APN Weekly Update - Support a referendum on the occupation, take action on settlements, APN letter in NYT

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: September 7, 2016

"We have elevated the occupation to an art form ... And I'm asking, is this what we want to be? Every step we take should stem from one strategic goal - separation from the Palestinians."

Israeli Maj. General (res.) Gadi Shamni, former top IDF commander in the West Bank, at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

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.

September 6, 2016 - The totally non-credible verbal war over settlements. The increasingly complex shooting war in northern Syria

Q. In late August a UN envoy called Israeli settlement construction an impediment to peace. A Netanyahu spokesperson retorted that the envoy was “distorting history and international law”. Is there anything new we can learn from this exchange?

A. ...there is indeed something to learn from this exchange...

Q. Turkey has invaded northern Syria and the US has given its blessing. Who are the winners and losers in this round of the seemingly endless Syrian civil war? What is the strategic significance?

A. The winners are the easiest to identify...

Q. But does Washington win or lose? Where does this leave US and Israeli strategic interests regarding the Syria issue and its regional and international ramifications?

A. It will now be harder for the US to achieve its declared objective of dislodging both Assad and his primary enemy in Syria, ISIS...

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Settlement Watch

Settlement Watch: Major Victory for Peace Now

Israeli High Court orders evacuation of 17 structures in the illegal outpost of Derech Ha'Avot

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David Mizrahi, once a vocal anti-Arab hatemonger, makes amends in a heartfelt Facebook post, and begins preaching tolerance and acceptance.

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In The News

"Decision at 50" Initiative launched by Peace Now with other Israeli organizations

"After 50 years of Israeli control of the Palestinian Territories, the time has come to decide: a bi-national state or two states, annexation or a negotiated agreement, 50 more years of military rule or a diplomatic resolution."

In the 50th year of the occupation, the initiative demands a referendum on the future of Israel's rule over the West Bank and on peace with the Palestinians.

Go HERE for the Decision at 50 press release.

Go HERE to learn more about Decision at 50 and to sign up for updates.

APN calls on all Americans who care about Israel's future to support the call for a referendum on the occupation, which is now entering its fiftieth year.

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Action Alert

Help fight against the Israel Government actions that are Fanning the Flames

The policies and actions of the current Israeli government are actively fanning the flames of violence, further entrenching and expanding occupation, and killing the two-state solution.

Go HERE to learn more about the latest outrages and what you can do to take action, including signing the APN petition to:

"Stop the land grabs, stop the settlement expansion"

APN in Action

Letter to the New York Times from APN's Jim Klutznick and Debra DeLee

In response to "Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West Bank", a letter to the editor from the APN leaders was published, and included: It is time for our government to put action behind its words, before settlements and the occupation nullify prospects for a two-state solution.

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