Passover 2020 - Hoping for redemption while praying for a plague to pass

This night WILL be unlike other nights.

On Wed. April 8, we will celebrate the first Passover seder and re-tell the story of the Jewish people's exodus out of Egypt. Given the COVID-19 pandemic this year, we are faced with an acute challenge to the freedoms we usually enjoy. While our seders may be limited to those physically residing in our households (and perhaps remote feeds for some), the crisis provides the opportunity to make a meaningful connection to the themes of the holiday and our ancestors and their quest for freedom.

APN is pleased to once again provide a supplemental reading for Passover, this time by Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Santa Monica, CA.

The new reading centers around the directive that "In every generation, a person is required to see him/herself as if s/he came out from Egypt." We thank Rabbi Neil, who is an indefatigable champion of peace and justice (pictured at a protest against the "Muslim Ban").

Our previous readings are also available to share and include in your seder.

We have also updated our Dayenu message and provide a special reading for this year's particular circumstance. Yes, we have had enough!


APN wishes you and your family health and strength for Passover and moving forward.

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 & The Settlements - with Peace Now's Hagit Ofran & Yesh Din's Lior Amichai

Tuesday, April 7, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar on settlements and occupation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, featuring experts on the ground in Israel:

  • Lior Amichai, Executive Director of Yesh Din
  • Hagit Ofran, Director Peace Now Settlement Watch

Moderated by

  • Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace 

Discussion will include the very different Israeli policies vis-a-vis movement and travel of Palestinians and West Bank settlers, Israeli government moves to advance settlement projects while the world’s focus is on the health crisis, and continued settler violence against Palestinians. 


Co-Sponsored by Americans for Peace Now and Foundation for Middle East Peace

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COVID-19 - APN and Israel-related Resources

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APN Joins Peace Now's Call: No to Annexation as Israeli Government Policy

Americans for Peace Now (APN) joins its sister organization, Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) in urging Israeli politicians to reject West Bank annexation as a policy principle of the incoming government.

Reports in the Israeli media today indicate that Prime Minister Netanyahu is demanding that any party joining his coalition government endorse Annexing parts of the West Bank as a policy principle.

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Peace Now and Partners to Gantz and Peretz: "Stop Annexation Plans in the Next Government"


Urgent Request to Party Leaders Gantz and Peretz to Stop Annexation Plans in the Next Government
Today, the heads of five Israeli organisations that support the two-state solution delivered an emergency letter to Israel Resilience Party chair, MK Benny Gantz, and Labor Party chair, Amir Peretz, urging them to veto any actions to be taken by the incoming government toward annexing swaths of the West Bank, which would have grave consequences for Israel's future.

Such sweeping unilateral moves, if undertaken by the so-called "unity government," would fly in the face of those who cast their vote for the Blue & White and Labor parties, believing that they would champion prudent policies with regard to the Palestinians. Annexation would not just violate international obligations, but also compromise Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state, and critically endanger existing agreements and regional harmony with Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

As coalition negotiations continue, red lines need to be drawn to prevent the adoption of an extreme right-wing agenda.

Read the full letter addressed to MK Gantz 
(An identical letter was sent to MK Amir Peretz)


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Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

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PeaceCast: COVID-19 and Israeli-Palestinian Rapprochement - with Noa Shusterman of INSS

Could Israeli-Palestinian cooperation around Coronavirus be extended beyond the realm of public health? Could it bring about much needed rapprochement? Could it, at the very least, put Israeli annexation plans on hold? 

Noa Shusterman, the Israel-Palestinian Research Program Coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) explores these questions. 

Listen to the full episode

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Listen to the briefing call from Tuesday, March 31st with Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston. 

Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston, a native of Los Angeles, moved to Israel in 1976 after graduation from Berkeley. He took part in establishing Kibbutz Gezer and served in the IDF as a combat medic, before turning to journalism. He covered the first Palestinian uprising as Gaza correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, and was the paper's military correspondent in the 1991 Gulf War. In the mid-1990s he covered Israeli-Arab peace talks for Reuters. In 2006, he received the Eliav-Sartawi Award for Mideast Journalism, presented at the United Nations.

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APN Stands with Israeli Public; Alarmed at Breaches of Democratic Norms and Institutions 

Washington, DC – As we follow with trepidation the spread of Coronavirus in our own country and the sub-par response of our federal government to this global epidemic, our hearts and minds are also with our sisters and brothers in Israel. We stand with them at this somber time. We wish health to the people of Israel. We also wish health to Israel's democracy and public sphere.

We also extend our wishes for health and resilience to Israel's Palestinian neighbors, who too are facing a monumental public health challenge as they confront COVID-19.

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Online at Washington Jewish Week

March 25, 20200

By APN Chair James Klutznick and APN Vice Chair Aviva Meyer

As global crises typically do, the coronavirus — its spread, and the looming threat it poses to humankind — provides us with a sense of perspective.

COVID-19 does not discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians. When threatened by this deadly virus, the two peoples worry together and work together to save lives.

When the forces of nature remind us how vulnerable we are — how equally vulnerable we are — we are humbled. And humbled before these forces, we demonstrate our shared humanity.

Pictured Left: In Hebron, Palestinian women work in a factory amid precautions against the coronavirus (photo credit: REUTERS/MUSSA QAWASMA); Right: In Jerusalem, an Israeli medic arrives to test a patient with symptoms of COVID-19 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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