Elana Kravitz is a student at Columbia University studying Political Science and Arabic, currently an Americans for Peace Now intern


Mohammed Bin Salman was elevated to the status of crown prince of Saudi Arabia just over a year ago, and what a year it’s been. He quickly became an international celebrity better known as MBS, the man of the hour in the Middle East, and even a welcome presence on the Rock’s Instagram. He captured the world’s attention with a prolonged charm offensive and “revolutionary” reforms in Saudi Arabia such as allowing women to drive and disempowering the infamous Saudi Arabian religious police.

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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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APN's "3 Weeks of Contemplation" - Week 1 Book Recommendations

Week 1 Books - Exposing the divisions that exist in Israeli society between different ethnic, religious, and political groups.

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Americans for Peace Now (APN) condemns Israeli actions toward Bedouin communities in the West Bank, including Khan al-Ahmar. Israeli authorities have demolished structures in Abu Nuwar and moved in bulldozers to Khan al-Ahmar in preparation for demolishing that community. The Israeli government plans to forcibly transfer the Bedouin members of the Jahalin tribe to Al Jabel, a village near the garbage dump in Abu Dis.

These moves are not only violation of Palestinian human rights; they are also a deliberate move by Israel’s right-wing government to harm prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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APN's "3 Weeks of Contemplation" - Book Recommendations

Americans for Peace Now invites you to join us in “Three Weeks of Contemplation: Hate, Peace, and Reconciliation,” featuring a hand-picked selection of current books by Israeli and Palestinian writers.

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The Dove - Young Voices of Israel/Palestine - July 23, 2018

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Information obtained by Peace Now indicates that the Binyamin Regional Council concealed tens of millions of shekels in funding for Amana, an organization that stands behind the establishment of most of the illegal outposts in the West Bank and is involved wide scale illegal construction in settlements. Many more millions were granted to political organizations, striving to affect public opinion and government bodies to support the settlements and to help the right-wing ideas.
 
Every local authority in Israel, including those in the West Bank, is allowed to allocate funds to non-government organizations for the benefit of its residence, in the framework of transparent criteria, and to limited list of causes regulated by the Israeli Ministry of Interior. The funding for all of the West Bank local authorities is coming from the Israeli government in addition to local taxation, collected by the localities from their residence.
 
Following a Peace Now petition under the Freedom of Information Act, the Binyamin Regional Council was forced to disclose detailed information about the funds it provides to non-governmental organizations. The information shows that between 2013 and 2015, the Council distributed over NIS 65 million to various organizations. 85% of the support funds (more than NIS 55 million) were transferred to political NGOs striving to affect public opinion and government bodies to support the settlements, and to Amana, which engages in illegal activity. Only 15% of the funds were transferred to other non-profit organizations that deal with welfare, education, sports, etc., in accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Interior.
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Hard Questions, Tough Answers (July 2, 2018) - Netanyahu’s strategy toward Iran (and Syria)

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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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APN Israel Study Tour - An Exceptional Experience

  For at least 30 years I've been traveling to Israel twice a year to visit my family who lives there.  I know the terrain; I speak the language, though rudimentary.  I move around with confidence and would never consider going with a tour group because I don't need to -- except that four times now I've traveled to Israel with Americans for Peace Now on their Study Tour and barring anything unforeseen I expect to do it again in early 2019.

  Why the exception for APN?  Because APN gives me access to people and places I would never encounter on my own or on a synagogue tour.   I know of a Reform Temple that takes its members to Masada to commemorate Jews' heroism of 2,000 years ago.  APN has taken us to Hebron to see first-hand the shameful effect of 50 years of occupying the West Bank.....and then to meet with activists who are pushing back against a seemingly intractrable conflict which in fact does have a solution. This is the real Israel which we as American Jews need to see if we're to fight for the country we care deeply about.

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APN Welcomes Shaqued Morag, Newly Appointed Director of Israel's Shalom Achshav (Peace Now)

Shaqued Morag is the newly appointed executive director of Israel’s peace movement Shalom Achshav (Peace Now). We at Shalom Acshav’s American sister organization are thrilled to welcome Shaqued into Peace Now’s extended family, and are wishing her b’hatzlakha, good luck and success in this important leadership role.

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