Whether it is in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, or Givat Hamatos, efforts to expel Palestinians from their homes are often painted as mere real estate disputes. The reality is that they are part of a larger effort to change the demographics of Jerusalem as a way to prevent Palestinian claims to a capital in East Jerusalem and to undermine the future of a negotiated two-state solution.
APN is a leading source of pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy and activism. Through our Action Network, we mobilize tens of thousands of actions every year in support of peace, with actions targeting the U.S. government, Congress, Jewish organizations, the media, the Israeli embassy, and others. Join us in taking action to fight anti-peace policies and actions, and to urge elected officials to adopt policies that support the two-state solution. Join our Action Network and check this page regularly (actions are listed in chronological order, with the most recent at the top). Add your voice to the chorus of pro-Israel, pro-peace voices fighting to end the occupation and to secure a two-state solution!
We at Americans for Peace Now know that fighting against intolerance is an intersectional issue: the struggles against antisemitism and Islamophobia must be fought in unison. Just as other communities show up for us, it is our duty to stand as allies alongside our Muslim friends and neighbors.
We are seeing a rise in Islamophobia in nearly every corner of the globe. Anti-Muslim rhetoric, bigotry and acts of violence have increased as white supremacist and Islamophobic hate group networks have grown in strength and inspired acts of anti-Muslim violence and terrorism, including the murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario over the summer and the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings.
This anti-Muslim bigotry must end.
That's why Americans for Peace Now is proud to support the Combating International Islamophobia Act, which will require the State Department to create a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Muslim Bigotry. Sponsored by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and modeled on the already existing position of Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism, this vital legislation passed the House of Representatives this week. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Senate companion to the bill on Tuesday.
Sadly yet unsurprisingly, the debate around this bill has been vitriolic. Opponents of the bill have lobbed horrific and false accusations of terrorism and have tried to use unrelated claims about Israel’s security and the threat of antisemitism to push back against this legislation.
We will not let detractors divide or distract us from the real issue at hand.
To see the full text of the legislation, click here.
Urge your Member of Congress to Call on the Biden Administration to Prevent Settlement Construction in E-1
Israel’s plans to build in the area known as E-1 are putting a future where a secure and democratic Israel lives next to a viable independent Palestine at grave risk.
Israel’s Civil Administration is currently holding hearings to review objections to settlement plans in E-1. This is one of the few remaining stages before settlement construction will be allowed to commence.
There’s a reason the proposed settlements in E-1 have been called “doomsday settlements.” If Israel allows the plans to be enacted it would threaten the territorial contiguity necessary for a viable independent Palestinian state by dividing the north of the West Bank from the south, as well as the West Bank from East Jerusalem. E-1 is a vital corridor for Palestinian communal life, connecting Ramallah and the northern West Bank to Bethlehem and the southern West Bank.
Our colleagues at Peace Now have filed objections to the plans in Israel, and now it is our turn to back them up. Representative Mark Pocan is leading a letter urging the Biden Administration to weigh in and use diplomatic pressure to halt Israel’s approval process of E-1 settlements.
This action closed on Friday, November 19.
Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz declared that six prominent Palestinian rights groups — Al Haq; Addameer; Defense For Children International-Palestine; Bisan; the Union of Agricultural Work Committees; and the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees — were “terrorist organizations.”
As the Association of Civil Rights in Israel notes, “neither evidence nor proof of the serious charge have been provided.” Unfortunately, Palestinian civil society and human rights organizations have long faced such spurious accusations from certain Israeli politicians and right-wing commentators. But the consequences of these designations from the Defense Ministry are much more severe and alarming. Employees, activists, donors, and others affiliated with these organizations are now potentially subject to prosecution.
We, the undersigned, support the two-state solution. We want to see a safe, secure, and democratic Israel living side-by-side with a viable and independent Palestine. While we believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership remain the best possible path to ending the occupation, we also state unequivocally that Palestinians have a right to nonviolently resist and oppose the occupation.
The organizations targeted by the Defense Ministry are doing just that. While we may not agree with every single statement and objective of these groups, we cannot afford to be silent in light of this naked attempt at suppression. Supporters of a liberal and democratic Israel have an obligation to speak out against this decision.
We call on the Israeli government to reverse the designations, and for Israel’s friends and allies in the world to actively encourage it to do so.
For too long politicians on both sides of the aisle have paid lip service to two-states instead of implementing policies that would actually bring us closer to a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In the wake of the violent escalation in Gaza, accelerating demolitions and evictions and settlement construction, and disastrous Trump administration policies that emboldened Israel to the brink of annexing Area C, bold US action is well overdue.
That is why it is vital that Members of Congress co-sponsor the Two-State Solution Act. This comprehensive piece of legislation re-defines the United States’ role as a catalyst for Israeli-Palestinian peace by implementing tangible steps that would accelerate progress toward peace and discourage steps that push it further out of reach.
Take action below to urge your Member of Congress to support this historic legislation.
Read the full text of the bill here.
Defend Prospects for Peace by Reaffirming Support for a Two-State Solution
In the latest example of members of the Republican party abandoning the two-state solution, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is preventing consideration of the Israel Relations Normalization Act because he objects to language in the bill that supports a two-state solution. Introduced by Senators from both sides of the aisle, the bill reaffirms longstanding bipartisan US policy in support of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resulting in two states living side by side in peace, security, and mutual recognition.
While there is a growing conversation around a confederation or rights-based one state approaches, that's not what Senator Cruz is advocating. What Senator Cruz wants is to leave the door open for an apartheid one state nightmare. This is unacceptable.
With over 60 of his colleagues’ bipartisan support for this bill, Senator Cruz’s antics demonstrate that his is still a fringe position. We need to keep it that way. Elected officials must push back against the far right’s dangerous efforts and proudly reaffirm their support for a two-state solution.
Take action below to urge your senators to stand up to Senator Cruz’s efforts to change decades of bipartisan US policy in favor of apartheid by making a clear statement in support of a two-state solution.
Update: this action, now closed, ran from May 7-10, 2021.
Monday is Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. This city, sacred to billions of people across the globe, is not only the spiritual center of multiple religions. It is also the home of real people. Families, men, women and children. Jewish and Muslim. Israeli and Palestinian. And this city is in crisis.
In Sheikh Jarrah, in Silwan, Palestinian families are being forcibly evicted from their homes, only to be replaced by Israeli settlers. This crisis has been building for a long time. Our colleagues at Shalom Achshav have been on the ground fighting against this, and we here in the US have been pushing for our government to speak up and take action.
Today members of Congress, led by Representatives Marie Newman and Mark Pocan, are urging Secretary of State Tony Blinken and the Biden Administration to do just that.
Members of Congress need to speak up and to push the Administration to act before it is too late. And they need to hear from you.
Update: this action, now closed, ran from April 22-27, 2021.
At Americans for Peace Now, we strive to be clear about what we believe. We believe that antisemitism—like racism, islamophobia and other forms of hatred—is a serious and growing problem here in the US and around the world.
We have opposed the codification of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, based on the fact that it uses overly broad brush strokes, and in doing so is often used to quash legitimate criticism of unacceptable Israeli government policies. In the past few weeks, two new efforts have been put forth to address the issues of antisemitism.
We are pleased to be working with Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal, Andy Levin and Jamie Raskin to bring these to the attention of Secretary of State Blinken, and the entire Biden Administration, and to urge them to consider these definitions in their efforts to combat antisemitism.
Update: this action, now closed, ran in March 2021.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently said that “the Biden administration enthusiastically embraces the 2016 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism,” known by its acronym as IHRA.
Join us in asking Secretary Blinken to curb his enthusiasm.
Update: this action, now closed, ran in February 2021.
Add Your Name to Speak Out Against JNF-KKL Settlement Expansion Plans
Americans for Peace Now is part of an international coalition of organizations opposing the decision of the Jewish National Fund – Keren Kayemet Le’Israel (JNF-KKL) to start officially purchasing privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank to expand Israeli settlements.
We are writing to the World Chairman of the JNF-KKL, Avraham Duvdevani, to let him know that we refuse to legitimize or contribute to the expansion of Israel's settlement enterprise and the further entrenchment of the occupation.
Not in our names!
Please add your name to this letter to Mr. Duvdevani. Help us block this disastrous initiative.