APN Weekly Update - Bresler calls out the occupation, Alpher calls out the new NGO law, Iran deal a year later, and more

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: July 19, 2016

"...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).

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher


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 Turkey?

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...

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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.

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The New York Jewish Week: Why I Do Call Israel Out On The Occupation

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.

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