On March 3nd, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to the US Congress at the invitation of the Republican Leadership, not the White House. It’s a decision that’s driven Netanyahu’s already strained relationship with President Obama to a breaking point.

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Yossi Alpher Brown Bag event March 5th, 11:30am

hamentashen250x163On Thursday, March 5th, Yossi Alpher will be in Washington DC promoting his new book, Periphery: Israel's Search for Middle East Allies. APN is hosting a brown-bag lunch – you provide the lunch, we provide the hamantaschen – Yes, the 5th happens to be Purim!

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One month to Israel’s elections: Invitation to 2/17 Briefing call with Amir Tibon

Amir_Tibon320x265Tuesday, February  17th, at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. 
To join the call dial 951-797-1058 and enter passcode 147414. Then please record your name clearly.

A month before Israel’s general elections, Benjamin Netanyau’s Likud party seems to be tied in a neck-and-neck race with Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni’s Jewish Camp party. What was initially thought to be a snoozy campaign is turning out to be a fascinating electoral exercise, which is redrawing the contours of Israel’s political map, raising serious questions about Netanyahu’s legendary political savvy and may even end his rule as Israel’s second-longest serving prime minister.

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APN in Southern California is a co-sponsor of the following breakfast program to be held on Wednesday, February 4:

Nice or Necessary? Jewish-Arab People-to-People Programs

Breakfast Program with Joel Braunold, U.S. Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m.

Lenny's Deli (back room)
2379 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles (at Pico)

Bagel Breakfast: $15 (pay at door)

RSVP to apnwest@peacenow.org or 323-934-3480

Sponsors: Americans for Peace Now, American Friends of Neve Shalom Wahat al Salaam, J Street, Partners for Progressive Israel


The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a network of organizations that seek to build a secure just and sustainable peace, and conduct civil society work in conflict transformation, development, coexistence and cooperative activities on the ground in the Middle East among Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews.

There are more than 80 member organizations in ALLMEP, including the Arab-Jewish Village Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam and the bilingual and multicultural Hand in Hand schools, the Jerusalem one recently attacked in a hate crime.

Joel Braunold is the U.S. Director of ALLMEP, after having previously served in leadership roles in London and New York at the ALLMEP member organization PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement. He has received the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, and his insightful analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been published by national and international media outlets, including Ha'aretz.com, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast.

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APN Israel Study Tour 2015

collageI have written to you in past years to alert you to Americans for Peace Now’s annual Israel study tour, which I lead. These tours focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it, and examine Israel’s security and diplomatic challenges, as well as the situation on the Palestinian side.

This year’s tour is different. For one thing, it takes place earlier than the usual – April 25 to April 30 – which means that time for registration is short.

The timing of this year’s tour gives us a unique opportunity to observe Israeli society right after general elections, as a new government coalition takes shape, and with it new policies – for better or worse. By the time we start our tour, five weeks after the March 17 general elections, we should expect a government coalition to have been formed and maybe even sworn in. Considering the importance of these elections, and regardless of their results, the period following the elections will be pivotal for Israel’s future as is the ever-revolving Middle Eastern regional kaleidoscope.

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April 25-30 are the dates for this year's tour, a spring tour, based out of Tel Aviv. 


Participants will explore Israel and the West Bank, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and efforts to resolve it.

This year, we are planning some new programming with a special emphasis on Israel’s policy path following its March 17 general elections.

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APN's "What Would Leibel Do (WWLD)?" Awards Dinner - Boston

Peter Beinart

Don’t miss APN’s "What Would Leibel Do? (WWLD?)" awards dinner! Renowned author and commentator Peter Beinart will be joining us - the list of speakers and guests continues to grow - RSVP now to be part of this special event!





Hyatt Regency, 1 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Reception at 5:45 P.M. Dinner & Program at 7:00 P.M.

Please RSVP by clicking here
You may RSVP by calling or emailing 202-408-9898 • apnboston@peacenow.orgwww.peacenow.org

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Briefing call: Akiva Eldar on Israeli early elections

akiva_eldar186x139On December 8, 2014, APN hosted Akiva Eldar of al-Monitor.com, the former chief political writer of Israel's Haaretz, for a briefing call on the Israeli political scene following the decision taken by Israel's political leaders to hold early elections in March 2015.

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APN"s Lara Friedman at MEI conference: "After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process"

Lara_at_MEI-confWatch "After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,"  moderated by APN's Director of Policy and Government Relations, Lara Friedman. The panel  features  Shlomo Ben-Ami, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer, Khalil Shikaki, and Khaled Elgindy at MEI's 68th Annual Conference, "Navigating the Storm: The Middle East in 2015."


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Peace Now rally against the "Jewish State" bill in Jerusalem

bullhornThousands of Israelis turned out Saturday night for a large rally in Jerusalem, organized by Peace Now, to protest the “Jewish State” bill and other anti-democratic initiatives of the Israeli government. The rally was held opposite the Prime Minister’s residence. The keynote speakers were former Shin Bet director Carmi Gillon, former minister of education Yossi Sarid, and Israel’s leading rapper, Shaanan Streett, the soloist of popular hip-hop band Hadag Nachash.



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