We Welcome The New Year And The Change We Hope It Brings

I'm happy to see Hadar Susskind leading Americans for Peace Now not only because of his experience, management, skills and expertise but because he embodies the best of our movement's next generation.

Please read Hadar's letter, which follows. I was so moved by it, I increased my donation over last year's.

As we welcome a New Year and all the change we hope it brings, join me in contributing with your tax-deductible donation today​.

Shana Tovah U'metukah,

Letty Cottin Pogrebin
APN Board Member and past Chair of the Board

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President Trump's controversial US Ambassador to Israel has demonstrated that APN was right to oppose his confirmation and subsequently call for his firing.

Based on his actions, statements, and our off-the-record conversations with informed insiders, it is clear that David Friedman is the chief architect behind the Trump administration's thinly concealed push to kill the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Friedman File is APN's comprehensive record documenting the deeds of the settlements enthusiast-cum-ambassador since he assumed his post.

Friedman File

Update on September 17, 2020

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — I’ve been asked why a pro-Israel Jewish peace organization like mine is not enthusiastically celebrating the signing of a peace deal between Israel and two important Arab states. 

We do welcome the agreement that Israel will sign here Tuesday with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In and of itself, the trend of Israel’s normalizing relations with Arab states is a positive development. 

But this is not happening in a vacuum. It’s happening at a time that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under multiple indictments for corruption and bribery, at a time when tens of thousands are gathering in protest around the nation and calling for his removal. And most important, it’s happening at a time when his government continues to entrench the occupation and undermine even the hope of a two-state solution. 

Normalization with the UAE and Bahrain is great for the venture capitalists who will benefit from it, but does nothing to remedy Israel’s existential problem: its conflict with the Palestinians and the occupation that does so much damage.

I’m sure that Tuesday’s White House ceremony will provide a beautiful photo op, but I’m not eager to take part in festivities that are intended to paper over the real threat to Israel’s national security by celebrating a “peace deal” with countries that Israel was not at war with, as Israel fails to contain even the immediate threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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APN Statement on Bahrain's Normalizing Relations with Israel

Today's announcement of Bahrain's decision to formalize its relations with Israel, while welcome in and of itself, is used by Benjamin Netanyahu's government to distract from the very real challenges that Israel is facing.

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APN High Holiday Letter from President & CEO Hadar Susskind

September 2020

Dear Friend,


Twenty-five years ago this November 4th, thousands of Israelis gathered at a Peace Now rally in what was then known as Kings of Israel Square. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had the courage to shake his enemy’s hand on the White House lawn just two months earlier, stood in front of the audience of hopeful faces and announced “the path of peace is preferable to the path of war.” Sadly, we all know what happened next. Minutes later, he was gunned down by a radical national-religious Israeli, assassinated for his willingness to embrace change, to grow beyond a military commander and become a champion for peace and a better future for Israel and its Palestinian neighbors.

Perhaps you were there, holding a candle and singing with thousands of Israelis and Aviv Geffen as he almost predicted the outcome of the evening with his somber lyrics, “to cry for you.” Yitzhak Rabin risked and lost his life for a chance to make peace. He did not succeed. But we shall continue until his dream is realized. Yitzhak Rabin is my hero. And I hope you will join me this fall as we commemorate his life and his legacy.

There will be more information coming soon regarding APN’s October 20th celebration of Yitzhak Rabin, which will be hosted by actor, social activist, and APN board member Mandy Patinkin. But in the meantime, I hope you will consider making a gift to APN as we gather for the High Holidays and continue to work towards the peace that Rabin championed—and all of us—believe in so passionately.

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Shortly after the El Al jet arrived back from Abu Dhabi at Ben Gurion Airport last Tuesday, bringing the dignitaries and a large chunk of Israel’s press corps home, an Israeli radio channel broadcast a scoop: Israel and the United Arab Emirates will negotiate jointly sending astronauts to outer space. There was great excitement in the studio. “UAE and Israeli astronauts, together, in the same rocket ship,” crowed one anchor, while the other quipped that “They’ll pay for the fuel.”

Funny.

Well, not really.

That same night, three Gazan siblings, a five-year-old and two toddlers, were burned to death at the Nussirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Most Gazans still get only four hours of electricity per day, so they are forced to light candles after nightfall. It was by these candles that the fire in the al-Hazeen home started, and because of the water shortage in Gaza, relatives and neighbors could not find a water source to douse the flames.

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Statement on Israel-US-UAE Meetings in Abu Dhabi

Americans for Peace Now's objective, and indeed our dream, is to see Israel living in peace with all its Middle East neighbors, far and near. If Israel's normalizing its relations with the UAE were a step towards ending the occupation of the West Bank, then we would be all for it.

Sadly however, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his allies in the White House will pocket the Israel-UAE normalization agreement to further normalize, entrench and perpetuate the occupation. We are therefore reluctant to celebrate today.

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Mandy Patinkin Invites you to APN's Yitzhak Rabin 25-Year Memorial Live-streamed Event - October 20

Yitzhak Rabin 25-Year Memorial Event 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Dear Everyone, and I mean everyone-

Unbelievably, this is the 25th anniversary of the loss of one of our greatest leaders, Yitzhak Rabin. On the evening of October 20, I will have the honor of hosting Americans for Peace Now’s Memorial Event, which will be live-streamed and free for you to attend.

(Click the picture to watch my video message)

CLICK for an invitation video from Mandy Patinkin

Together, we will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin with those who knew him, worked with him for peace, and were and remain inspired by him.

We will also highlight the relevance and importance of his leadership for us today – especially today – when mass protests for democracy and justice are happening in both Israel and the United States, powered by a generation who were not even alive during the Rabin years.

The event will feature friends in Israel, leaders from the political world, peace and social justice activists, and others. You will also see, hear, and sing along to special musical performances, and participate in the memorial candle-lighting.

An evening like this affirms my pride in serving on the board of Americans for Peace Now.

(The photo shows me speaking at a Peace Now conference in Israel, some time ago, with a good deal more hair on my head!)

Please register to attend and save the evening of October 20 in your calendar. We need meaning, inspiration and hopefully a little bit of fun, now more than ever, and I look forward to finding that together, even virtually... More details will be coming your way soon.

See you there...

Mandy Patinkin

Yitzhak Rabin 25-Year Memorial Event - Mandy Patinkin Invitation Video and Registration

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APN Condemns Deadly Stabbing Attack in Israel

APN strongly condemns the murder today of Rabbi Shai Ohayon, an Israeli citizen in Petah Tikvah, near Tel Aviv.

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