APN/Peace Now In The News: July 5-10, 2019

Forward: "These Hasbara Tours Bribe Jews To Be Pro-Israel And Make Birthright Seem Lefty" By Scott Boxer, APN Intern (July 10, 2019)

...there are some Israel tours for college students that are going unnoticed. These trips are led by organizations with explicit right-wing political agendas that have a dangerous potential to affect young US Jews' understanding of Israel and the occupation in the years to come.

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NY Jewish Week: "From Iowa To New Hampshire, Israel Policy In Play Interest groups dig into early Democratic primary states." (July 10, 2019)

For others, the details matter. Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now, told The Jewish Week that Democratic candidates should offer actual plans for how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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NY Times: "Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View" (July 10, 2019)

The ride to Har Gilo, just south of Jerusalem, took the bus through an Israeli checkpoint. Hagit Ofran, a leader of Peace Now, addressed the group over a microphone and described how soldiers decided which motorists to stop: "To look suspicious," she said, "you need to look Arab."

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Ha'aretz: "Religious Fanatics Have Hijacked America's Israel Policy. And They're Not Even Evangelicals" By Ori Nir, APN Director of Communication and Engagement (July 8, 2019)

Trump's extremist, maverick pro-settler envoys, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt, aren't resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They're fueling it - and Congress should investigate.

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Ha'aretz: "New U.S. Jewish Group Takes 'Never Again' Into Battle Against Trump's Migrant Policy" (July 5, 2019)

"Young progressive American Jews are both value-driven and politically astute," says Ori Nir of Americans for Peace Now. "Trump's immigration policy moves them ethically while granting them an opportunity to make political alliances going into a presidential election year."

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