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Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00 pm (ET)

Israel-Palestine on Capitol Hill

with Congressman Mark Pocan

The dynamics and politics of working on Israeli-Palestinian affairs on Capitol Hill have changed over time, as have the dynamics of advancing progressive sensibilities in Congress.

Join a special APN webinar to discuss these topics with Rep. Mark Pocan, one of the House leading progressives. APN President Hadar Susskind will engage Rep. Pocan in a conversation on April 21st at 1:00 pm.

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Congressman Mark Pocan has represented Wisconsin's 2nd district in Congress for 8 years. Over that time he has become a leader and a progressive champion on many issues, including Israel/Palestine. Rep. Pocan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. He is also the Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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Israel's Independence Day

The evening of Thursday, April 14th began Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. Every year, for Yom Haatzmaut, our colleagues at Shalom Achshav distribute hundreds of “peace flags” to fellow Israelis who endorse the notion that their country cannot be fully free and independent as long as it has not liberated itself of the occupation and made peace with the Palestinians. 

This year, for Yom Haatzmaut, we are bringing these flags and this message to Capitol Hill, distributing them to members of Congress who support our mission – and to some who don’t.  

We started distributing the flags on Tuesday. The first member of the House to receive a flag was Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, a friend of APN and a staunch supporter of Israeli-Palestinian peace. In the photo below, holding the flag, is Rep. Raskin’s Chief of Staff, Julie Tagen.

We respect and cherish the blue-and-white Star of David official flag of the State of Israel. We view it as a symbol of the accomplishments that a nation-state of the Jewish people is, and of the many accomplishments of Israel. But we also want to see the “Shalom” flag by its side, as an aspirational expression of the peace that Israel has not yet accomplished. The absence of peace, while the occupation lingers, denies Palestinians the national independence that Israelis enjoy, but it also denies Israelis full liberty and democracy. Because an occupying power cannot be fully democratic, egalitarian, and free.

In the future, with the help of our supporters and activists, we would like to take the Shalom flag beyond Washington and make it a household symbol of support for peace at Jewish and non-Jewish institutions and homes throughout the United States.

 

B'Shalom,

Ori Nir

Vice President for Public Affairs

Senate Letter Urges Biden to Re-Join Iran Nuclear Deal

Twenty seven senators signed a letter to President Biden, urging him to re-join the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that the Obama administration, together with China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom signed with Iran in 2015. The Trump administration withdrew from the deal, and the Biden administration has signaled its intention to re-join the JCPOA.

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Press Release: APN Outraged by JNF-KKL's Decision to Bolster West Bank Settlements

Americans for Peace Now (APN) is outraged by the Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF-KKL) Executive Committee’s vote yesterday (April 11th 2021) to allow buying land in the West Bank for settlement expansion. APN urges the JNF-KKL’s Board of directors to reject the decision when it comes to its final vote on April 22nd.

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Instructions for APN Auction on Bidding Owl Website

APN’s auction will open at noon (ET) on Sunday, April 11 and close at 6:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, April 20th.  All bids must be received by 6:00 pm (ET) on April 20th.

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Please join us for this timely webinar.

Friday, April 16, 2021, 1:00 pm (ET)

Palestinian Elections: A Guide for the Perplexed 

with Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are gearing up for three rounds of elections over the summer, beginning with parliamentary elections on May 22nd.

The election campaign is revitalizing Palestinian public life, creating new alliances, and producing many questions.

To help decipher the latest developments on the way to Palestinian elections, with an emphasis on the upcoming May 22 Palestinian legislative elections, we will host veteran Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab for a webinar on Friday, April 16th at 1:00 pm ET.

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Award winning Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab is director of the Community Media Network in Amman, Jordan. He is the former editor of Al-Fajr English weekly newspaper, a columnist for the Arabic language al-Quds daily and a regular contributor to leading American newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

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Press Release: APN Welcomes Biden's Resuming Aid to Palestinians

 

Washington, DC – Americans for Peace Now warmly welcomes the Biden administration's decision to resume US aid to Palestinians, which not only benefits the Palestinians but is also good for Israel and for prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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APN to Biden: Block Settlement Construction North of Bethlehem

Americans for Peace Now urges the Biden administration to clearly oppose and act to block the planned construction of hundreds of new settlement homes in a strategic location between East Jerusalem and Bethlehem, which would thwart the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.

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Bid for Peace During APN's Auction (April 11 - 20)

Dear Friend of APN,

If you enjoyed watching Mandy Patinkin lead our moving and memorable commemoration to Yitzhak Rabin last fall, you’re going to love what I have to offer you today. 

How about a chance to meet Mandy and his wife, Kathryn Grody, for lunch in New York City? 

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APN Webinar (Friday, April 9 , 2021) - Antisemitism: Competing Definitions

Please listen to the recording of this webinar.

Friday, April 9, 2021, 1:00 pm (ET)

Antisemitism: Competing Definitions

A conversation with Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Lara Friedman, moderated by Hadar Susskind

The definition of antisemitism, which many consider to be intuitive, has recently become controversial. Now, there are three definitions trending. In addition to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) “working definition of antisemitism,” there is the new Nexus definition, and the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA), which offer different perspectives and help generate a deeper, more complex discussion on the nature of antisemitism and proper ways of confronting it.     

This discussion was jointly sponsored by Americans for Peace Now and T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. It featured Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T’ruah, and Lara Friedman, the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), and was moderated by Hadar Susskind, the president and CEO of Americans for Peace Now.

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Truah’s Executive Director, holds rabbinic ordination and an MA in Talmud from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Fellow, an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College, and a BA from Columbia University. She is the author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition.

Lara Friedman, FMEP’s President, is a Contributing Writer at Jewish Currents and a non-resident fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project (USMEP). Prior to joining FMEP, Lara was the Director of Policy and Government Relations at Americans for Peace Now, and before that she was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, serving in Jerusalem, Washington, Tunis and Beirut. She holds Master’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

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