unusual. Can you add anything of relevance to the multitude of commentary we have
heard and read already?
A. Two comments made in the aftermath by France's political
leadership are worthy of our attention...
Q. And what was relevant about the failed military coup in
A. From Israel's standpoint, a lot. Israel just reached a
rapprochement with President Erdogan, Turkish aid to Gaza has begun to flow, the
countries plan to exchange ambassadors within weeks, and PM Netanyahu successfully
"cleared" the deal with the Russians and the Egyptians...
APN to receive
"Narrative Leadership" award
APN will be honored this Thursday for its key role and
partnership in the NSL program that trains young emerging leaders from Palestine
and Israel. APN has hosted interns and programs for the past eight years.
Deal" at One Year: A Clear Win for the US and Israel
APN celebrates the achievement of the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), which after one year is already proving itself by radically rolling back
and limiting Iran's nuclear program.
HERE for APN's resource page that includes links to statements
from President Obama and recommended analyses and news commentary on the one-year
HERE for a letter in praise of the Iran nuclear deal from 75
US national security leaders, and HERE
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The fourth in
a series of security validators for APN features an American Statesman, General
and former National Security Advisor
General Colin Powell: "Israeli settlement activity has seriously undermined
Palestinian trust and hope. It pre-empts and prejudices the outcome of negotiations
and, in does so, cripples chances for real peace and security."
New York Jewish Week: Why I Do Call Israel Out On The
By APN Board Member Martin Bresler
Ending the occupation is necessary for the sake of Israel's future as a
liberal, humane, democratic society. To remain silent, is to be complicit, to be an
enabler. It is unacceptable.
APN's Lara Friedman featured at
Friedman spoke on the panel "What Does it Mean to be Progressive on Israel and
Palestine?" at the national conference held July 14-17, in St. Louis.