APN/Peace Now In the News - January 29 - February 7, 2020

Middle East Eye: "Israel's Palestinian minority has good reason to fear Trump's plan" (February 7, 2020)

According to figures published by Peace Now this week, some 380,000 Palestinians – 260,000 in the Triangle and a further 120,000 in East Jerusalem – would be "swapped out" to a Palestinian state.

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The Times of Israel: "Thousands march in Tel Aviv against Trump plan" (February 2, 2020)

Organizers from the Peace Now anti-settlement group said thousands marched in the demonstration at Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square, held under the banner of “Peace plan, not annexation deal.”

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The Jerusalem Post: "Left rallies in Tel Aviv against ‘apartheid,’ ‘transfer’ plan" (February 2, 2020)

Peace Now organized the event, which included a march and a rally.

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NBC News: "Trump peace plan would likely extend decades-old conflict, analysts warn" (January 29, 2020)

Today, the West Bank is home to 2.6 million Palestinians and more than 400,000 Israelis, according to anti-settlement group Peace Now, and the area has long served as the center of Palestinian hopes for an independent state.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - January 20-23, 2020

The Times of Israel (Live Updates): "Peace Now: Any plan not based on 1967 borders will end up in dustbin of history" (January 23, 2020)

On the left, the Peace Now organization is also warning it probably won’t be a fan of the Trump peace plan. "Any proposal that does not include the formation of a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders and the evacuation of solitary settlements is a deception that will end up in the dustbin of history," the group says.

The Jerusalem Post: "Arab family to be evicted from east Jerusalem home on formerly Jewish land" (January 21, 2020)

"This is an attempt to displace a Palestinian community and to replace it with an Israeli one, in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem," said Peace Now in response to the decision. "In addition to the hard blow to the prospects for a two-state solution by preventing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, this is an injustice and an act of cruelty to throw out families who have lived lawfully in their homes for decades."

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Ha'aretz: "Anti-occupation, Pro-religious Pluralism Activists Aim Big in World Zionist Congress Vote" (January 20, 2020)

Organizations represented also include Aleph, Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair, the Jewish Labor Committee, the National Council of Jewish Women, the New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel and T’ruah.

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France 24 (AFP): "Palestinian family pledge appeal over Jerusalem eviction ruling" (January 20, 2020)

The Israeli anti-settlement NGO Peace Now said a Jerusalem magistrates court ruled Sunday in favour of evicting the Rajabi family from their home in the Silwan neighbourhood following a lawsuit filed by members of the pro-settlement Ateret Cohanim organisation.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - January 15-16, 2020

Independent: "Israel to open seven new nature reserves in occupied West Bank" (January 16, 2020)

According to Israeli rights group Peace Now, which monitors settlement expansion, more than a third of the proposed location of the new reserves is on private Palestinian land, making it illegal even under Israeli law.

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Al Jazeera: "Israel creates seven 'nature reserves' in occupied West Bank" (January 15, 2020)

According to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, the designated reserves total about 5,300 hectares (13,096 acres), some 40 percent of it under private Palestinian ownership. Under Israel laws regulating nature reserves, Palestinians would be forbidden to cultivate their own land, the Peace Now's Hagit Ofran said.

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France 24 (AFP): "Israel turns swathes of occupied West Bank into 'nature reserves'" (January 15, 2020)

Under Israel laws regulating nature reserves, Palestinians would be forbidden to cultivate their own land, the NGO's [Peace Now's] Hagit Ofran said. "If it's a nature reserve, then you can uproot their (Palestinians') trees and tell them they need a special permit for any agricultural activity," she told AFP.

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Yossi Alpher responds to critique of "Israel and U.S. Jews must break their shared silence"

Israeli security expert Yossi Alpher's response to a Washington Jewish Week letter to the editor critiquing APN activist Barbara Green's opinion piece "Israel and U.S. Jews must break their shared silence

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APN / Peace Now In the News - December 24-31, 2019

The Times of Israel: "High Court hampers settlement group’s ability to receive public funds" (December 31, 2020)

The ruling came after a February petition from the settlement watchdog Peace Now against Amana, a group that promotes settlements, in which the former argued Amana has been illegally receiving millions of shekels from regional and local councils beyond the Green Line.

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Washington Jewish Week: "More about those ‘bad' Israeli soldiers" by Yossi Alpher (December 24, 2019)

...American Jewish organizations like Americans for Peace Now that host Breaking the Silence always unfailingly condemn Palestinian violence against Israelis. Just check their websites...

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Jewish Telegraphic Agency: "Vying for seats at World Zionist Congress, liberal newcomers like Peter Beinart hope to block Israeli settlements funding"(December 24, 2019)

Morton Klein, the president of the conservative Zionist Organization of America, is acutely aware of the changes that an expanded Hatikvah list could bring. He noted that at least one group on the expanded Hatikvah list, Americans for Peace Now, supports boycotting settlement goods.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - December 17-19, 2019

Ha'aretz: "Israel Said Expelled Hebron Monitors Caused 'Friction,' but Provided No Evidence" (December 19, 2019)

Peace Now said in a statement that "It's very grave to find out that the only thing that was behind Netanyahu's decision to breach an international accord and harm Israel's image and foreign relations by expelling the TIPH observers were demands made by settlers and right-wing NGO that oppose TIPH presence in Hebron."

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Ha'aretz: "Israel's Settlement Spending Rose, Even After Golan Heights Removed From the Equation" (December 17, 2019)

Peace Now, which tracks government spending on settlements, says that the high level of spending comes at the expense of communities inside Israel. "The government has lost all sense of shame," the organization said.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - December 8, 2019

Ha'aretz: "Israel's Campaign to Destabilize Jordan" by Ori Nir, APN Director of Communications (December 8, 2019)

After 25 years of peace, humiliation and disappointment, Jordan fears Israel's next moves will constitute an existential threat to the kingdom

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APN's Ori Nir OpEd in Ha'aretz: "Israel’s Campaign to Destabilize Jordan"

After 25 years of peace, humiliation and disappointment, Jordan fears Israel's next moves will constitute an existential threat to the kingdom

by Ori Nir 

Dec 08, 2019

Crossing the Allenby Bridge back into Israel, after visiting Jordan just after the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, an occasion that was not celebrated either in Israel or in Jordan, I felt despondent. Jordan’s monarch recently depicted his country's relationship with Israel as being "at an all-time low."

Senior Jordanian officials haven't yet entirely given up hoping Israel will wake up to the need to preserve relations with Jordan, rather than undermining them. But they also know that widely-flagged future moves by a right-wing Israeli government - not least, West Bank annexation – could be critically destabilizing for Jordan, and a lethal blow for bilateral relations.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - December 4, 2019

Jerusalem Post: "Construction permits, investment in settlements dramatically up " (December 4, 2019)

According to Peace Now, the number of plans for housing units in Judea and Samaria as a whole that have received initial or final approval since the beginning of the Trump administration has risen threefold over the figures for the latter years of the Obama administration.

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APN / Peace Now In the News - November 18 - 21, 2019

CGTN TV: "Debra Shushan discusses Israeli indictment of Netanyahu" (November 21, 2019)

CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now, about the Israeli indictment of Netanyahu.

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Washington Jewish Week: "Trump nods to the Israeli dissenting interpretation" by Ori Nir, APN Director of Communications (November 20, 2019)

Had Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined me and my APN colleagues on our West Bank study tour last week, we would have shown him how fraught with illegality and illegitimacy West Bank settlements are.

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Independent: "Trump's decision to drop US opposition to Israeli settlements is an assault on the two-state solution" by Brian Reeves, Peace Now Director of External Relations (November 20, 2019)

Without US pressure to uphold international law, Israel is now left free to build in settlements at will and to seize parts of the West Bank.

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BBC News: "US settlement move reduces chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal" (November 19, 2019)

Previous US administrations opposed settlement construction as an obstacle to peace, and tried to limit it to varying degrees. But planning and building have accelerated under the Trump administration, according to the Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now.

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Reuters: "U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process" (November 18, 2019)

"He can declare that night is day, but it will not change the fact that Israeli settlements are not only illegal under international law, but are also a huge obstacle to peace and to the stability of our region," said Hagit Ofran of the Israeli anti-settlements group Peace Now.

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