APN/Peace Now In the News - February 24-28, 2019

APN/Peace Now In the News

The Jewish Press: "Peace Now Petitions AIPAC to Disinvite Netanyahu" (2/28/19)

Americans for Peace Now (APN) on Wednesday launched an online petition calling on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to "condemn and disinvite Netanyahu."

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World Israel News: "Americans for Peace Now petition AIPAC to ‘disinvite’ Netanyahu" (2/28/19)

"Benjamin Netanyahu has forged an alliance with racists," states the petition, denouncing him for including the Otzma Yehudit party in the joint list.

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NY Times Editorial: "Netanyahu Sparks Outrage Over Pact With Racist Party" (2/24/19)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made something of an art form of cutting deals with small Israeli political parties, but his latest alliance has earned him denunciations from quarters where he has usually been able to count on unshakable support...

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APN/Peace Now In The News - February 16-22, 2019

Times of Israel: "In 2016 Bernie Sanders pushed the Democrats on Israel. Is he now mainstream?" (1/20/19)

Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations for Americans for Peace Now: "He's not so much out there on the left flank as he was... He is starting to pull some folks a little bit more in his direction."

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Ha'aretz: "Clashes Erupt During Eviction of Palestinian Family From East Jerusalem Home" (1/19/19)

Hagit Ofran of the anti-settlement organization Peace Now said: "...it's cruel and hard-hearted to throw a family out of their home and move other people in for political ideological reasons... (it) undermines the moral basis of the Israeli demand that Palestinians not be given the right of return to their properties."

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JTA: "Ilhan Omar apologizes to Jewish groups for hurt caused by AIPAC tweet" (1/19/19)

APN participated in a confidential conference call with Jewish organizations in which Rep. Ilhan Omar apologized for any hurt caused by her tweets suggesting that AIPAC pays politicians to support Israel.

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APN/Peace Now In The News - January 27 - February 2, 2019

The Economist: "Israel's growing settlements force stark choices about its future" (2/2/19)

"New home approvals nearly quadrupled from 5,000 in 2015-16 to 19,000 in 2017-18, according to Peace Now..." (Peace Now was also a significant source of the data used in the article)

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Ha'aretz: "I was a settler. I know how settlers become killers" By Shabtay Bendet, Director of Peace Now's Settlement Watch Team (1/30/19)

I helped establish the illegal West Bank outpost where the suspects in the murder of a Palestinian woman, Aisha Rabi, studied. I've watched the Israeli right wing radicalize to the point of devaluing human life - for anyone who isn't Jewish.

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The Hill: "Congress must move quickly to fix the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act" By Debra Shushan, APN Director of Policy and Government Relations (1/28/19)

In a perversely ironic turn, a law intended to aid American victims of international terrorist attacks will strike a serious blow to counterterrorism cooperation that keeps Israelis (and Americans visiting Israel) safe.

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APN In the News: January 11-18, 2019

The National: "Israel rushes to boost illegal settlements with Donald Trump in power" (1/14/19)

"From this data we have deduced that the Israeli government has for a second year supported a dramatically higher rate of settlement growth, due to domestic reasons and because of the unwillingness of the US administration to deter settlement expansion," Brian Reeves, director of external relations at Peace Now.

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Jerusalem Post: "Analysis: Does peace with the Palestinians matter this Israeli election? " (1/14/19)

The Palestinians, peace talks, and settlements seem to be almost entirely irrelevant to this election season... Perhaps Labor's shift from what used to be one of its defining issues is why former Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer moved from being a Labor candidate to running in Meretz.

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Washington Jewish Week: "Hogan's BDS order to be tested in court" (1/11/19)

Americans for Peace Now opposes Hogan's executive order because it erases the difference between Israel and the occupied West Bank, said Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations. The group, which monitors the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, opposes BDS.

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APN In the News: Dec 14 - Dec 21

Ynet: "Settlers rebuild at evacuated outpost in wake of attacks" (12/19/18)

Peace Now: "There is no limit to the cynicism of the hilltop criminals who exploit the events of recent days to trample the law and ignite disturbances, all with public funds... These pyromaniacs are backed by Knesset members and local politicians.

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Fathom Journal: "Israel's land policy | Khan al-Ahmar and 'state land' allocations in the West Bank" by Hagit Ofran, Peace Now Settlement Watch Director (December 2018)

New information obtained by Peace Now reveals that since 1967, 99.8 per cent of the 'state land' Israel allocated in the West Bank was for the needs of Israeli settlers, while the Palestinians, who constitute 87 per cent of the West Bank population, were allocated at most only 0.24 per cent...

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The Intercept: "A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States - so She Lost Her Job" by Glenn Greenwald (12/17/18)

...boycotting Israeli companies in the occupied territories has long been advocated in mainstream venues by Jewish Zionist groups such as Peace Now and the Jewish-American Zionist writer Peter Beinart.

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Times of Israel: "Trump administration mum as Israel mulls legalizing 66 outposts" (12/17/18)

Following the bill's approval, it was immediately castigated by the settlement watchdog Peace Now and the attorney general's office, which said the proposal "raises significant legal problems, which may even lead to international repercussions and expose Israel to significant risks in this respect."

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Jerusalem Post: "After Terror Attacks, Bill Legalizing Settler Outposts Passes First Hurdle" (12/16/18)

"...Such bills that actually tell the settlers: You are above the law, and if you break the law not only will you not be punished, but we will legalize your actions," Peace Now stated.

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The Intercept: "Messianic Jewish Lobbying Group Builds Support for U.S.-Funded Ethnic Cleansing Plan in Palestine" (12/16/18)

Debra Shushan, the director of policy at the group Americans for Peace Now, said that under normal circumstances, any such proposal would never gain traction and would be viewed as comically extreme. But in the Trump era, once unthinkable demands have quickly become policy on Israel and Palestine...

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Jerusalem Post: "Settlers Rebuild the Amona Outpost to Protest Terror Attacks" (12/14/18)

Hagit Ofran of the left-wing group Peace Now said, "It does not matter if the land was purchased legally or not" because the placement of the modular structures on the hilltop without approval was illegal... Peace Now plans to demand that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit investigate the settlers' actions, she said.

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APN In the News: Nov 24- Dec 13

We at APN are sad to inform you that long-time board member Elaine Attias has passed away. Elaine, who lived in the Los Angeles area, possessed a great intellect and spirit, and was a fighter for social justice and a champion of progressive causes. Elaine made a significant imprint on this world and will be missed and remembered. (LA Times Obituary)

The Times of Israel: AG green-lights legalization of 2,000 settler homes built on Palestinian land (12/13/18)

Peace Now settlement watchdog blasted the prime minister in a fiery statement."After a painful day that consisted of a number of attacks, instead of showing responsibility and trying to calm the situation, the prime minister, as usual, is working to fan the flames. The series of steps he has proposed are dangerous. Not only will they not prevent the next murder, but they will only distance us from the solution that could one day stop the cycle of bloodshed...".

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Ha'aretz: "One-state Solution Gains Ground in America - and pro-Israel Groups Are Worried" by Amir Tibon (12/13/18)

Dr. Debra Shushan, director of policy and government relations at Americans for Peace Now, tells Haaretz that what is driving up support for a one-state solution among left-wingers in America is the aggressive, annexationist policies of the current Israeli government and its failure to pursue a two-state solution.

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Times of Israel: "Jewish Home calls for legalizing Ofra settlement homes after terror attack" (12/10/18)

In 2007, the Peace Now settlement watchdog published official state documents proving that the government had allowed for the construction of hundreds of homes on land expropriated from Palestinians from the nearby village of Ein Yabroud.

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Philadelphia Inquirer: "What Marc Lamont Hill and the Israeli government have in common" by Trudy Rubin (12/5/18)

...The Israeli government is pursuing "leaping not creeping annexation" of the West Bank, in the words of the Americans for Peace Now organization. That refers to Israeli settlement expansion that has virtually ruled out any contiguous Palestinian entity on the West Bank.

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The Jewish Chronicle: "American Jewish progressives defend Airbnb's decision to remove Israeli West Bank properties" (12/7/18)

A group of American progressive Jewish groups has written an open letter in support of Airbnb's decision to remove Israeli listings in the West Bank, describing illegal settlements as "illegitimate, and immoral".

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Foreign Policy: "Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel by Shibley Telhami (12/11/18)

New polling shows that the U.S. public's views on Israel's policies are shifting.

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APN In the News: Nov 17- Nov 23

The Times of Israel: Before he quit, Liberman said to tell IDF top brass they sound like Peace Now (12/6/18)

'I sometimes feel like I'm consulting with the management of Peace Now,' then-defense minister reportedly sniped at IDF chief Eisenkot, who was said to oppose Gaza ground operation.

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APN and Fellow Jewish Organizations Send Letter to Minister Erdan on Airbnb (12/5/18)

The letter conveys dismay at Israel Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan's attempt to enlist US governors to apply pro-settlements laws which are likely unconstitutional.

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PeaceCast #64: Arab Citizens on Israel's National Soccer Team (11/30/18)

Eight out of the 22 players on the current Israeli soccer national team are non-Jews. Tomer Fadlon, an expert on the politics and diplomacy of soccer at Tel Aviv University explains the apparent contradiction and much more.

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APN In The News: Nov 11- Nov 16

Go HERE for a recording of yesterday's briefing call with Yossi Alpher (below is the edited PeaceCast version), and HERE to see APN's Form 990 for 2017, recently submitted to the IRS that provides the organization's financial information.

PeaceCast #62: Gaza Flareup - A Talk with Yossi Alpher (11/16/18)

This episode is an edited down version of a November 15th 2018 briefing call with strategic affairs expert Yossi Alpher, a former senior Mossad official and the former director of Tel Aviv University's Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies.

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NOW AVAILABLE: APN's groundbreaking settlements map app (11/13/18)

On Tuesday, November 13, APN released the new, completely revamped and upgraded version of its Facts on the Ground Map App, available for free on iPhone and Android.

APN In The News: Nov 3-Nov 9

PeaceCast: "Bridge over Blood - Friendship between Israelis and Gazans" (11/9/18)

This episode features a conversation with Ose Oyamendan, a documentary filmmaker whose film A Bridge Over Blood documents efforts by Israeli peace activists in southern Israel and Palestinian activists in the Gaza Strip to build bridges of understanding and friendship to advance peace.

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APN Congratulations and Resources for the 116th Congress (11/7/18)

APN congratulates the legislators elected yesterday to the House of Representatives and the Senate. In particular, we welcome new members of Congress. As they prepare to come to Washington, we encourage them to deepen their understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We invite them to use APN as a resource for enhancing their efforts on Capitol Hill to advance peace between Israel, the Palestinians, and the Arab world.

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Trump's New Iran Sanctions Isolate US and Increase Risk of War (11/5/18)

APN opposes the Trump administration's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran, a step that jeopardizes both American and Israeli security and is likely to embolden Iran's hardliners.

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APN/Peace Now In the News Oct 20-Nov 2

Two new episodes of APN's PeaceCast podcast were released this week:

  • #59: Gaza, Preparing for Dawn featuring Donald McIntyre, the former Jerusalem bureau chief of the British Independent, and author of a new book on the Gaza Strip.
  • #60: Critical Engagement: American Jews and Israel featuring Dov Waxman, a Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies at Northeastern University, and Director of Northeastern’s Middle East Program.

The Times of Israel: "A ‘balanced’ Rabin rally does us all a disfavor by Peace Now's Brian Reeves" by Peace Now's Brian Reeves (11/2/18)

We don’t need another vanilla gathering to pat ourselves on the back. If you want to galvanize the moderate majority, take on a real challenge to repair and strengthen our country — one worthy of Rabin’s legacy.

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Ha'aretz Compendium: "Two Years of Trump Donald Trump, President of the United States of Hate?" (11/1/18)

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin's "For 40 Years, I’ve Fought for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. But a Trump-brokered Deal?

No Israeli-Palestinian deal sullied by Donald Trump's fingerprints can be trusted, because the man himself can’t be trusted and neither can his word

Debra Shushan's "The Day Donald Trump Was Crowned King in Jerusalem"

Along with many other U.S. Jews, I wanted to feel pride at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. But amid the carnage in Gaza, I felt nausea.

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Ha'aretz: "U.S. Jewish Groups Say They Support a Two State Solution. So Why Are They So Quiet While Trump Dismantles It? " by APN's Debra Shushan and Ori Nir (10/24/18)

Amid a barrage of anti-Palestinian actions, a tacit endorsement of Israel’s West Bank annexation, and an occupation-denying U.S. Ambassador, are the big guns of U.S. Jewry – AIPAC, ADL, AJC, JFNA – really too afraid to rock the boat with Trump?

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