APN/Peace Now in the News: June 5-9, 2017

Times of Israel: June 7, 2017
"Israel advances plans for 1,500 West Bank homes," quotes a Peace Now statement that the Civil Administration committee approved next step for building houses 1,500 settlement homes, including102 at Amihai, first new settlement in 25 years.

Ma'an News: June 6, 2017
"Israel advances plans to expand illegal West Bank settlements," according to a statement by Peace Now, Israel is advancing plans for 1,500 housing units in West Bank settlements.

Al-Monitor (AFP story): June 6, 2017
"Israel advances plans for 1,500 West Bank settler homes: Peace Now," quotes a Peace Now statement saying "By promoting the establishment of the first new settlement in 25 years, as well as thousands of additional settlement units, Netanyahu's actions speak louder than his empty words on peace."

Israel Story: June 5, 2017
"Peace Now. Almost," Israel Story juxtaposes coverage of two different rallies marking 50 years since the Six-Day War in 1967, including Peace Now's rally and a rally in Hebron.

APN/Peace Now in the News: May 27- June 2, 2017

JTA: May 28, 2017
"Thousands rally in Tel Aviv for two states, against occupation," thousands gather in Tel Aviv for Peace Now rally for two states, against occupation.

Ma'an News: May 28, 2017
"Tens of thousands of Israelis attend 'two states one hope' demonstration in Tel Aviv," a message from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was read during the rally which said: "There isn't a voice stronger than the voice of just and inclusive peace, just like there isn't a voice stronger than the right of people for self-determination and freedom from the burden of occupation."

PressTV (AFP story): May 28, 2017
"Israeli protesters support Palestinian state, urge end to occupation," Peace Now rally supports Palestinian state and urges end to occupation.

Ynet News: May 27, 2017
"'Two states, One hope'—peace demonstration held in Rabin Square," quotes Avi Buskila ahead of the rally saying, "From Rabin Square, a clear message will be sent: Yes to hope—not to be afraid, yes to two states—not to one bi-national state, yes to a better future for Israel—no to annexation and continued control over millions of Palestinians in the West Bank."

Jerusalem Post: May 27, 2017
"Thousands on Left rally for two-state solution," thousands turn out to Peace Now rally for two-state solution.

Times of Israel: May 27, 2017
"On Trump’s tailwinds, thousands to attend Tel Aviv pro-peace rally," high turn-out expected for Peace Now rally against 50 years of occupation.

Deutche Welle: May 27, 2017
"Tel Aviv rally for two-state model," Peace Now rally expresses support for two-state solution.

APN/Peace Now in the News: May 13-19, 2017

Haaretz: May 19, 2017
"Trump peace deal? No thanks"
By APN Board member Letty Cottin Pogrebin

I’ve been an unapologetic, indefatigable peacenik for more than 30 years, advocating, agitating, writing, and lobbying for the United States to use its power and influence to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Yet I do not want Donald Trump to come home with a deal.

I haven’t given up on the peace process. I’ve given up on this president -because I want the two-state solution to succeed. Continue reading...

Arutz 7: May 18, 2017
"Peace Now Against Rami Kleinstein," Peace Now critical of musician Rami Kleinstein for performing in Hebron.


APN/ Peace Now in the News: May 1-12, 2017

Haaretz: May 12, 2017
"Trump's policy on Israel turns U.S. Jewish groups topsy-turvy," APN among dovish American Jewish groups who say they'll support Trump if he's serious about peace (APN's Ori Nir quoted). 

The New York Jewish Week: May 3, 2017
"Travel Ban Law Roiling Birthright, Liberals," APN opposes Israel's new "Entry Law" - cancels Israel tour.

APN/ Peace Now in the News: April 22-28, 2017

Times of Israel: April 28, 2017
"Police prevent left-wing rally at outpost against settler violence," Peace Now (and other activists) blocked from reaching West Bank outpost to demonstrate.

JTA: April 26, 2017
"Reform head asks Netanyahu to clarify how anti-boycott law will affect Israeli trip participants," Following APN's cancellation of their Israel trip, Reform Movement sends letter to Netanyahu re: "Entry Law."

Jerusalem Post: April 26, 2017
"Israeli NGOs after German Foreign Minister meeting: We don't take orders from Netanyahu," Peace Now criticizes Netanyahu for delegitimizing dissenting non-profits.

Arutz 7: April 24, 2017
"Netanyahu issues ultimatum to German foreign minister," Netanyahu to German Foreign Minister: If you meet with Peace Now, I won't meet with you.

JTA: April 24, 2017
"Americans for Peace Now cancels annual Israel trip over anti-boycott law," APN cancels annual Israel trip for the first time in 30 years.

Haaretz: April 22, 2017
"First Jewish-American Group Cancels Trip to Israel Over Travel Ban Against Boycott Supporters," APN cancels tour due to new "Entry Law." 

Jerusalem Post: April 22, 2017
"Peace Now: New West Bank outpost built in last two weeks," Peace Now condemns establishment of new illegal outpost in the West Bank.

Haaretz: April 22, 2017
"Israeli Sets Up New 'Jewish-Arab' Outpost, to Chagrin of Settler Neighbors," Peace Now condemns establishment of new illegal outpost in the West Bank.

APN/Peace Now in the News: April 17-21, 2017

The Forward: April 20, 2017
"Israel's Settlement Blocs Block Prospects for Peace"
By Ori Nir

Everybody knows,” goes the argument. “Everybody knows that under any future Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, West Bank settlement blocs will be annexed to Israel.” And because everyone knows that, the argument goes, Israel should be allowed, even encouraged, to continue unhindered with settlement construction in the “blocs.”

Proponents of construction in settlement blocs argue the following. There is an Israeli consensus around the future annexation of the blocs once a peace agreement is signed. Even the PLO gave a nod of approval for such a scenario. Both Israelis and Palestinians have accepted the principle of “land swaps” (Israel compensating the Palestinians for lands it will annex east of the Green Line with Israeli land West of the Green Line). The US has made it clear that it will not insist on an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines. Given all that, they say, why not build in areas that “everybody knows” Israel will end up keeping and annexing? How could that damage future negotiations? Continue reading...



APN/ Peace Now in the News: March 31 - April 7, 2017

The Australian Jewish News: April 6, 2017
Plans for New Settlement Condemned,” Peace Now’s Anat Ben Nun says that the creation of a new settlement in the West Bank sends a strong message that Israel is no longer interested in pursuing a two-state solution.

NPR: April 5, 2017
"Assessing Israel's Pledge to Scale Back Settlements," Peace Now's Hagit Ofran quoted on Israel's new settlement policy.

972+: April 4, 2017
Why Settlement Boycotters Shouldn’t Join the BDS Movement,” APN warns that the bills targeting BDS activists and settlement boycotters fail to differentiate between Israel proper and settlements themselves.

Times of Israel: April 3, 2017
Planned Amona 2.0 Might Not House West Bank Settlers for 3 Years,” Peace Now’s Hagit Ofran explains that while planning and approving settlements can take a long time, the government knows how to expedite the process to further their goals of strategically fragmenting the West Bank.

New York Times: March 31, 2017
"Israel Says It Will Rein In 'Footprint' Of West Bank Settlements," Peace Now skeptical of Israeli government's new settlement policy. 

Jerusalem Post: March 31, 2017
"Netanyahu under right wing pressure to continue settlement expansion," Peace Now skeptical of Israeli government's new settlement policy.

Los Angeles Times: March 31, 2017
"Israel approves settlement deep in the West Bank for the first time in two decades but pledges future controls," Peace Now skeptical of Israeli government's new settlement policy.

Daily News (UK): March 31, 2017
"US warns Israel on 'unrestrained' settlement building," Peace Now reacts to Israeli government's new Israeli settlement measures: "Netanyahu is held captive by the settlers."

Washington Post (AP Story): March 31, 2017
"Israel says will try to curb growth of settlement footprint," Peace Now says the Israeli government's new settlement policy actually serves the settlers.

San Francisco Chronicle: March 31, 2017
"Israel's new law seeks to silence settlement protests," Ori Nir is quoted in a story on Israel's new Entry Ban arguing that Israel should "should be cognizant of the repercussions" of "dissing a huge sector of a very pro-Israel American demographic."

APN/ Peace Now in the News: March 27-31, 2017

BBC: March 31, 2017
Israel Approves First New West Bank Settlement in 20 years,” Peace Now reports that in addition to the plans to build a new settlement outside Shilo, Israel approved tenders to build 1,992 new homes in at least four other existing settlements.

Times of Israel: March 31, 2017
Palestinians, UN Chief Rap New Settlement for Amona Evacuees,” Peace Now warns that the announcement of an entirely new settlement fragments the West Bank and the possibility of a future Palestinian state.

WBT: March 31, 2017
Israeli PM Limits Settlements While Announcing New One,” Peace Now’s Lior Amihai writes that in building a new settlement, the Israeli government is only trying to appease its right-wing settler minority.

Washington Post: March 29, 2017
"Is Israel losing it's soul?," Richard Cohen's op-ed quotes APN Board member, Letty Cottin Pogrebin's piece in Haaretz about the entry ban.

APN/ Peace Now in the News: March 13-24, 2017

Aljazeera: March 23, 2017
Israel Built 2,630 Illegal Homes in West Bank last year,” Peace Now cites that 14,017 homes were started when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s returned to office in 2009. 

i24 News: March 23, 2017
US Asked Israel to Halt Building Outside Settlement Blocs, Impose Quota: Report,” Peace Now reports that Israel’s settlement construction plans in 2016 were the second highest number in 15 years. 

Times of Israel: March 22, 2017
West Bank Settlement Construction Up in 2016 - Report,” Peace Now warns that the sharp increase in settlements shows the Palestinians and the international community that Israel is not looking for two-state solution.

Arutz 7: March 22, 2017
"Construction in Judea and Samaria rises 40% in 2016," Peace Now says construction in West Bank settlements increased by 40% in 2016.

Jordan Times: March 22, 2017
"Sharp rise in Israeli settlement projects in 2016," According to Peace Now, 2016 saw a sharp 40% increase in Israeli settlement construction.

The Forward: March 15, 2017
"Dovish Jewish Groups ‘Heartbroken’ At Prospect Of Being Banned From Israel," APN seeks clarifications from the Israeli government regarding new "Entry Law"

APN/Peace Now in the News: March 6 - 10, 2017

Haaretz: March 9, 2019
"Am I Too Dangerous to Enter Israel?"
By Letty Cottin Pogrebin

If supporting a non-violent boycott of the settlements makes me an enemy of the Israeli state, so be it. But Israel's border officers will have to hear my story before they turn me away for good. Continue reading...

Times of Israel: March 8, 2017
"UK's Johnson tours West Bank settlements with Peace Now," UK Foreign Secretary receives briefing on West Bank settlements from Peace Now 

Associated Press: March 8, 2017
"Johnson says Britain still backs 2-state solution in Mideast," UK Foreign Minister tours the West Bank with Peace Now

New York Times: March 7, 2017
"New Israel Law Bars Foreign Critics From Entering the Country," APN's Lara Friedman quoted on new Israeli "Entry Law"

Voice of America: March 7, 2017
"Israel to Close Borders to Backers of Pro-Arab Boycott," APN calls Israel’s new anti-BDS bill a “severe blow to Israeli democracy.

Jerusalem Post: March 7, 2017
"Settlers call on UK's Foreign Secretary Johnson to Visit," After learning that UK Foreign Secretary will meet with Peace Now for a briefing, settler leaders say they want to meet him, too. 

Jewish Telegraph Agency: March 6, 2017
"Knesset bans entry to foreigners calling for boycotts of Israel," APN’s CEO, Debra DeLee, warns that Israel’s new anti-BDS bill violates of its own democratic principles, most notably the freedom of political expression.

Jerusalem Post: March 6, 2017
"Anti-settlement Peace Now to Brief UK's Boris Johnson on Settlements," Peace Now’s Lior Amihai to brief British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, on the status of settlements on Wednesday, March 8. 


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