2018's Top Quotes and Outrages

When Jerusalem-based journalist Orly Halpern edits the daily edition of News Nosh, APN's daily roundup of news from Israel, she chooses the quote of the day and the outrage of the day, which she dubs "you must be kidding."

The Following is a small selection of the quotes and outrages featured in News Nosh in 2018.

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Top Five "Quote of the Day"

“Give us obedient attorney generals, artists who are eunuchs, a reined-in media, and a disciplined and educated people whose thinking is uniform."
- Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber, on the mindset of proponents of the “Loyalty in Culture Bill,” in testimony before a Knesset Committee. The bill, which was defeated, would have denied government support to arts and culture institutions whose “actions contradict the country’s principles.” (November 6)

“Benjamin Netanyahu has half-apologized for my detention yesterday at Ben Gurion airport. I'll accept when he apologizes to all the Palestinians and Palestinian-Americans who every day endure far worse.”
- Prominent Jewish-American journalist, Peter Beinart, in a Twitter post, after Israel's Shin Bet detained him at Ben-Gurion Airport for questioning over his political views. (August 14)

“Land is one of the most important public resources, and designating it for the use of one group only at the expense of another is one of the clearest characteristics of apartheid."
- Shabtay Bendet, of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch team, reacting to the news that since 1967, Israel has only allotted 0.25% (401 acres) of “state land” in the West Bank to Palestinians versus 50% (148,263 acres) to Israeli settlements. The numbers were revealed by the State following a FOIA request by Peace Now and the Movement for Freedom of Information. (July 18)

“We tried to point during the tour to the fact that they won't speak to us about the occupation, but we got no answers. They gave us a map of Israel that doesn't have the West Bank borders depicted on it. It's really unfortunate because Birthright is often the only opportunity for young Americans to learn about what's going on.”
- Becky Wasserman, 26, from Boston, explaining why she and seven other Jewish-American youth left a Birthright tour while in East Jerusalem and contacted Peace Now to show them the occupation. (July 15)

“After the passage of the nation-state law I couldn’t restrain myself and keep quiet any longer. There isn’t a single word about equality in the law. The right to equality is one of the most important basic rights in every country in the democratic world, and that should have been the case in our country too – but to my regret that didn’t happen.”
- Former deputy president of Israel's High Court, Salim Joubran, who is Arab, explaining why he called the new Nation-State Law racist and warned it will strengthen existing discrimination against Israel’s Arab citizens. (July 31)

Top Five “You Must be Kidding”

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman smiles as he receives a photo of Jerusalem with the Third Jewish Temple replacing the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Friedman later said the gift caught him off-guard. (May 23).

“The occupation is nonsense.”
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanuahu, speaking to a Likud party meeting. (November 6)

"Rabin's assassination had no historical influence."
- Speaker of Knesset Yuli Edelstein, in a radio interview. (November 5)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who compared himself to Hitler, was honored by the Israeli government with an invitation to inaugurate a Holocaust memorial in Israel. (August 30)

"Our revenge is by building the Land of Israel. I am known for saying: ‘You build a (settlement) house - it's as if you wiped out a hundred Arabs. You build a settlement - it's as if you killed ten thousand gentiles.’"
- Prominent settlement land dealer and convicted terrorist Moshe Zar, to roaring applause by participants at the Education Ministry's “Education Leaders Conference.” (July 5)

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