APN Weekly Update - Challenging Bibi on "ethnic cleansing", taking action, Camp David anniversary, and more

Americans for Peace Now
Americans for Peace Now: September 14, 2016

"Like the term 'genocide,' the term 'ethnic cleansing' should be restricted to actually describing the atrocity it suggests - rather than distorted to suit political ends."

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League, in Foreign Policy: Sorry Bibi, the Palestinians Are Not 'Ethnic Cleansing' Jewish Settlers

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 12, 2016 - New two-state peace initiatives coming up?

Q. The informed press and academia are rife with discussion of three new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives that are reportedly being incubated: a set of "Obama principles", a Moscow summit, and an Israeli referendum. Can you discuss each in terms of potential content and advantages and disadvantages?

A. I first heard about the idea of President Obama presenting his own outline for Israeli-Palestinian peace about two years ago...

Q. Still, suppose Obama is determined to leave behind his own peace formula as part of his legacy. What would you recommend it contain? What should the concept be?

A. I would strongly counsel against another set of "Clinton parameters" presented in a presidential speech...

Q. PM Netanyahu seems to be contemplating steps to dissuade Obama from moving in this or any other direction, including a possible Moscow summit with Palestinian leader Abbas...

A. Netanyahu apparently genuinely fears an international initiative that attempts to dictate concessions he cannot or will not make...

>Q. You have an intelligence background. What do you make of these allegations (Mahmoud Abbas is somehow too intimate with the Russians)?

A. If the report is based solely on a document in Russian with two lines, as the Israeli scholars allege, I'm inclined to doubt its veracity...

Q. And the third initiative?

A. ..."Decision at 50" is a dynamic and intriguing idea...

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

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

Go HERE for APN's call to all Americans to support the referendum.

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APN Board Members Steven Kaplan and Sandy Weiner Oped in L.A. Jewish Journal "Governor Brown should veto flawed BDS law"

The BDS controversy is best left to those who can educate, persuade and influence. This is an issue for public discourse, not confusing and muddled legislation.

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Action Alert

Repudiate Netanyahu, Stop Israel land grabs and settlement expansion, Save a Palestinian village

Urge America's Jewish organizations to repudiate Netanyahu's "ethnic cleansing" comments

American Jewish organizations must condemn Prime Minister Netanyahu's outrageous comments for what they are: Cheap demagoguery, which exploits and minimizes horrible tragedies that Jews and others have suffered throughout history.

Following the release of this APN action alert, the ADL's CEO and National Director repudiated Netanyahu in Sorry Bibi, the Palestinians Are Not 'Ethnic Cleansing' Jewish Settlers

Sign our Petition: Tell Israel - Stop the land grabs, stop the settlement expansion.

Add your name to the message being sent to world leaders.

Save the Palestinian village of Sussya

This West Bank Palestinian village is on land long coveted by Israeli settlers and is slated for destruction.

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APN's Lara Friedman in The Times of Israel: Bibi, Settlements and the "Ethnic Cleansing" Canard

It seems there is no line Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't cross to defend settlements.

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APN on the fallacy of settlement removal being ethnic cleansing

APN's online publication succinctly covers why removing Israeli settlers from occupied territory is not ethnic cleansing, but rather a necessary step for the Jewish State of Israel.

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President Jimmy Carter, Convener of the Camp David Peace Agreement, 38 years ago this week

The Israel-Egypt peace agreement was signed on September 17, 1978, and without President Jimmy Carter, Israel's first and most crucial peace agreement would not have been secured.

Go HERE for President Carter's quote on his personal commitment to peace in the Holy Land

APN Mourns the Passing of Stanley Sheinbaum, Board Member and Liberal Activist

"For a while, I was the most hated Jew in America ... by other Jews anyway. (But,) I didn't waste time agonizing." -- Stanley Sheinbaum

APN President and CEO Debra DeLee: "Stanley broke barriers in so many arenas, particularly as relates to Middle East peace...he led a delegation of American Jews, most of them members of the APN family, to open the first discussions with the PLO. We owe much to his leadership and to his bold and fearless pursuit of peace. It will be hard to imagine this world and peace activism without him."

Go HERE to read the Jewish Journal's article about Stanley's remarkable life and accomplishments.

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